Warner Robins to ask for minor league business plan

chwright@macon.comFebruary 21, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- A Warner Robins group will ask the Middle Georgia Regional Commission for a business plan to bring a minor league baseball team to the city, said Mayor Chuck Shaheen.

Shaheen said he lent the group the city conference room Wednesday to talk about the prospect of bringing a team to Warner Robins after receiving positive feedback on the topic. They asked him to solicit a plan from the commission.

The plan would give a better overview of the viability of a team and its cost, Shaheen said.

He said Frank Burke, co-owner of the Chattanooga Lookouts, joined the group’s discussion via conference call and gave some insight into what would need to be done to bring a team to Warner Robins.

The mayor said this is not a city project but one driven by residents. They’re reviewing funding options that range from a private investor to a special purpose local option sales tax, but nothing is set in stone, he said.

“We’re at least moving in the right direction as far as a business plan,” Shaheen said.

To contact writer Christina M. Wright, call 256-9785.

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