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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Baseball stadium proposal back on the table

Facility would sit at intersection of C.R. 17 and Bristol Street.

Posted on April 15, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on April 15, 2013 at 4:35 p.m.

ELKHART — A plan for a minor league-style baseball stadium on C.R. 17 that stalled three years ago has been revamped.

CTT Communications, owned by longtime broadcaster and businessman Craig Wallin, had planned to build a stadium near the U.S. 20 Bypass in 2010 until economic factors kept the project from going forward.

Now, a proposal application that is to go before the Elkhart County Board of Zoning Appeals at its 9 a.m. Thursday, April 18, meeting at the Department of Public Services Meeting Rooms A & B at 4230 Elkhart Road, Goshen, calls for a 1,625-seat facility just east of Elkhart city limits and north of the St. Joseph River at C.R. 17 and C.R. 10 (Bristol Street).

The stadium would be home to the Elkhart County Miracle of the summer collegiate Northwoods League, beginning in 2014.

According to a church official who asked not to be identified, First Baptist Church is considering selling land to CTT Communications for the stadium pending BZA approval.

According to a narrative provided to the BZA by CTT, the property would take in approximately 17 acres.

The narrative goes on to state that more than $400,000 in architectural work by Architectural Group III of Elkhart has already been invested for a facility that will be used for baseball and other year-round activities.

In addition, the narrative says The Master’s Group is charged with strategic planning of the project and the revenue model includes field naming rights, signage, print, broadcast and Internet advertising, ticket sales, concessions and various non-franchise games and community events.

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