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Mitchell Baseball training ground inches closer to fruition

A plan to build a baseball training facility at Cadwell Park continued to take steps toward reality on Monday.

The Mitchell Planning and Zoning Commission made two official recommendations to the City Council during Monday’s meeting, a plan to rezone property from a high density residential district to a public lands and institutions district and a plan to install 30 parking spots at the facility. The zoning change was needed if the city ultimately allows the construction of the structure.

The recommendations would need to be approved by the Mitchell City Council before the Mitchell Baseball Association (MBA) could build an 88-foot by 120-foot warehouse-type structure to serve as an indoor training facility during rainy or cold weather. The facility would also include space for offices, lockers and a weight room.

Regardless of whether or not the facility is approved, City Administrator Stephanie Ellwein indicated there is no need for the city-owned plats to be zoned for high density residential projects.

“The city does not have any purpose for putting in an apartment complex there,” Ellwein said.

The commission also recommended the installation of a 30-spot parking lot, which would include two spots for drivers with disabilities.

Although the facility itself was not the subject of Monday’s discussion, commission member Bernie Schmucker expressed concerns about how the steel structure would look in the residential neighborhood.
“We used to refer to it as kind of a two-dog neighborhood to the north and east,” Schmucker said.

The most recent proposal from the MBA would see the construction of a $350,000 structure under a 20-year lease. For the duration of the lease, the city would receive $300 per year.