Construction on the first phase of the multi-field Snoqualmie Valley Athletic Center sports complex in North Bend is slated to begin on Sept. 14.
When completed, it will have space for several field configurations. These include space for four Little League baseball fields, or two soccer, football or lacrosse fields. The baseball fields will be able to accommodate high school, junior league and softball teams.
These fields are expected to be completed by May 2021, and possibly by this coming February, said Wende Miller with Bendigo Properties, which is behind the project.
“It’s a pretty quick construction timeline,” she said.
A second phase of the project will build a 75,000-square-foot building. It will include a dozen full-size basketball courts, an athletic training facility and offices.
The project has been in the works for about six years. Because the facility is a special use project, there were many hurdles the developers had to clear before construction began.
One of these hurdles is getting the city to run a sewer line to the 12-acre property, which is located along Boalch Avenue NW, near State Route 202. The developers, and more than 50 property owners in the Meadowbrook area, have asked the North Bend City Council to extend sewer lines to their properties.
After construction begins on the first phase of the project, Miller said they will move to finalize the design of the building. They hope to have it completed within two years, which ideally will coincide with the delivery of a sewer line to the neighborhood.
Miller said the project will be a draw for the community.
“We’re just really excited to get going and deliver this, hopefully on time and on budget,” Miller said.
Work on the project will be conducted between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays, and possibly from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.