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Phoenixville Ballpark Plans Moving Forward?

A source told Patch that as soon as next month, the much anticipated report on the feasibility of bringing a minor league ballpark to the borough will be released.

A source with ties to the Phoenixville Baseball Committee confirmed to Patch earlier this week that the Chester County Economic Development Council's report on the feasibility of bringing a minor league ballpark to the borough is expected “within the next couple of months.”

Pending the results of the report, which was originally expected to be released in December, plans to lure an independent team or a rookie league MLB affiliate to Phoenixville will go forward.

The Phoenixville Baseball Committee has already toured minor league parks in Lancaster and Reading. It also met with a construction company that provided an estimate of what it would cost to build what would likely be a 3,500- to 4,500-seat facility on the 120-acre former site of the Phoenixville Iron and Steel Company.

The greatly anticipated Chester County Economic Development Council report will evaluate comparable minor league baseball stadiums; study Phoenixville’s demographics; prepare pertinent paperwork; analyze construction cost estimates and timelines; determine debt service capabilities; locate potential sources of public funding and grants; and develop a capital stack scenario to finance the project.

The source also told Patch that finding funding for the ballpark—the construction cost of which is expected to fall somewhere between $20 to $30 million—is not expected to be an issue.

Previous reporting on the proposed stadium:

Phoenixville Could Have Baseball Team by 2016

Inquirer: Ballpark Still a Possibility for Phoenixville

Baseball Stadium in Phoenixville: Focus on Funding

Committee Formed to Explore Possibility of Phoenixville Baseball Stadium

Michael Hill January 23, 2013 at 01:13 PM
The Economic Development Committee Meeting is a good source of information of what is going on in Phoenixville. It’s the third Tuesday of the month. Which was last night. I attended, and here is a brief overview. The Shoppes at French Creek are still in development. They plan to have less retail space than originally planned and more housing and the parking garage has been removed out of the plan. Madison at French Creek is starting construction in June after remediation takes place on the site of the old steel mill. Ryan Homes has sold about 12 units so far which is great for this economy. The Streetscapes Project will start up in spring. Brick sidewalks along the business area of Bridge Street and then cement sidewalks down to Nutt Road. The children’s plaza on Bridge Street will be getting more lighting. I heard that they will be able to run multicolor lights for different occasions. Pink for breast cancer, green and read for Christmas, red, white and blue for the fourth of July . . .
John C January 31, 2013 at 11:49 AM
There is more than one bus route and there is also cabs running around town all day. Come out from your rock Patrick
Katelyn Fogarty January 31, 2013 at 08:42 PM
I think it would be great if this happened. Phoenixville is filled with bars and nothing for families to do together. Kids would love it! I hope it works out!
Paul G. Celentano February 02, 2013 at 04:05 PM
What about putting the stadium in Oaks near the convention center? The infrastructure is better and maybe it could help fund the planned 422 improvements instead of placing tolls on 422. I have no idea if that would work. Just throwin' it out there.
Grant McGeary February 13, 2013 at 04:02 PM
The boom a baseball park would make to this town would be enormous. Car traffic does increase when a town tries to right itself. Its called growth.

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