City council talks baseball

October 16, 2018 - 12:25 pm
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The city of Wichita is a few steps closer to a new downtown baseball facility.

The Wichita city council extended the deadline for a bid to demolish Lawrence Dumont Stadium to next Monday, October 22.  The city will accept the winning bid at their city council meeting the following day.

Demolition is slated to start in November and should wrap up by the end of this year.  

Also next week, the council will formally accept the ballpark development and facility use management agreement that will help bring AAA baseball to the Air Capital.

The new stadium and other improvements will cost 81 million dollars.  STAR bonds will finance about half of that, with the rest from Tax Incremental Financing (TIF), a Community Investment District (CID), and general obligation funds. 

City Manager Robert Layton says that property owners will not foot the bill. 

"Property tax dollars will not be used to take care of any shortfalls in the debts, it's all sales tax," he said.

Construction of the new facility will start in March 2019 with completion by March 15, 2020.

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