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Wilmington City Council to discuss new ballpark, hotel Tuesday night

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WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -- Items of interest on the agenda include:

A resolution to enter into negotiations with Mandalay Baseball Properties, LLC and the Atlanta National League Baseball Club, Inc. to explore the possibility of a joint public/private partnership for a minor league baseball facilities and operations in Wilmington. The resolution states that the agreement would give the city and Mandalay six months to define the parameters of the deal, including location, costs, teams available to relocate, partners and the level of public support needed for such an endeavor. Note: Tuesday's action would only allow for discussions to occur, no definite decisions about building a stadium would be made until a later date.

A memorandum of understanding with a developer to build a convention center hotel. The Council approved the proposal from Harmony Hospitality, Inc. to build the convention center hotel last spring and has been negotiating an agreement since that time. Harmony is based in Virginia Beach, Va., and proposing to build a full-service 194-room Sheraton, Embassy Suites or comparable hotel. The memorandum outlines specifics of the proposal, including:

-The hotel will include 6,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space, a restaurant and pool.

-Harmony will have seven months to secure a franchise agreement for a hotel and to secure financing for the project.

-If a franchise agreement and financing is in place in seven months, the city and Harmony will have two months to close on the land and Harmony to begin construction in the fall of 2012. Construction is expected to be completed in the summer of 2014.

-Harmony will pay approximately $579,000 for the land.

-Harmony will deposit $150,000 for escrow and provide a $100,000 surety.

Also at the meeting, Council will get an update on the Wilmington Convention Center’s first full year of operations.

The full agenda can be accessed on the city's website at wilmingtonnc.gov.

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Wilmington taxpayers will be

Wilmington taxpayers will be paying on this monument to Taxo saffo's ego for decades.

Baseball Stadium

We need to stop thinking of a new stadium for use ONLY by a new minor league team. We need to think about all of the other positive benefits it brings to Wilmington. We can host State Championships, and host thousands of players and parents. We can host many other premier events, and give our town's young ballplayers a top notch facility to aspire to play at in big games. This will be a great benefit to Wilmington, and if you allow the city to profit off of all concessions and ticket percentages for each event, it will be able to sustain itself.

Adam, can you please tell us....

...how much you paid in property taxes last year?

Agree

I think it is a great idea, as long as they only use city taxpayer money to pay for it.

Taxpayer alert!

If you are the least bit concerned with YOUR tax dollars being used to build a baseball stadium, then you need to attend the City Council meeting on Tuesday night and express your views.