West Valley officials have selected a site for the proposed community recreation and performing arts center.

Now all they need to do is secure it.The land is south of 3100 South and east of 5600 West. This parcel, long a front-runner for the estimated $10 million project, has been affectionately referred to by officials as the "77-acre" site. Nearly a dozen locations were considered.

The City Council agreed on the site about two weeks ago. City Manager John Patterson said the city concluded the programming phase of the project early last week. They are now masterminding design plans with local Valentiner Crane Brunjes Onyon Architects. An Atlanta-based firm is also working on the project, he said.

"It's a great piece of property," Councilwoman Janice Fisher said. "If we can acquire the property, that's where we'd like to put the recreation complex."

The site, however, is composed of more than one lot. "Quite a few owners" are also involved in the process, Fisher said.

She added that the site is perfect for the baseball and softball diamonds the city "is in desperate need of." A football field is also planned.

However, securing the property may prove easier than building on it.

A tax-relief bill passed during the recent legislative session put a two-year moratorium on raising taxes for reasons other than general obligation purposes.