Another swing at a ballpark

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January 19, 2004 // UPDATED 2:38 pm - April 24, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

Mayor R.T. Rybak recently greeted people in a skyway spanning Hennepin Avenue, linking Block E with City Center, to drum up support for "Minneapolis Home Field Advantage" -- a privately sponsored campaign for a new Twins ballpark in the Warehouse District.

Rybak, along with other city and business leaders, launched the campaign Jan. 8. The City Council signed off on a resolution earlier this month supporting the Rapid Park site in the Warehouse District as a venue for a new Twins stadium. On Jan. 13, the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners approved a Warehouse District ballpark finance concept that would levy a one-tenth of a cent sales tax on county hotels, car rentals and bars, plus divert $7 million in city parking revenues (presumably new funds generated by fans parking at nearby city-managed ramps).

Investments Management, which owns the below-grade Rapid Park parking lots behind the Target Center, is pushing a plan calling for an open-air park along with 2,000 condo units.

Campaign volunteers planned on distributing 400 kits to businesses with campaign literature and brochures asking people to send in cards showing their support for the Downtown ballpark. They planned on forwarding their proposal by Monday, Jan. 15 to the governor, who has formed a steering committee to review the various stadium plans.