Board seeks feedback on land swap for Charlotte baseball stadium

CHARLOTTE -- The Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners is expected today to set a public hearing for July 10 for residents to weigh in on an $8 million economic development grant for the Charlotte Knights.

Under a proposed agreement, the baseball team would build a $35 million stadium uptown in exchange for an annual grant from the county of about $700,000 based on revenues, probably for 20 years. The grant would go toward public projects such as relocating Third Street, lighting and sidewalks.

The team, which now plays in Fort Mill, wants to begin playing in Charlotte in 2009.

The stadium is one piece of a giant puzzle that is the county's plan to get two new parks and bring the Knights uptown.