The May 15 Milwaukie City Council meeting was another touch-point in the consideration of whether or not to build a baseball stadium in the area, and at the end of the evening all Council members were agreed phase three is needed.
Council heard from staff and consultants, and also from a 13 member task force of citizens who had vetted various aspects of the project and then recommended to proceed. Several community members, including residents and business owners were also on hand to express concerns about building in an industrial area and the costs of the development versus the return to the city.
The Chamber submitted a letter supporting the stadium process and urging the City to move to phase three. This phase, beginning now, will be to seek and agreement with a minor-league baseball team to be the tenant of the facility.
Wilda Parks, Chamber VP External Affairs, and member of the community task force, noted in her comments to Council that the multi-use stadium would be, not only a job generator, but a generator of community pride and identity. “There are still questions to be answered, specifics to be considered, and items we may not know about at this time,” she said, “so it seemed reasonable that Council should continue the journey to find answers. We are pleased they are continuing with discovery and securing the tenant.”
A full article regarding the Council’s decision and additional details can be found on the Clackamas Review website at http://www.clackamasreview.com/news/story.php?story_id=133714640833004200.