Proposed WPB Baseball Site Pursued By Three Other Suitors
July 30, 2014
(West Palm Beach, FL) – The piece of West Palm Beach land being eyed by major league baseball for a spring training stadium has some additional suitors, it was revealed Wednesday.
When asked by a reporter, West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio said during her weekly media briefing three other groups have approached the city to pitch projects for the property. The piece of land is approximately 160 acres located between Haverhill Road and Military Trail, south of 45th street.
“We have four proposals, including the baseball proposal, for that area. They are unsolicited proposals and they have all asked for confidentiality. So we are going to be weighing what will be best for the city in that area,” Mayor Muoio said Wednesday.
YOU CAN WATCH THE MAYOR’S MEDIA BRIEFING HERE. HER COMMENTS ON BASEBALL ARE AT 13:35
Mayor Muoio said one of the three non-baseball proposals includes buying the property from the city, while the other two include provisions to either lease or buy the property. The property is worth approximately $12 million dollars.
She also said all three proposals include plans for a public park on a portion of the property because, as the Mayor explained, “the City Commission would like to see a park.” But that was the only detail of the proposals disclosed by the city.
“Under state law, we can’t reveal any details of the proposals,” said Chris Roog, the city’s Director of Economic Development. “There is a provision in state law that prevents the city from talking about them if the proposers request confidentiality.”
The two baseball teams currently in discussion to build a stadium on the property have also requested similar confidentiality during their negotiations.
Meanwhile, discussions between the City, the County and the two baseball teams to reach a deal to build a spring training facility on the property are continuing.