Mid-Michigan could be getting a new world class sports complex.
Members of Ripken Design - owned by baseball hall of famer Cal Ripken - are in town conducting a feasibility study to determine whether the complex should be built in Saginaw.
Dan Taylor is the project manager. He and his team toured the city Monday and says there is a lot of potential.
"The whole point of a complex like this is to get people in the area, staying in the area, going to restaurants and other local businesses and helping to spur additional development," Taylor said.
Organizers won't reveal any specific spots they're looking at for the sports complex. But, they say Saginaw's general location including easy access to major highways is ideal.
Karen Lawrence-Webster is part of the New E.R.A. Community Group which hired Ripken Design. If the project gets a green light, she says it will need help on all levels to be successful-- especially when it comes to funding.
"It's about giving their support. Showing up, giving their letters of recommendation to our governor and to our state representatives. There are funds available, but we need them to help us do this." said Lawrence-Webster.
Supporters of the project say it would create jobs and generate millions of dollars in the area. Results of the feasibility study are expected in a couple months.
Below is a sample of comments the public left on TV5's Facebook page when asked if they'd welcome the addition to their community:
Cathy Bammach: I agree Bay City does need this, and if they truly have to build it over in Saginaw...build over by Bay & Tittabawsee-Kochville area....where it's actually a nice area of Saginaw.
Janice Chambers Malenfant: Bay City needs this!!!!!
Bev Squires Bradley: Look what Midland did with the tennis tournaments
John Jekel: i would have walked them a few blocks up washington today and showed them 4400 kids watching the Saginaw Spirit today with an educational theme--- then i would show them the plans for across the street and ask if they could work with this plan and then stop at tv5 office like they were someimportant politicians and mention that former city council person paul ver??? sp ? use to be gm here and then introduce them to paul and say lets go down the street to hoyt park and tell them how things use to be here and introduce them to chris packard and let him tell them what he has did getting baseball back there trying to use the church's and to end their visit i would stop by and make sure they met dick garber ---- i am a little concerned by what i saw on the video - it seems like it is one side of saginaw but i would definitely sell hoyt park concept
Beth Stockford: I'm all for this, but please don't build it in the city.....
Shelly Lenz: Between Bay City and Saginaw but do they have enough security to go with the building to keep the kdis safe inside and out?????
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