BELOIT—Construction on the downtown Beloit Snappers stadium could start on April 30, with the Beloit City Council to accept key documents related to the project at a meeting on Monday.
The council will refer three items to the Beloit Plan Commission including a planned urban development (PUD) application; a zoning map amendment; and a resolution starting the process to vacate a portion of Water Street near the stadium site. All three documents are vital to construction starting on time.
The Plan Commission will meet on March 4 to possibly take action on vacating a portion of Water Street and the PUD application before both items could head to the council for final vote on March 16 (PUD) and April 20 (Water Street). The rezoning of the site is expected to head before council on March 16, according to Beloit Planning and Building Services Director Drew Pennington.
As previously reported by the Beloit Daily News, The PUD was submitted on Jan. 24 by Jones Petrie Rafinski on behalf of Hendricks Commercial Properties, the developer on the project. It shows construction on the $32 million stadium at 217 Shirland Avenue (just over nine acres) is expected to start on April 30 and be completed by April 1, 2021.
The land is owned by the City of Beloit and would be leased to the Riverbend Stadium Authority, the group set to manage stadium operations. The stadium authority is poised to enter into a lease agreement with the city for the land, which the city would continue to own. The stadium is expected to be used not only for the home of the Snappers, but also for hosting non-baseball events like soccer matches, football games, concerts and community gatherings, according to the PUD application.
Construction at the site is expected to include two parking lots, one south of Shirland Avenue across from the stadium and one immediately north of the stadium, consisting of 226 available parking spaces.
A parking analysis provided in the planning documents shows stakeholders estimate a total parking need of 875 spaces based on the assumption that one parking space per four fans at full capacity (3,500) are used. The analysis states there are 777 available public parking spaces within a 10 minute walk of the stadium.
In the past three seasons, the Snappers reported average attendance figures for games of 959 in 2017, 1,025 in 2018 and 1,181 in 2019, according to Beloit Professional Baseball Association President Dennis Conerton.
The council will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday for agenda review followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 100 State St.