By Mary Beth Faller for The Arizona Republic
Notre Dame Preparatory Academy has about $3.6M in pledges toward the $10M it needs to build a new sports complex and fine-arts center on its Scottsdale campus.
The school, which marked its 10th anniversary last month, is meeting with officials from the Diocese of Phoenix at the end of October, and must have $5.5M in pledges and cash by then to get the diocese’s approval, according to Lucie Yeomans, school development director.
The school is beginning the first phase of its construction project in February, which will include parking, an access road and site preparation for the sports complex, which will be on the corner of 98th Street and Bell Road. Construction of the sports complex could begin after that.
The third part of the plan is a performing- and fine-arts center, which will be built to the south of the sports complex. It will have 1,200 seats for performances and be big enough to accommodate all the students for Mass and assemblies.
The sports complex will include an artificial-turf football field, track, lockers, and home and visitors’ bleachers as well as a multipurpose building with classrooms and space on the second floor that can be used for banquets.
Long-range plans call for more classroom space on the campus and a new library, Yeomans said.
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