Hudson, WI could host Northwoods League action, as the city is being pitched on a new ballpark as part of a larger redevelopment plan.
The former St. Croix Meadows Dog Track site is the location of the proposed ballpark. If the plan moves forward, the 2,000 to 3,000-seat summer collegiate league facility would be one of the main pieces of a concept for a mixed-use development that spans 131 acres.
Klint Klaas, a former minor league player in the Houston Astros farm system, is behind the proposal, which was to be pitched to the Hudson City Council on Monday. More from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal:
Klaas, who lives in Woodbury, is leading a development group called KF Investments that has experience developing smaller retail centers in the 10,000- to 20,000-square-foot range.
Klaas would also be a part of a baseball ownership group that would join the Northwoods League, which includes teams like the Duluth Huskies, Eau Claire Express, Mankato MoonDogs and St. Cloud Rox, among several others.
The four office buildings on the conceptual plans would stand two- or three-stories tall and range from 75,000 square feet to 150,000 square feet.
Klaas still hasn’t decided if the 150,000-square-foot race track building could be renovated or if it would have to be torn down.
The site’s future has been up for debate for years, as the dog track closed back in 2001. The Business Journal reported that Klaas has an agreement in place to purchase the property, and could finalize the deal early next year.