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.
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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.