The city will hold an open house Oct. 16 at the Doubletree hotel to gather feedback from the public on the possibility of building a $100 million spring training baseball stadium off Central Boulevard for the Houston Astros and the Toronto Blue Jays.
“This is the beginning of the public process,” said Tom McNicholas, the city’s public relations consultant for the stadium project. “We’re doing this to get resident feedback.”
McNicholas said city staffers along with experts on baseball, stadium financing, traffic and other stadium-related topics will be on hand to answer questions from the public in an open, casual format.
Those attending also will be able to see a conceptual site plan for the stadium and submit written comments, McNicholas said.
Residents who live near the proposed site being considered for the spring training stadium — north of PGA Boulevard and east of Central Boulevard near the city’s tennis center — will receive letters soon notifying them of the open house and showing the location of the proposed stadium site, McNicholas said.
Astros owner Jim Crane said on the Astros’ website Monday that the team’s spring training move from Kissimmee to Palm Beach Gardens is “95 percent” complete and noted that the Blue Jays have signed a letter of intent to move their spring-training operations to Palm Beach Gardens from Dunedin.
City Manager Ron Ferris said the city has “much due diligence to complete” before the city can decide whether the spring-training stadium would be good for Palm Beach Gardens, including getting feedback from residents.
The Oct. 16 open house is scheduled for 4-7 p.m. at the Doubletree hotel, 4431 PGA Blvd.