|TRAFICANT, James A., Jr.,|
Febraury 3, 1998
Washington, D.C. – U. S. Rep. James A. Traficant, Jr. (D–OH) is asking officials from Howland Township and the city of Niles to convene a meeting later this week to discuss a plan Traficant has been working on to build a $9.5 million multi-use community facility near Eastwood Mall. The facility would be the new home to a minor league baseball team, and would serve a number of community uses including play-off games for high school baseball teams, concerts, rallies, shows and exhibits. For the past year, Traficant has been working with the owner of a minor league baseball team and local officials to put together a package that would bring the team to Trumbull County.
"As the 80th largest market in the country, it is unbelievable that our community does not have a minor league baseball team," said Traficant. "I have been working to put together a package that will provide the maximum benefit possible to the local governments and the community. There are significant economic and quality of life issues involved with this project," added Traficant.
Traficant said that he will make public all details about the project once he has had a chance to meet with Howland and Niles officials. "The project will require financing from a number of different sources," noted Traficant. "The owner of the team has pledged a significant amount. If we can get a commitment from the local governments involved, that would leverage state and federal grant money," said Traficant. "Before making any further announcements, I want to wait until I have had a chance to discuss the proposal in more detail with Howland and Niles officials."
Traficant hopes to meet with Howland and Niles officials this Friday.2009