Lowertown residents upset over ballpark plans

9:10 PM, Jul 30, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- City officials have touted the Lowertown Ballpark as key to revitalizing the neighborhood but residents next door are crying foul ball.

"I'm going to lose about half the value of my property because of this," Matt Gross, who has lived in the Market House condos since 2008 said. 

The big selling point on his home was a reserved parking spot that will no longer be his come Sunday. Under eminent domain the city is taking the 55 stall lot for the stadium. He's worried about where he will have to park and his re-sale value.

"No one is going to buy my condo if they can't park there," Gross said.

Joe Campbell, communications director for Mayor Chris Coleman's office disagrees about the property losing value. He insists property value will actually go up.

"They'll be one of the few people in the Twin Cities that can say they can watch a baseball game out of their living room window," Campbell said.

A potential parking deal fell through recently but another plan is expected to be ready by the end of the week.

"It's still in draft form right now so I can't talk about the specifics but I can tell you that the Mayor is still very committed to making sure that Market House residents have some options on the table," Campbell said.

For now Gross and other residents have plans to park at the Union Depot, a quarter mile away. Not ideal, Gross said, especially when bringing home groceries.

"Ironically I actually volunteered for the Saints to help them promote this at one point. I didn't realize that they were going to do this to me," Gross said.

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