October 16, 2021

Project’s Phase 2 on hold

Talks underway over baseball fields at C’ville complex

Colin Spencer/staff reporter

A crew works Tuesday on the playground at Gutchess Lumber Sports Complex. The start of work on the project’s second phase has been delayed while the town negotiates use of the fields with a baseball scouting company.

Work on Phase 2 of Gutchess Lumber Sports Complex is on hold during negotiations with a baseball scouting company that may use the fields, said Cortlandville Town Supervisor Tom Williams.

Williams said the company — who he declined to name as negotiations are not complete — has been looking to use Gutchess as its hub for baseball scouting.

How the negotiation goes could affect Phase 2 of the project, which adds two more baseball fields and other amenities, Williams said.

Work is now progressing on installing a playground at the facility.

Additional work of Phase 2 will include new lighting, new pathways and new parking lots, according to an April 9 planning document from CHA Consulting Inc., the consulting firm hired by the town to design the project.

The town is also looking at how to cover the costs for the two new fields, which could range between $600,000 to $1 million per field, before work can start on Phase 2, he said.

“We’re trying to see if we can generate enough money to expand the park,” Williams said.

He also declined to comment on how much the baseball company was willing to pay the town to use the complex.

The Cortlandville Town Board received the April 9 letter from CHA at its April 21 meeting but delayed acting on Phase 2 because of the negotiations with the baseball company, Williams said.

The letter outlines a schedule for CHA to assist the town with the project, including having all construction design documents completed by July 30 and assisting with bids for construction in August.

Laura Cassalia, a project manager with CHA familiar with the project, referred questions regarding the project to Williams.

The first phase of the project included building two baseball fields and a pavilion.

The total cost for the entire park once finished has been estimated between $16 million and $18 million.

The 100-acre park could be completed by 2028, according to a 2018 feasibility study by Chicago-based Market and Feasibility Advisors, which projected the complex would support 102 jobs and create $2.4 million a year in spending.

The site was previously owned by Gutchess Lumber, which swapped the land with the town in return for the 6.1acre former Citizens Park on Route 281 adjacent to the Gutchess facility on McLean Road.