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Planning commission: We expected more from Kapco Park

Lakeshore ChinooksThe Mequon Planning Commission will review the state of affairs at Kapco Park at Wisconsin’s Concordia University, as officials there acknowledge what was built doesn’t match the original design.

The ballpark, which will also house the Lakeshore Chinooks (summer collegiate; Northwoods League), was originally pitched as a $3.5-million, 1,200-seat facility, with a million dollars coming from Kapco President Jim Kacmarcik. Since then Kacmarcik has put together a Northwoods League franchise with Robin Yount and Bob Uecker as minority owners.

While that million dollars went toward construction of a grandstand and a artificial-turf playing field, the college came up short in fundraising for the total construction packages; bleachers still need to be installed, and finishing touches are nonexistent. “The original approval was for stone columns and a fairly nice stadium, but the whole thing was a fundraising effort and not enough was raised to finish the exterior at this point,” Jac Zader, assistant director of community development for the city, told the Milwaukee Business Journal.

There probably won’t be any dire consequences for anyone involved; the university will be asked to provide a timeline for when the ballpark is completed.

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