Other locations in the running for the complex include Georgia, Illinois, California and Ohio, as well as New Orleans, said Kenneth Bardwell, chairman and CEO of Motown Technology.
said the incentive package discussed so far puts Winchester-Clark County into "serious consideration" for the project.
The facility would have a 14,000-seat arena, a surf park that re-creates beach surf, a fitness area with running track, 12 basketball courts, tennis courts, soccer fields, baseball fields, a family fun center, an IMAX movie theater, and party and banquet rooms.
The complex would charge admissions and fees for various uses but would also sell memberships, Bardwell
"We could possibly link up to a local hospital," Bardwell
The 180-acre site for the proposed complex is about half a mile off Exit 96 and on the north side of Interstate 64.
said proximity to and visibility from the interstate is "very important for a facility like that."
A similar project was proposed for Romulus, Mich., a town of 24,000 on Detroit's south side, but the Winchester-Clark complex "is a different design altogether," Bardwell
said the Romulus project announced in 2007 "is a dead issue" because "the incentives we were looking for were not available.
In looking at Kentucky
, Lexington had initially been a possible site for the complex, Bardwell
is familiar with Lexington, he
said, because he
has cousins who live here.
looked outside Lexington because a suitable site wasn't available.
"We needed between 150 to 200 acres of land, and I don't think they really had that kind of parcel that they could propose to us," he
said Motown Technology
intends to apply for a Tourism Development Act tax credit from the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet.