Officials in High Point, NC continue to discuss a potential new ballpark, and have now completed interviews with groups of design and construction firms.
A proposal in High Point calls for the completion of a $30 million downtown ballpark project, which officials are hoping will serve as a catalyst for an additional $38 million in private investment in the surrounding area. The independent Atlantic League has expressed some interest in the plan, and the search for a local owner for the prospective team has been underway.
Meanwhile, the High Point baseball committee has wrapped up interviews with two groups that responded to RFQ postings. Assistant city manager and committee member Randy Heeman said that a recommendation has not been issued to the city council, but that there could be one in place soon. More from the Triad Business Journal:
“I expect it would be soon,” Hemann said.
In the past two weeks, the committee interviewed Samet Corp. of Greensboro, which would team with architecture firm Odell Associates of Charlotte, which drew preliminary drawings for the stadium.
In April, the city approved the first $15 million of a proposed $30 million stadium project to be built on 5-6 acres of a site bordered by Elm, Gatewood, Lindsay and English streets.
The other group is composed of contractor J.E. Dunn Construction Group, one of the nation’s largest contractors based in Kansas City, Mo., with an office in Charlotte. Dunn would team with Populous, a global architecture firm specializing in sports venues with headquarters in Kansas City.
As noted, the project is being conceived as a larger downtown redevelopment plan, with an events center, park, and a children’s museum among the amenities that have been discussed for the area near the ballpark site. High Point is close to two affiliated Minor League Baseball markets–it is less than 20 miles from Greensboro and about 25 from Winston-Salem–and is currently home to the High Point Thomasville HiToms (summer collegiate; Coastal Plain League). That team currently plays at historic Finch Field.