By SETH LUSTER, Hill Country News
Local developer Eric Perardi is creating a state-of-the-art complex called iSports Cedar Park which will be an indoor/outdoor sports complex featuring two hockey rinks and two turf fields.
Construction on a new 206,000-square-foot multi-sport complex in Cedar Park officially got underway May 23. City officials and athletes gathered near the construction site at U.S. 183A and Scottsdale Drive for a groundbreaking ceremony.
“Today, our vision takes a giant symbolic step forward. But the reality is this is the culmination of a ton of hard work and dedication by a great number of people — not to mention a fundamental belief in our vision,” said Perardi, founder of Perardi Development, the lead developer of the complex. He also lives in the Four Points community.
“We’ve assembled a first-class team and can’t wait to see this through to fruition,” he said.
This is Perardi’s largest project in Central Texas. His firm recently opened The Medical and Wellness Center at Bee Cave and is currently developing The Medical Plaza at Bee Cave. He is also CEO of Arise Capital Investments located on 6611 River Place Blvd.
iSports Cedar Park is a partnership of local investors and developers, and their plan for the building includes a mix of family entertainment, sports medicine, retail space and restaurants.
“From the onset, our ultimate goal has been to create a family-oriented destination where physical fitness is fun for people of all ages, abilities and athletic interests,” Perardi said.
Tenants currently signed on to use the facility include Chaparral Ice, which will operate the fields, and D1, a Texas-based athlete training group which has trained athletes like Peyton Manning, Chris Paul, Tim Tebow and Von Miller.
Besides Perardi, iSports Cedar Park’s principals include J.P. Newman and Adrian Lufschanowski of Thrive FP and John Trube of Johnson Trube, an Austin-based real estate development firm. All four were at the groundbreaking ceremony.
Other attendees to the ceremony included officials with Chaparral Ice and D1, hockey players Travis Morin and Justin Dowling, former Texas Longhorn football players Jaxon Shipley and Quan Cosby, and two-time Super Bowl champion Dan Neil.
Shipley’s football training company, Shipley Performance, will have an alliance with D1.
Other team members of iSports Cedar Park participating in the project include project lender Washington Federal Bank, general contractor Harvey-Cleary, John Mapes Architects and project engineer Big Red Dog.