- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - If the new owners of the Pawtucket Red Sox have their way, the team’s new ballpark would overlook a “quintessential New England” scene of colonial architecture, complete with a church steeple.

During a walking tour of the 4.8-acre plot of land along the Providence River, Pawtucket Red Sox president James Skeffington said the new owners are hopeful that state and local officials will approve of the plan to keep the Triple-A baseball club in the state by moving the team to Providence, where they say a new stadium will draw more families and encourage business development.

“It’s a game-changer for our city,” Skeffington said.

But Skeffington said the new owners have yet to submit any formal proposals to build on the land, having just completed a study - conducted by PawSox-sanctioned consulting firms - to determine the feasibility of a 10,000-seat stadium on the former highway land. The consultants agreed there’s “no better site” for a ballpark, Skeffington said.

The next step, he added, is designing the ballpark and figuring out costs. Skeffington reiterated - as he has done since the new owners announced in February they planned to move to Providence - that the stadium would be built with private funds. He declined to comment further on whether the new owners would ask for state assistance.

The I-195 Redevelopment Commission - which owns the land - has not yet received a proposal from the new owners, said commission spokeswoman Dyana Koelsch. Nevertheless, the commission is looking at whether a ballpark is the “best use of the land,” she said.

A spokeswoman with Commerce RI, with whom the new owners would presumably need to speak in order to move forward with the project, did not return messages Thursday seeking comment.

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