Tamburro says baseball bid in hands of the state

Tamburro says baseball bid in hands of the state

PAWTUCKET – A future of minor league baseball at McCoy Stadium remains in play as state and local officials evaluate proposals for use of the stadium.

Mike Tamburro, the Pawtucket Red Sox owner who is seeking to bring a franchise to the stadium after that team leaves for Worcester, Mass., following next season, confirmed to The Breeze that his bid remains under consideration, but said, “The time just isn’t right right now” to speak about it.

“It’s in the hands of the state,” he said. “We’ve got to wait on the state before we talk.”

Talk of a $20 million ask from Tamburro for renovations to McCoy Stadium have not been confirmed. It is unclear how his proposal stacks up financially to other bids.

Tamburro and others have been tight-lipped about his proposal to bring affiliated baseball. He confirmed that he’s still an owner of the PawSox, but declined to say whether the team has granted permission for a new team at McCoy.

The PawSox owners last week participated in a ceremonial groundbreaking celebration on a new stadium in Worcester.

Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien said this week that he expects clarity on the future of McCoy by fall.

“By the state’s schedule, we will have an announcement by the end of September,” he said.

The city and state have been working together on a request for proposals (RFP) that includes the reuse of McCoy Stadium and revitalization of Pawtucket’s downtown.

“We are excited to be reviewing and evaluating the six responses that we received,” said Grebien. “Pawtucket is a desirable location for development and there is a lot of interest from investors, especially in our five federally designated opportunity zones.”

A redevelopment bill recently passed by the General Assembly will also play a role in redevelopment efforts in the city’s downtown, he said.

The city and its Pawtucket delegation recently announced that the General Assembly passed legislation, signed by the governor, enabling the financing of redevelopment initiatives in Pawtucket’s Growth Center and Arts District.

“The legislation is a truly unique opportunity for Pawtucket to revitalize our city center,” said Grebien. “It will allow the city to invest in infrastructure and make other public improvements in order to facilitate the redevelopment of downtown Pawtucket.”

The legislation will create economic development opportunities around the incoming Pawtucket-Central Falls commuter rail station set to be completed in 2021, he said.

“With the combination of transit, office space, new construction, converted mill housing, thriving breweries, restaurants and cultural spaces, Pawtucket is poised for major investment and mixed-use development,” said the mayor.

There are two bids to bring baseball to McCoy and another four proposals that would bring new uses or convert the stadium into something else.

In a separate bid from Tamburro, Frank Boulton is seeking to bring Atlantic League professional baseball to McCoy.

Four other proposals responding to the RFP include: one by the Level Exchange to create a hub centered on the music industry; one from AJAX Advisors to bring professional soccer to a new downtown stadium and convert McCoy to light industrial use; one by Fortuitous Partners to bring United Soccer to the downtown and a multi-sport recreational park to the McCoy site; and one by Native Waters Investment LLC to build a family entertainment center and riverfront park in the downtown area.