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USA Training Center unveils ballpark, possible stadium plans in Brentwood

Union Leader Correspondent

May 20. 2016 2:39AM
Dave Gleason of Gleason Architects listens to a question from the audience during a planning board meeting about a proposed baseball park in Brentwood Thursday night. (Jason Schreiber)

BRENTWOOD — Preliminary plans for a baseball park with the potential for a stadium and a 100-room hotel on Route 125 were unveiled Thursday night.

Representatives from USA Training Center presented their proposal at a planning board meeting that was considered the first big step in what will likely be a lengthy approval process.

The goal of the proposal is to provide home fields for the USA Mavericks Baseball Club and Seacoast Mavericks, a collegiate summer baseball team.

The organization has drawn up a preliminary proposal for a 23-acre site at 470 Route 125 near the Epping town line that calls for a baseball stadium to seat 3,000 to 4,000 people and three additional baseball fields. The plan also features a hotel as a way to help support the baseball project.

“The idea is to maximize the usage of the property with as much baseball as we can,” said Dave Hoyt, owner of the Seacoast Mavericks and the USA Mavericks Baseball Club.

The USA Mavericks Baseball Club, which serves players ages 9 to 18, currently has an enclosed facility in Newington that’s used year-round for baseball and softball programs.

However, the organization has no outdoor fields and must rent fields.

Hoyt and project leader Dave Gleason of Gleason Architects of Stratham cautioned that the plan is still being fine-tuned and could change depending on what the town will and won’t allow on the property.

Board Chairman Bruce Stevens said the plan is in the “infancy stage.”

Some planning board members expressed concern about the scope of the project given the soil conditions, wetlands and the size of the property, which sits near the Epping town line just south of Burger King.

“I think four fields would be a little aggressive,” board member Steve Hamilton said.

Glenn Greenwood, the town’s circuit rider planner, said he didn’t think the proposed 180 parking spaces could accommodate four fields, a hotel and other potential retail on the site.

Gleason acknowledged that the plan would likely undergo changes, and that they might not be able to do everything they’d like.

“This is the dream plan,” he said of the plan pitched Thursday night.

Hoyt told the board he’s been in talks with the Wyndham hotel chain about the project.

Regardless of the road ahead, Gleason and Hoyt appeared committed to working with the town to bring some version of the project to fruition by this fall.

“I believe that this is probably the highest and best use of the property. … We thought this would be an ideal location to put a baseball field,” Gleason told the board.

The success of the project may hinge on whether the town of Epping is able to provide water and sewer services. Project officials have been in contact with Epping to see about the possibility of working out a deal to extend Epping’s water and sewer to the property because Brentwood doesn’t officer municipal water and sewer.

Epping officials have said they’d have enough water to meet the project’s needs, but sewer capacity could be an issue.

“There seems to be interest on the Epping side to participate with Brentwood,” Gleason said.

The board made no decisions on the proposal, which will likely be reviewed further at future meetings.

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