The sports fields would not be eliminated with the designation of the proposed TIF. The fields are located on the former Maplewood School property which is currently owned by School District 26. While the property is located within the proposed limits for the Central Cary TIF District, the continued use of the existing fields would not be impacted simply by the creation of the new TIF district.
The fields would only be impacted if the property were to be sold by the School District and redeveloped. In theory, the fields could continue to remain on the property throughout the entire life of the proposed TIF District if it was approved. School District 26 has been marketing the property for sale since the school’s closing over ten years ago, but the site has not successfully sold or redeveloped to date. Concept plans recently prepared by the district contemplating retaining the site for continued school use could also impact the fields. Further, if the property is sold and redeveloped, there is the potential that the TIF could assist with the relocation and construction of new fields elsewhere within the community.