Winchester to hold public hearing on baseball stadium

Hagerstown Suns among topics discussed at closed meeting between city and county

January 24, 2012|By HEATHER KEELS |

The Winchester, Va., City Council decided at a work session Tuesday to hold a public hearing on the transfer of public land for a baseball stadium, according to Winchester Mayor Elizabeth Minor.

The land transfer is key to an effort by the Winchester Economic Development Authority to attract a minor league baseball team — rumored to be the Hagerstown Suns — to Winchester.

“We’re going to have a public hearing, a meeting with citizens, on Feb. 7 to get their input on what they think of perhaps having a minor league team here,” Minor said by phone after the work session.

The council will also put the stadium project on its Feb. 14 council meeting agenda and accept public comment at that meeting, as well, before potentially voting on the land transfer, she said.


The Winchester Economic Development Authority has requested that the city transfer about 12 acres of public land in Jim Barnett Park to the EDA, which would build a $15 million baseball stadium.

Meanwhile, the Suns was among the topics discussed Tuesday afternoon at a closed meeting between the Hagerstown City Council and the Washington County Board of Commissioners, Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said.

However, Bruchey and other officials would not elaborate on what was discussed at that meeting.

The city council has previously said it would contribute funds to a renovation of Hagerstown’s Municipal Stadium, while the county commissioners have refused to commit funds without a detailed analysis of the project and its impact.

Staff Writer C.J. Lovelace contributed to this story.

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