|TRAFICANT, James A., Jr.,|
February 18, 1998
Youngstown, Ohio – U. S. Rep. James A. Traficant, Jr. (D–OH) wants to meet tonight with officials from Niles and Howland Township to further discuss a proposal to build a $9.5 million minor league baseball stadium in the Niles-Howland area. Tonight's meeting will be in addition to a meeting Traficant will hold this Friday with local officials. Tonight's meeting will be held at 8:30 p.m. at Alberini's Restaurant in Niles. Prior to tonight's meeting, Traficant will be meeting at 5:15 p.m. with an attorney for Palisades Baseball, Ltd., the company that owns the Class A baseball team that would play at the proposed stadium. That meeting will also be held at Alberini's. Traficant also announced today that the meeting he will hold this Friday with local officials at Alberini's will now be held at 3:30 p.m. instead of 12:30 p.m.
Traficant wants to meet with the officials to discuss any points of contention related to a non-binding memorandum of intent that Niles and Howland officials have to sign by tomorrow to allow the process to move forward. The memorandum has to be signed by this Thursday according to guidelines established by professional baseball. Traficant also wants to be able to answer any remaining questions local officials might have before making a final decision on signing the memorandum.
In addition to meetings tonight and Friday with Niles and Howland officials, Traficant also plans to meet next week with local community leaders to discuss the formation of a special committee to identify alternative revenue sources for the stadium project. The meeting will be held Monday, February 23rd at 12 noon at Alberini's.
The proposed stadium would be a multi-use facility located near Eastwood Mall. The facility would be the new home to the Erie (PA) Sea Wolves, a Class A minor league team that plays in the New York-Penn League. The team would begin playing in the new facility in 1999. The facility would also host games for Youngstown State University's baseball team, as well as high school baseball play-off games. Other uses include concerts, shows and exhibits. For the past year, Traficant has been working with the team owner and local officials to put together a viable financial package.2009