- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) - Plans for building a baseball stadium at the former site of a large farmers market in northern Indiana remains on hold while the developer works to line up financing.

The project for just south of Elkhart was first announced in June 2013, but the stadium, estimated to cost $6 million, has yet to be built.

Project developer Craig Wallin told The Elkhart Truth (https://bit.ly/1uDHrmv ) he remained optimistic about getting the stadium built and bringing an independent or summer collegiate baseball team to the city.

“I’ve had to be a little more patient than I’d like,” he said. “It’s a process for most people to start a franchise and build a facility.”

The stadium is proposed for the former American Countryside Farmers Market property along the U.S. 20 bypass about 10 miles east of South Bend. The market, which featured a distinctive 51,000 square-foot red barn, opened in 2007 with nearly 500 indoor and outdoor vendor spaces and closed in 2010.

Wallin said he been working to line up investors for the stadium so it is unlikely to be ready for use during the 2015 baseball season.

“We want to do it right,” he said. “I’m committed to bringing baseball here regardless of the league affiliation. But the main focus right now is getting the stadium built.”

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Information from: The Elkhart Truth, https://www.elkharttruth.com

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