MOUNT VERNON - The City Council has taken a big step toward building a new sports area at Memorial Field with the approval of $20.7 million in borrowing.
The city will issue $2.3 million in bonds to pay for parking, open space improvements and construction at Memorial Field, whose 1930 stadium near the Pelham border is a local landmark to many who patronize the shopping center across Sanford Boulevard.
The old stadium will be razed next year to make way for a sports complex, which will include an illuminated synthetic-turf football/soccer field; natural-turf illuminated soccerfield; grandstands for 4,000; eight-lane track; and an illuminated basketball court.
The new buildings will include a ticket booth, concession stand, bathrooms and locker rooms.
The county's Westchester Legacy fund will pay for $9.7 million of the complex, with the city responsible for the balance of the total, estimated at $10.7 million by the city and $12.7 million by the county.
The council approved the borrowing at its Wednesday meeting, not long after county and city officials gathered Oct. 7 at Memorial Field to kick off preparations for the old stadium's demolition.
The new complex will serve city and county residents through an agreement for the county to lease the park from the city and contribute funds for the project.
In addition to spending on Memorial Field, the City Council voted to borrow an additional $18.4 million for a long list of improvement projects. The funds will pay for the renovation of various playgrounds, the Dole Center, the Armory, Fire Station 3 and other municipal buildings.
The bonds will also pay for street paving and sewer projects, fire-fighting equipment and municipal technology systems.