The Shipyard development in Green Bay, which includes a proposed ballpark for the Green Bay Bullfrogs (summer collegiate; Northwoods League), moved forward after a key vote on Tuesday.
With the Bullfrogs looking to secure a new ballpark, the Shipyard would address the team’s desire while incorporating other amenities–including an indoor concert venue and restaurant. If the development does take shape, it would be constructed north of Mason Street from Broadway to the Fox River.
At its meeting on Tuesday, the Green Bay City Council voted by a 9-3 margin to approve the development agreement for the Shipyard, allowing the plan to move forward. However, additional deals still need to be approved by the city council in order for the project to come to fruition. More from The Green Bay Press-Gazette:
Aldermen Guy Zima and Tom De Wane said they wanted a more specific breakdown of the project’s costs, and Alderman Tom Sladek said he was concerned that businesses interested in operating a concert hall, restaurant and overall complex had not given firm commitments to the city.
“I’m nervous about the level of risk associated with this,” Sladek said.
Partly to allay those concerns, the council voted to require that the project can go forward only if businesses agree by the end of the year to operate the concert venue, restaurant and full complex.
Those deals must also get council approval.
The ballpark opening is estimated for 2019, and the facility would replace Joannes Stadium as the Bullfrogs’ home.
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