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New Wilmington ballpark would be part of hotel, marina complex

Carolina LeagueMore details on a proposed downtown Wilmington (N.C.) ballpark: it would be part of a hotel/marina/restaurant complex already under construction on the waterfront.

Developer Chuck Schoninger envisions the ballpark, which would house an Atlanta Braves minor-league team, as a core part of a restaurant/marina/hotel complex. Work on the marina portion of the complex is already underway; construction of a hotel should be next.

Schoninger was reviewing his plans with the Wilmington Area Hospitality Association today.

On Tuesday night the Wilmington City Council voted to exclusively negotiate a new ballpark development plan with Mandalay Baseball Properties and the Atlanta Braves over the next six months to fund a $35-million, 6,000-seat ballpark.

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