PARKERSBURG - Mayor Bob Newell said he expects the second phase of a baseball stadium feasibility study to begin within the next two to three weeks.
AECOM Technical Services Inc. completed the first phase of a study to determine support of a minor league baseball franchise in Parkersburg. The results, released Monday, indicated widespread support for the plan.
The second phase of the study will focus on locations, financing options, a business plan and other aspects in the financial viability of such a project.
Newell said the Wood County Development Authority will seek requests for proposals for the second phase, and once the cost of that phase is known area organizations will begin looking at how to best cover the cost.
"I am planning on asking Parkersburg City Council to contribute to that," Newell said.
The Wood County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Development Authority and some other organizations also have indicated they may contribute, he said.
"That'll help split up the cost," he said.
In December 2012, Parkersburg City Council voted to spend $10,000 to assist with a proposed baseball feasibility study. The first two phases of the feasibility study are estimated to cost about $25,000 each.
Newell said he believes interest from other parts of the state in playing host to a minor league team has made the process more urgent.
"It's not something we can linger on for another year," he said. "The end result will have to be sooner rather than later."