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Clearwater mulling $2.9M upgrade to Phils’ spring complex

Philadelphia PhiliesClearwater (Fla.) officials will decide this week whether to spend $2.9 million on upgrades to the Carpenter Complex, where the Philadelphia Phillies train each spring.

The upgrades and new construction are mostly behind the scenes and for the benefit of players and coaches, not fans attending workouts. (The team works out in the complex and plays spring games at next-door Bright House Field.) According to

The upgrades at the Carpenter Complex include a 20,710-square-foot building that includes six batting tunnels and a 4,831-square-foot weight room. The 3,420-square-foot north clubhouse will be renovated to include two indoor batting cages, and a covered walkway will be built to connect the southeast side of the clubhouse to the new training building.

The plan will move fencing and sidewalks and replace open air batting cages with landscaping. The project also calls for adding two batting tunnels under the stadium and covered walkways above it.

The project would start in May and be ready by spring training in 2013.

The city is expected to vote on the measure Thursday.


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