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Jun 21

Peoria, Illinois; Our Sister City

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The Water Street baseball story has legs.

Yesterday I was contacted by a reporter looking to do an article on the subject. That’s just nuts, but I look forward to reading it.

My official statement is that I have no idea what anyone is talking about when it comes to minor league baseball in Ypsilanti. Even if I did know anything about this, I wouldn’t tell anyone, especially you people. It was bad enough a member of the press saw me hanging out on a street corner downtown, casually talking with another Ypsilanti resident who happens to have a fondness for the idea of minor league baseball in our fair City.

In addition, I was even told that this may come up at the inaugural meeting of the 2020 Committee. The 2020 Committee will be meeting this coming Monday the 25th at the Haab’s Building located at 111 North Huron Street City Hall at [ed. note: This is not to be confused with the Wayne, MI 2020 Committee that is meeting on Thursday the 27th.]

Finally, I received an email from an employee in the public sector fishing for information.

People are going to talk. They’re already talking.

Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio was constructed for $31.3M. When you include the retail development and parking, the total investment came to $39M. The stadium seats nearly 9K, with SRO capacity of 10.3K.

That’s probably a little too big for our community. Maybe.

O’Brien Field, home of the Peoria Chiefs, seats 7,500, has an additional 1,000 in lawn seating, and includes 20 luxury suites. After games, many fans go and enjoy the atmosphere at the Water Street pubs. The Peoria City Council is set to vote next week (June 26th) on creating a Warehouse TIF district around the stadium to spur more growth. They even hope to add 180 residential dwellings a year until the year 2025.

Whoa. Peoria is also trying to develop their Water Street area while dealing with the budget constraints put on it by a university. They even have a crackpot blogger who writes about City Council meetings.

That’s a little too creepy.

Creepy like a fox, I say.

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