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Baseball Club Denied Permit for Hancock County Sports Complex

8/30/2013


(photo courtesy Indiana Bandits Baseball Club)

The Hancock County Board of Zoning Appeals has denied a local baseball group a permit to build a new 35-acre sports complex.

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The board voted 3-2 to deny the permit for the sports complex on County Road 250 West in Hancock County.  Ron Roberts, President of the Indiana Bandits Baseball Club, says this would have been the only situation he could think of where a non-profit club owned the property which would have allowed them to charge lower fees for use of the complex.  He says the complex would be a big boost for the county's economy.

"You have teams traveling in from Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Georgia and so on," Roberts says.  "They're staying at your hotels.  They're eating at your restaurants.  I mean, that helps any economy."

Opponents claimed the complex would have created issues with noise, traffic and well water in the area.  Roberts says the club would have followed the county's orders on those issues.   He says county officials had decided the complex was good to go, despite the BZA's denial of the permit. 

Roberts says they will file an appeal next week and it could take six to nine months before another hearing.

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