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Wrong Kenneth Bardwell?

Kenneth Bardwell W.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Motown Sports Facility , Inc.

Direct Phone: (248) ***-****       

Motown Sports Facility , Inc.

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Partner

Motown Sports Facility , Inc.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Proposed Metro Sports Entertainment Centre

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Bardwell also said ...

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Bardwell also said he was going to New York the first week of June to secure the financing. Securing financing in June is what he told Winchester and that seems to never have happened. I hope Vandalia is talking to Winchester about this.

From an article concerning building a sports complex in Huron, Michigan in 2005; Kenneth Bardwell, a partner with Motown Technology and Sports Facility Inc. of West Bloomfield, said the company has secured the funding to make the project a go.
"We're still very excited and close to coming to final terms with Huron Township and Wayne County," Bardwell said."We've got our financing in place and are ready to proceed."
Bardwell said the next step should be that of the township and county in terms of coming up with incentives. e said he hopes to hear from township officials any day.
"A lot of time and effort have gone into this plan," Bardwell said.
He is looking for a tax abatement and possible assistance from Tax Increment Finance Authority funding.
Eight months later Huron was still waiting to see documentation on the funding. The project died when Bardwell could not prove he had funding for his project.
From an article concerning building a sports complex in Romulus, Michigan in 2007; More than 200 people including board members, relatives and architects, among others descended upon the Crowne Plaza Hotel for the announcement that after seven years, Metro Sports Center LLC has the money guaranteed. Never was built because Bardwell said he did not like the incentives they offered. But city officials state that Bardwell could not prove he had funding for his project and could not provide details about the sports and entertainment facility!
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Below is what we found on http://www.metrosportscenterllc.com . I am sorry but I just can not see Bardwell and his corporation finding almost $700,000,000 in financing.


Other locations in the running for ...

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Other locations in the running for the complex include Georgia, Illinois, California, Ohio and New Orleans, said Kenneth Bardwell, chairman and CEO of Motown Technology and Sports Facility Inc.

But Bardwell 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 recreates 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 said.
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"We could possibly link up to a local hospital," Bardwell said.
The 180-acre site for the proposed complex is about a half-mile off Exit 96 and on the north side of Interstate 64.
Bardwell 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 about 24,000 on Detroit's south side, but the Winchester-Clark complex "is a different design altogether," Bardwell said.
Bardwell said the Romulus project announced in 2007 "is a dead issue" because "the incentives we were looking for were not available.
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In looking at Kentucky, Lexington had initially been a possible site for the complex, Bardwell said. He is familiar with Lexington because he said he has cousins who live there.
But Bardwell looked outside Lexington because a suitable site wasn't available there.
"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.
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Bardwell said Motown Technology intends to apply for a Tourism Development Act tax credit from the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet.


In January, Clark County officials ...

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In January, Clark County officials announced the proposed 2-million square foot facility - a vision created by Kenneth Bardwell, the CEO and chairman of Motown Technology.

Bardwell has said Winchester is contending with Illinois, Georgia, New York, California and Arizona to receive the project. The developer has said he hopes to settle on a location by April.
The proposal Bardwell submitted to Winchester and Clark County government, obtained by the Herald-Leader through an open records request, gives the most detailed account of what would be housed at the complex. But the 31-page proposal never names a financial backer for the project.
Bardwell had previously said the proposed complex would include a 14,000-seat arena, a surf park and an IMAX theater.
According to the project's proposal, Motown Technology also intends to include a dance studio, bank office, day care, retail spaces, a 1,000-seat food court and other amenities in the complex, which would be located on a 177-acre plot of land off Interstate 64 and the Mountain Parkway. Future phases of the project could also include two Little League baseball diamonds and a second IMAX screen, according to the proposal.
Bardwell did not return calls for comment.
Motown Technology had previously presented a similar complex plan to three towns in Michigan, but the project has yet to come to fruition. Bardwell has said that the other cities he approached could not provide the financial incentives his company needed to start the complex. But town officials in Michigan have said that they backed out of talks with Bardwell and Motown Technology because the developer could not prove he had funding for his project and could not provide details about the sports and entertainment facility.


Other locations in the running for ...

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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.

But Bardwell 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 said.
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"We could possibly link up to a local hospital," Bardwell said.
The 180-acre site for the proposed complex is about half a mile off Exit 96 and on the north side of Interstate 64.
Bardwell 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.
Bardwell said the Romulus project announced in 2007 "is a dead issue" because "the incentives we were looking for were not available.
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In looking at Kentucky, Lexington had initially been a possible site for the complex, Bardwell said. He is familiar with Lexington, he said, because he has cousins who live here.
But Bardwell 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.
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Bardwell said Motown Technology intends to apply for a Tourism Development Act tax credit from the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet.


The News

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I can't find any info on the internet yet about any town in Ohio talking to Bardwell but I would bet he is over there pushing it.

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It took me less than 1/2 hour on the internet to figure out Motown was a pipe dream of Bardwell and would never be built in Vandalia. As I have read, the city has invested over $100,000.00 in this.
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The City has known about the bad check since Dec. 11, 2009, four days after Bardwell presented it to the City Council with two closed meetings to discuss it.
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In the Leader Union article, it is stated that Bardwell did not have authorization to write the check until the extension agreement was approved by the city and and also approved by the Motown project shareholders. This check has been owed to the city for months and should have had nothing to do with an agreement of the extension. This check should have been authorized long before any extension was discussed. I was at the council meeting and from what I saw, Bardwell used this check to influence the extension vote.
2. Givens said she talked to a Bank Of America representative where the check was issued and was told the account requires $250,000.00 balance and used the "not sufficient funds" stamp on a majority of returned checks. He also told her the account could have been frozen for some other reason.
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It has always been my belief that Kenneth Bardwell is chairman and CEO of Motown Technology. He being in charge of the corporation should have some knowledge of the workings of a corporation and the aquiring of funds for the project.

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