Curve ball thrown into plans to build a baseball stadium in Yonkers
On Tuesday night the Yonkers City Council was supposed to vote on a proposal to condemn Main Street buildings to make room for a minor league baseball stadium. The vote, however, had to be postponed because of the way the proposal came onto the city council agenda. The city council instead will hold a special meeting on Thursday night to discuss whether to claim Main Street stores through eminent domain and pave the way for a baseball park.
The idea to put a minor league stadium in downtown Yonkers has divided the community. Some say a ballpark will bring visitors and revenue to the financially-strapped city. Others think a baseball team, not affiliated to any major league club, will fail in Yonkers. They want to keep the Main Street stores in tact. Opponents say the businesses bring in just as much money, if not more, than any stadium could.