Yonkers City Council votes to begin process of bringing baseball to town

On Thursday, the push to bring minor league baseball to Westchester took a step in the right direction. The Yonkers City Council voted 5 to 2 to begin the process of acquiring land where a proposed ballpark would be built.The project calls for a 6,500-seat stadium to be built in the area now known as "Chicken Island" in the Getty Square section of the city. Supporters of the plan say the minor league stadium will bring baseball fans to downtown Yonkers and attract new businesses.However, to make room for construction, the city would have to purchase many existing businesses and the land they occupy. The development could result in the removal of 19 local businesses, a fact that does not sit well with storeowners on New Main Street despite City Hall's promise of relocation assistance to affected businesses. Some storeowners are seeking out attorneys and plan to fight against the city's use of eminent domain.Yonkers residents are also concerned about who will pick up the $43 million construction tab, although the city insists that no taxpayer dollars will be involved.

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