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ONLY ON 3: Developer says he can build ballpark for less

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tonight Wilmington City Council will discuss a bond referendum of up to $42 million to build a ballpark. But one developer says he can build it for much less.

“I think it could be done for a lot less,” Chuck Schoninger said. “I mean without a doubt.”

Schoninger owns land along the Wilmington riverfront near PPD. It’s property he has been pitching to build a ballpark on for years.

He believes that if the stadium doesn’t include all the bells and whistles, like state of the art locker rooms and extra seating, the price could be dramatically reduced.

“We feel like for a 3,500 hard seat stadium, you’re somewhere what we call bricks and sticks in the $20 to $25 million range,” Schoninger said.

He predicts with the extra costs, it could be completed for about $30 million.

In the end, Schoninger believes the city will make the best decision on how much to spend on the ballpark.

“I think they absolutely feel like it could be done for a lot less, and I think that’s really what the conversation about where they’re trying to drive that final number is part of that conversation,” he said.

Tonight City Council will start discussing the bond referendum and deciding when to hold the public hearings. That meeting starts at 6:30.

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