Will Fayettteville decide to foot the bill for a minor league baseball stadium?

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Fayetteville Mayor Nat Robertson says the city will likely decide to build a minor league baseball stadium downtown if the city can come up with as much as $47 million needed to pay for the project.

Local media outlets report that the city is considering building a stadium.

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Deputy city manager Rochelle Small-Toney says the Houston Astros organization hopes to know by the middle of next month whether the city is willing to go forward with the project.

The Astros are interested in the development of a 4,500-seat stadium where a minor league team could play beginning in 2018.

Robertson says the questions for the city are whether the stadium can be built without raising taxes and whether it will raise the expected revenue needed to support the project.