College Baseball Hall of Fame project reaches major milestone - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/23/10

College Baseball Hall of Fame project reaches major milestone

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

By Ben Lawson  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Thursday marks a major milestone in the development of a College Baseball Hall of Fame in Lubbock.  That's when the Lubbock City Council considers giving organizers the land, but it come with some stipulations.

Council members will consider giving the College Baseball Foundation (CBF) a piece of land, just north of the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center at Avenue O and the Marsha Sharp Freeway.  The CBF is in charge of the museum and hall of fame project, and Mayor Tom Martin says the property under consideration covers about seven acres.

Martin explained that before a contract could be considered, the CBF had to raise $2-million for the project.  "The council, since the early 90's, has been very adamant that before we would make any commitments, that the organization to be able to show they can raise the money, otherwise it would not be a viable project," Martin said. 

Martin tells us that if council approves the agreement to provide the land, organizers would need to build within the next five years. If not, the deal would be off.

Again, the city would only provide the land, it's up to the CBF to come up with the funds for building and operations. Martin says it's a great project that coincides with downtown redevelopment plans.  "We've already seen the success of the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center.  That facility continues to grow, and it's funded by private money. The city provided the old buildings they're located in, and they've made a great attraction and addition to our city. I would suspect that as the downtown project continues over the coming years, that we'll see more venues like this that are people attractors; they bring people to the downtown area," Martin said. 

The CBF's campaign for the hall of fame and museum is $18-million.  (Click Here) to learn more.

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