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Ballpark Pitch Shifts from Summit to Oconomowoc

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A group seeking to build a sports complex anchored by a new summer-collegiate Northwoods League ballpark is moving its pitch elsewhere in the far Milwaukee suburbs, shifting from Summit to nearby Oconomowoc.

Diamond Club Entertainment LLC has been seeking to build a new ballpark as part of a sports complex, and has explored a few different locales in Wisconsin for a site. An early iteration of the plan was pitched in Pewaukee, before the group set its sights on Summit. However, the effort to build in Summit has come to an end, as the group pulled its application after the village board opted last month to reject an amendment that would have allowed the development to move forward without the construction of water and sewer utilities.

With Summit out of the picture, Diamond Club Entertainment is targeting neighboring Oconomowoc for the project. Under the latest plan, the complex would be constructed on almost 22 acres in Pabst Farms and include a 2,500-seat ballpark that is attached to an indoor Health & Wellness Training Center. According to a Facebook post from the group, the ballpark would be the home of a team in the summer-collegiate Northwoods League. The proposal is still in the planning stages at this point, as a zoning change would have to be granted in order for the complex to be built. More from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

According to Tom Kelenic, who is part of the group proposing the facility, the development would be on nearly 22 acres in Pabst Farms, south of Interstate 94 and directly west of Wisconsin Harley-Davidson, which is at 1280 Blue Ribbon Drive.

The project is scheduled to go to the plan commission at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11. Kelenic said the current property is zoned business park, so it would have to be rezoned for commercial use for the project to proceed.

The proposal calls for a 2,500-seat baseball park and a 60,000-square-foot training center attached to the field. There are 800 parking stalls planned and an additional 100 parking spots for handicap and employees.

Kelenic owns Infinity Fields in Waukesha and the building that the STiKS Academy operates in. Kelenic also built a baseball and soccer complex for the Palmyra-Eagle School District.

Oconomowoc is located west of Milwaukee in Waukesha County.

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