Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays: Open House for new spring training stadium
7:27 PM, Oct 16, 2013
5:51 AM, Oct 17, 2013
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Residents lined up at the Doubletree Hotel in Palm Beach Gardens to ask questions and provide feedback over a proposed spring training stadium.
Hundreds of residents filed through, some of them waiting more than an hour. Baseball personnel, stadium financing staff and traffic officials answered questions and provided information about the proposed $100 million facility that would stand near Central Boulevard and I-95. It would serve as the Spring Training site for the Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays.
Several said the project would create a positive economic impact.
"It would bring two more teams to the area to play baseball here, and when you look at the demographics of that, you would have five teams in proximity, which would be able to play each other, and the teams nowadays don't like to travel," Jim Crane, Owner of the Houston Astros explained.
Crane says he believes the stadium would be helpful to the surrounding communities of residents and baseball players.
".I think all the components are here, you got a couple of teams, you got a locations that's been designated, you've got some funding, you know, now we have to finish the final hurdles and get the approval locally and from the county," said Crane.
Several residents from surrounding communities said they were concerned over traffic issues through currently quiet streets and near schools.
"A lot of cars will be going in and out of a neighborhood that isn't set for that, it's not gated, it's not even walled it's so quiet back there," said Steve Barnes, who lives in Shady Lakes.
Many waited, hopeful they could learn more about a project that would be constructed in their backyard.
Madhukanp Ramani, Resident of a neighborhood in Palm Beach Gardens called The Isles, said he had many questions.
"How they are going to widen the roads, what other roads will be connecting, if there will be any exit on I-95, that kind of thing," he said.