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Developer finally releases statement on new stadium in St. Petersburg



The firm behind a proposed new baseball stadium in St. Petersburg has finally spoken.

But it wasn’t much.

CityScape released a statement Friday, saying it would remain silent until it shares its plan before the City Council, the Pinellas County Commission and the Tampa Bay Rays.

The presentation could occur next month. The firm, owned by developer Darryl LeClair, hopes the discussion keeps the team in St. Petersburg.

“Out of respect for the Council’s invitation, we will postpone any public comment until after our presentation,” said Chris Eastman, president of CityScape.

The proposal, Eastman said, would show a traffic analysis, demographics, designs, and alternative cost models. CityScape wants to build a the stadium in the Carillon business park in the city’s Gateway area.

Team owner Stuart Sternberg sent a letter to the City Council on Thursday, saying members would attend the meeting as a courtesy to the council. The Rays still do not want to be tied to any one site in St. Petersburg. It wants to explore options around Tampa Bay.

[Last modified: Friday, August 24, 2012 5:49pm]


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