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Old 05-29-2013, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Huntington, WV
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I hope this vision becomes reality. It sounds like River Place might still be alive!

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“Once again, I think a baseball stadium is critical, but there’s one thing that’s certain,” the mayor said. “This is not something that we can expect Marshall University to build. I think this has to be a public/private partnership -- private enterprise, Marshall University and the city.

“I know where I’d like for it to be, but we’d have to acquire property for it to occur, the property between Third and Fifth avenues, the Flint Pigments and ACF (American Car Foundry) property, all of that. A baseball stadium could be configured there.

“Plus, we’re trying to develop on the other side of Third, to the river, have all of that torn down and have a research park built in there. We’ve been talking with our congressional representatives … the President has put together a plan for cities that have vacant industrial properties … the revitalization of that property is what we want. We’re putting plans together on that.”

Williams would like a ballpark that’s home to a minor league team as well as the Herd, and one that would be a potential home for a high school state tournament and other regional competition.
HERDZONE.COM - The Marshall University Thundering Herd Official Athletic Site - Athletics News
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Old 05-29-2013, 08:23 PM
 
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Wow! Now this is exciting! I knew I liked this guy. I love his ambition. This is the kind of mayor we need.
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Old 05-29-2013, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Winfield, WV
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I like his ideas, and it sounds like there could be some funding down the road to assist with some of this redevelopment.
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Old 05-29-2013, 09:45 PM
 
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You know, I was a fan of Mayor Wolfe, but I had no idea Williams would be this great. Huntington is going to make some major strides in the next few years.
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Old 05-30-2013, 03:17 PM
 
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He certainly has more progressive ideas and seems to have the perseverance to make it happen. Lets hope we see the results from that.
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Old 05-30-2013, 04:06 PM
 
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I like how he understands the valuable relationship between Huntington and Marshall. I wonder what his plans are outside of Marshall and sports?
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Old 05-30-2013, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Huntington, WV
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The things I know of are attempting to redevelop Hal Greer Blvd., attempting to redevelop the West end via Central City and helping develop downtown further with high speed Internet. I hope he is successful in all of these ventures.
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Old 05-31-2013, 09:46 AM
 
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New thought...where on earth might they place this convention center that was spoken of? Those facilities typically go downtown, but it's not like there is much room. The ACF-lot/pigments-properties seems to be set aside for the ballpark and the ACF building across fifth is where they want the research park. I feel like almost an entire block needs to be set aside, which would infer the demolition of some functioning property(ies).
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Old 05-31-2013, 03:15 PM
 
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Not much new said but here is a Charleston Daily Mail article focussed specifically on the possibility of a baseball stadium:

Marshall baseball: Huntington mayor eyes stadium, minor league team* - Sports - Charleston Daily Mail - West Virginia News and Sports -
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Old 05-31-2013, 08:40 PM
 
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New thought...where on earth might they place this convention center that was spoken of? Those facilities typically go downtown, but it's not like there is much room. The ACF-lot/pigments-properties seems to be set aside for the ballpark and the ACF building across fifth is where they want the research park. I feel like almost an entire block needs to be set aside, which would infer the demolition of some functioning property(ies).
Per the plans for River Place, the baseball field is to go where the ACF parking lot is and the hotel/convention center would be on the property just across 5th Ave from Flint Pigment. This would allow for a restaurant there with seating just beyond the outfield as home plate would be in the northeast corner of the parking lot. Supposedly, a deal is being worked out to allow a hotel on that property as a restriction had been placed on it at the request of another local hotel owner. The hotel was key though and this has been a big part of the hold up thus far.
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