FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Barbara Redlitz, 760-839-4546

The City of Escondido has released a Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) evaluating the environmental impacts of the proposed Triple-A Minor League Ballpark project. A copy of the document may be found on the City’s Web site

A hard copy is also available at the public counter of the Planning Department at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway, and at the Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia Street. The public review period for the MND is from October 19 through November 8, 2010. Written public comments will be accepted until 5:30 p.m. on Monday, November 8, 2010 and should be submitted to the Escondido Planning Division, 201 North Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025. A City Council public hearing on the MND and the related Development and Disposition Agreement addressing financing for the proposed ballpark is anticipated in late November.

The MND is a preliminary finding that there will be no significant environmental effects from the project because of specific mitigation measures related to biological resources, cultural resources/paleontology, geology/soils, hazards and hazardous materials, noise, and transportation/traffic.

The ballpark is proposed on 15.3 acres comprised of land owned by the City of Escondido, NCTD, and a private plumbing business, generally located north of Norlak Avenue and south of W. Washington Avenue, on either side of N. Spruce Street. The proposed 244,240 gross square foot (gsf) ballpark would provide seating for 9,000 persons, with up to 331 parking spaces onsite. The relocated NCTD bus storage facility and up to an additional 884 parking spaces may be located on the City’s western public works yard on the south side of W. Washington Avenue.

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