Providence City Council reaches out to PawSox

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The new owners of the PawSox want to move the team from Pawtucket to Providence, but there’s a group of people they have not met with about their proposal: the Providence City Council.

On Thursday night, the council unanimously passed a resolution inviting the team’s owners to meet with them to discuss their plans to relocate the team to the vacant 195 land in Providence.

“I am not opposed to the concept but I am opposed to the proposal they made,” Councilman Sam Zurrier told Eyewitness News. “…it appeared to have excessive financing relative to the cost of what they were asking.”

PawSox ownership has said it would front $85 million for the project, but wants $4 million from the state annually for 30 years. That would total $120 million dollars.

“The Boston Red Sox pay taxes to the city of Boston, we need some kind of financial support for the impact or burden that the stadium is going to have on us in the city,” Zurrier said.

The City Council would have to make changes to zoning, and close a city street if a new stadium is going to be built on the proposed site. Council members say they hope their resolution gets the attention of the team’s owners, so they can start a dialogue soon.

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