The economic feasibility of a new pro ballpark in Phoenixville is set to be evaluated with the upcoming release of a study from the Chester County Economic Development Council in coming months.
Talk of a new ballpark in Chester County has been going for years, first in West Chester and then in nearby Phoenixville, where city officials have worked with a local developer on a plan for a former 120-acre Phoenixville Iron and Steel Company site. They've also reached out to potential team owners, with promiment talk of attracting a short-season New York-Penn League team.
While little has changed on the team front (and, indeed, we're not entirely sure Phoenixville in on the radar of MiLB officials, from what we're told), a report assessing the feasibility of any ballpark project should be released in coming months. The report will assess whether a $30-million ballpark can host a sustainable business. Phoenixville isn't very big -- just 16,000 or so -- and would need to draw heavily from all of Chester County. Because of Chester County's location in suburban Philly, the Philadephia Phillies would need to sign off on any affiliated movement in the area.
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