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College Baseball Foundation facing May 1 deadline to submit plans for National College Baseball Hall of Fame

A rendering of what the National College Baseball Hall of Fame will look like (source: Mike Gustafson) A rendering of what the National College Baseball Hall of Fame will look like (source: Mike Gustafson)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The College Baseball Foundation is facing a May 1 deadline to submit final plans for construction of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame. That deadline comes after the Lubbock City Council approved a 120-day extension for the Foundation last December

The discussion continued during the Lubbock City Council's work session on Thursday.

Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope says the main concerns are proof of funding, submitting final building plans and parking.

"We've got to have basically construction ready documents by that time. We wanted to see their funding. Two sets of funding - funding to build the project, and then second their plans to operate it," Mayor Pope said. "If it's on city land that we've given them and the contract can allow it to revert back to us if they were unable to operate it."

College Baseball Foundation CEO Mike Gustafson updated the council with the new project design during Thursday's presentation.

A patio space for events will replace the originally-planned baseball field. This will reduce the size of the plot of land to 2.5 acres from the original five acres.

The land is adjacent to Mac Davis and Avenue O near the Civic Center.

"We're making the best of a reduced piece of land...that's going to be kind of a unique social space in town. There's a lot of places you can go in town that you can have a luncheon or have a sports banquet or whatever. The patio is going to give this a little bit of a unique function as a social space," Gustafson said.

Gustafson showed the Council, they are lacking just under $250,000 in funding right now.

But he says they are hopeful about a grant from a local non-profit that he says would put them on track for this nearly $6 million project.

"I think there's an identity that comes with housing the National College Baseball Hall of Fame that's a little bit unique. Because we've obviously got Buddy Holly Museum, Silent Wings, National Ranching Heritage Center, Ag Museum. And so, but this is a sports museum and a unique aspect to maybe something that the city doesn't have. And so we all want what's best for our city," Gustafson said.

Gustafson says the building designs are also on track to be submitted by the end of April.

City Council will be updated once again on April 13, and residents should know by May 1 whether or not we can see these plans become a reality.

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