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Community To Discuss Bojangles Coliseum Redevelopment

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Charlotte, NC - Bojangles Coliseum is long past it's prime. What was once a sporting venue in well-developed part of Charlotte is now a less-than-pristine venue used for family shows and high school graduations.

What to do about the massive eye sore on Independence Blvd has been a talking point for years, but in January of this year, the city entered into serious talks with a Florida based developer on turning the site into a large hotel and indoor amateur sports complex.

Tonight, representatives from the city answered questions from community members about the redevelopment plan. Their biggest concerns were parking and heavy traffic.

The plans would see a brand new field house and hotel sharing the area with an update and renovated Bojangles Coliseum and Ovens Auditorium.

The goal would be to draw in amateur sports tournaments to rent space in the field house -- that will be large enough to house right high school size basketball courts -- and stay in the neighboring hotel.

Charlotte's Economic Development Manager Brad Richardson says the city owns the land and already has $25 million in property tax bonds that could be used for the project.

Right now, they're working to get the proposal approved by city council, but there are still several questions that need answering.

While community members seemed excited about reinvigorating the area, they were still skeptical as to whether or not the plans will actually come to fruition.
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