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Clay County approves land-use change that includes mega ballpark

7:43 AM, Aug 28, 2013   |    comments
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GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- The Clay County Commissioners unanimously approved a land-use amendment allowing for the proposed Big League Dreams mega ballpark multi-sports complex.

According to the Florida Times-Union, Tuesday evening the commission voted 4-0, with Chairwoman Chereese Stewart absent, for the a 470-acre tract in Middleburg.

The vote changed the land-use designation to a mixed-use which changes from traditional neighborhood to a community center and Branan Field Master Plan Community.

The proposal would have the complex built near Middleburg around Branan Field and Old Jennings Road.

The property owner, BFC Partnership Limited, requested the change that will allow for other construction according to the T-U. This would include a combination of high density residential, office and light industrial, retail stores, restaurants and the recreational sports complex.

The partnership intends to donate the 35 acres for the sports complex. Big League Dreams is looking at Clay County for its first complex on the East Coast.

In addition, the commission voted 4-0 to create the Branan Field mixed-use category for the property.

The T-U says the county Planning Commission and the county staff recommended approval of both measures.

County Commissioner Ronnie Robinson, who opposes the Big League Dreams project, voted in support of both land-use measures because it gives "multiple uses for other citizens of Clay County."

The commission will begin negotiating a potential contract with the county Development Authority on Wednesday, who would own the complex and hire Big League Dreams to manage and maintain it.

Nothing has been finalized and the county can drop the project at any time in the process, according to the county's outside law firm, which is aiding it in the negotiations.

Florida Times-Union

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