This week the Mooresville Tribune reported that there has been a change of ownership of the development of the America’s Park youth baseball facility. “Lou Presutti of Salisbury, who unveiled his plan last April to build a 25-field private youth baseball facility, is no longer involved in the project. Todd Hines and Jeff Cernuto are now the principal partners, the Mooresville-South Iredell Economic Development Corp. said Tuesday.” You can read the whole article HERE.
The article goes on to note that Mr. Cernuto owns the land on which the park will be built, so obviously, he has good cause to have an interest in it. Any kind of land development is especially difficult in our current economic environment, so it’s not surprising that at least part of the reason for the change has to do with financing issues.
We certainly hope the new partners will be successful in bringing the park to fruition, given the large positive impact on our area around Mooresville and Troutman. It does serve as a warning though that when we read about the grand plans of various developers about their plans for wonderful new developments that will be a boon to the area, we can be sure we’re not let in on the whole story. Developers need buy-in from many different kinds of people. Certainly those who can help finance a project must be comfortable with it, but the process also involves local and state government plus the sentiment of local residents in order to make the project work and get all the necessary approvals. Developers will always describe a project in the most positive light in order to help get that buy-in. I certainly don’t blame them, since the success of many projects will also bring economic benefits to many other residents of the area. We just need to read news of such projects through a filter of a bit of skepticism.
I’m a card-carrying skeptic, so that’s not a problem for me.
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Posted in Economic Development, Iredell County, Mooresville, Real Estate, Troutman, tagged baseball, baseball camp, baseball complex, baseball training, iredell baseball, mooresville baseball, troutman baseball on April 7, 2011 |
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Cooperstown Dreams Park
On Monday, April 11 the Mooresville-South Iredell Economic Development Corp. will have a groundbreaking for the previously announced America’s Park Baseball Complex. According to a recent article in the Charlotte Observer, the complex off of Rankin Hill Road is scheduled to open by spring of 2012 at a cost of $20 million. Mooresville and Troutman area leaders are quite excited at the prospect of having this facility right here in Iredell County. Miles Atkins, Mooresville Commissioner projects that the project will generate between $33 million and $80 million locally each year. Young baseball players and their parents will be coming to the area every year to learn baseball skills and compete on 25 baseball fields. This complex is similar to one currently operating in Cooperstown, NY called Cooperstown Dreams Park shown here. America’s Park will be larger than the Cooperstown park at 110 acres.
For more info, see my previous posts about the complex HERE and HERE.
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Posted in Entertainment, Iredell County, Lake Norman, Mooresville, Quality of Life, Real Estate, tagged America's Park, baseball, baseball camp, baseball training on May 5, 2010 |
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The Charlotte Observer has a good article on the baseball training complex I recently wrote about (HERE). The article has picked up some additional details and quotes from local officials that I think you’ll find interesting, like commissioner Carney’s comment that it “will change the face of Mooresville forever.” Pretty sweeping. We’ll see. Can we possibly be known for more than one major sport?
They say we’ll be seeing a formal announcement from the principals involved in the project next week.
See the Observer article by clicking HERE.
Update: HERE and HERE are more articles from the Mooresville Tribune.
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Mooresville, NC has for many years been a town that loves its baseball. From the Mooresville Moors minor league team that was a town mainstay from 1937 to 1953 to the current American Legion Moors that draw crowds all summer long. Now, we’ve discovered that Mooresville may have another baseball activity to call its own.
My neighbor is on the Iredell County Board of Adjustment. He tells me that they recently approved a Special Use Permit for a business that plans to build a youth baseball training facility near Mooresville. It will have 25 ball fields including a large one with stands. The purpose is to host teams from all over the United States to come for several weeks of training. The teams will have playoffs at the end of their sessions at the big field. The business that is planning this facility expects there to be multiple sessions each summer with players, and in many cases parents, coming for the training sessions. That should generate a nice additional flow of business for our communities in the area.
Let’s hope that these plans come to completion. This would make a nice addition to the recreational facilities of the area and provide a nice economic boost to Mooresville and surrounding communities.
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