For several years, various concepts have been discussed for developing the area around BB&T Ballpark, with a particular emphasis on the parking area beyond the outfield wall. The proposal up for consideration was first announced last year by Brand Properties. Before going to the city council tonight, the proposal received the endorsement of the city-county planning board, an action that took place on Jun 9.
Since the ballpark opened in 2010, this area has been discussed by local officials, the team, and developers as being used for a project that included amenities such as apartments, retail, and potentially a hotel. The pitch from Brand follows that theme. More from the Winston-Salem Journal:
The final development plan covers about five acres in the immediate vicinity of the ballpark and would involve the construction of a six-story hotel with 133 rooms, a four- and five-story apartment building with 313 residential units, a parking deck with 669 spaces and a one-story 9,000-square-foot retail site.
The apartment complex would include common recreation areas and a pool.
Depending upon the meeting’s outcome, this may not be the only development taking place around BB&T Ballpark. The council is also expected to vote on a separate master plan that will encompass a larger space, and feature retail, lodging, and parking options. This development would be placed to the north and east of BB&T Ballpark.