A proposed ballpark for the Pensacola Pelicans is under criticism for costing too much at a time when government budgets are tight.
A proposed ballpark for the Pensacola Pelicans (independent; American Association) is under criticism for costing too much at a time when government budgets are tight.
The HKS-designed facility is the centerpiece of a downtown redevelopment that includes new office and retail space as well as an amphitheatre. Approved by voters in August 2006, the project’s cost has now soared to $70 million, according to some; meanwhile, since approval by voters, the city has failed to move forward with the project.
And, of course, we all know it’s a lot harder for municipalities to borrow money now than two years ago. In fact, some in the city say it may not be possible at all for the city to borrow even the $40 million approved by voters, never mind the $70 million they say is necessary now. (These numbers may or may not be accurate. Ballpark advocates say the total project can be done for $51 million.)