- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Lawmakers and the public deserve to see why the Pawtucket Red Sox say that renovations to McCoy Stadium would cost $65 million, the Pawtucket mayor said in a letter to the team.

Donald Grebien told PawSox co-owner Larry Lucchino in a May 22 letter that making the team’s feasibility study available is “critical to the vetting process of any potential agreement.”

The new owners of the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox have cited the cost listed in the study, which they have not released, as one reason they won’t stay at McCoy. The team wants to build a new ballpark in downtown Providence and has said they’ll leave Rhode Island if they can’t get the land they want and a deal with the state.

Grebien was trying to set up a meeting with PawSox President James Skeffington before he died on May 17, a Grebien spokesman said. Pawtucket officials have rejected the team’s claims that renovating McCoy would be too expensive.

When asked whether the team would release the study, PawSox spokeswoman Patti Doyle said Lucchino “will most certainly respond” to Grebien’s request for a meeting, but she did not address whether the team would release the study.

Meanwhile, Pawtucket’s five state representatives are asking the state to conduct its own study to determine the best use of McCoy if the team leaves. The bill is scheduled to be heard by the House finance committee next week, said Democratic Rep. Mary Messier.

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