CHARLOTTE -- Mecklenburg County commissioners approved three deals Tuesday night that would clear the way for a minor-league baseball stadium, urban park and mixed-use development in uptown Charlotte.
All three were approved by votes of 7 to 2, with commissioners Bill James and Dan Bishop voting no.
In voting for the land deals, commissioners rejected a settlement offer pitched last week by real estate attorney Jerry Reese, who has pushed to lure a major-league baseball team to the city.
In offering the settlement, Reese offered to drop three lawsuits he'd filed against the land swap plan.
Reese's offer included 10 requests, including asking commissioners to give him rights to purchase about 32 acres of county-owned land in Second Ward. The property then would be used to build a 40,000-seat retractable roofstadium built to major-league and NCAA specifications.
In exchange, Reese would offer, among other things, a new administrative building for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and a new aquatic center. He'd also offered to move the old Second Ward High gymnasium and turn it into a museum devoted to the school and Second Ward community.
But commissioners said Reese's proposal wasn't in the county's best interest, and would involve decisions made by a host of public and private bodies.
Tuesday's votes represent the last significant actions the board must take to wrap up a complex series of land swaps first pitched in 2005 to help free up land for the baseball stadium.