The City of Milwaukie hopes to secure its own minor league baseball team in time for the 2014 season.
Milwaukie's Pubic Affairs Coordinator Grady Wheeler said in a statement Thursday that the city's efforts to secure a team and a stadium site are progressing, and both commitments should be in place by the city's self-imposed July 31, 2012 deadline.
The City of Hillsboro recently completed a similar deal to bring the Yakima Bears baseball team into the metro area. Milwaukie's Community Development Director, Kenny Asher, said his city should be next to host a minor league team.
"We've been watching the Hillsboro situation, and our hats are off to the Hillsboro City Council for recognizing how minor league baseball can help define a community," Asher said. "Fortunately for Milwaukie, there are 1.7 million people in this market, and still plenty of interest in our project from teams, investors and baseball fans."
The Milwaukie city council will hear a status report on the ballpark project at a meeting on Aug 7 at city hall. The council will decide if enough progress has been made to put the project on the ballot for public financing in November.
The report will also include an update on efforts to relocate the Oregon Department of Transportation off a proposed stadium site. The city hopes to build its baseball stadium on an 8-acre lot currently used by ODOT as a maintenance yard.
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