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West Chester RDA: We won’t back new ballpark

Proposed West Chester Ballpark

Hopes for a new West Chester (Pa.) ballpark were taken down a few notches after the West Chester Redevelopment Authority decided it would not recommend the city proceed with the project because of uncertainty regarding state funding.

The RDA will present the ballpark proposal to the full Borough Council on Feb. 16, but without a recommendation. At issue: the lack of funding sources. An anticipated $14-million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (R-CAP) grant has been frozen by state officials, and there’s still no deal for the land.

Right now the project is running on fumes, but it’s not dead: the most likely outcome is that the council puts the project on the back burner until it’s clear whether or not funding will come. The local Turks Head Stadium Alliance has proposed the ballpark as a economic-development tool, but finding money for the project — even for a potential NY-Penn League team — has been difficult.

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