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Fredericksburg to receive ballpark feasibility study Monday

Hagerstown SunsFredericksburg (Va.) officials will receive a report from consulting firm Brailsford & Dunlavey on the feasibility of a new $25-million ballpark for professional baseball on Monday.

The report will be presented to the city’s Economic Development Authority, which authorized $18,000 for the study.

In the meantime, the city has been exploring ways to finance a new ballpark: recapturing sales and use taxes generated by the ballpark is seen as a viable revenue source. The report won’t cover any specific teams potentially moving to the city: Bruce Quinn, owner of the Hagerstown Suns (Low Class A; Sally League), has offered to meet with Fredericksburg officials, but no meeting has been scheduled. The team has also been working with Hagerstown on a new-ballpark plan, although discussions there have moved from a downtown plan to sites scattered through the city.

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