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Calif. city turns down Big League Dreams

BY DAN HILDEBRAN

Monitor Editor

The city council of Selma, Calif., during a Jan. 21 meeting, backed out of a proposed partnership with Big League Dreams to build a recreational sports complex, according to the Selma Enterprise.

The six-field complex, which would have been built 16 miles southeast of Fresno, is similar to a project the  Clay County Development Authority is now  negotiating with Big League Dreams to develop near Branon Field Road between Middleburg and Orange Park.

According to the newspaper, when Selma officials first started negotiating with BLD in 2012, the estimated cost of the project was $25 million.  However, recent forecasts now estimate a cost of over $40 million for the development.

Clay County development officials are proposing a $19 million bond issue to finance the Branon Field Road project.

Selma City Manager H-B Heusser said he thought the project would have benefited the California community.

“It is hard to predict the exact fiscal impact, but using the experiences from other Big League Dreams projects, and some economic development indicators, we do see that the other sites show an increase in hotel room uses and expansions as well as food services, both fast food and restaurants,” Heusser told the Enterprise.

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