The Clackamas Review

Despite competition from a new Hillsboro baseball park, Milwaukie officials say efforts to secure a minor-league baseball team at the ODOT maintenance yard site are progressing.

The city remains confident both commitments will be in place by its self-imposed July 31 deadline.

On June 26, the city of Hillsboro reached an agreement with the Northwest League to attract the short-season single-A Yakima Bears to a new stadium that will be constructed in time for next year's SUBMITTED RENDERING - This rendering of a stadium shows what the McLoughlin Boulevard entrance of a ballpark could look like in Milwaukie.

"We've been watching the Hillsboro situation, and our hats are off to the Hillsboro City Council for recognizing how minor-league baseball can help define a community," Community Development Director Kenny Asher said. "Fortunately for Milwaukie, there are 1.7 million people in this market, and still plenty of interest in our project from teams, investors and baseball fans."

Asher will provide the City Council with a status report at the Aug. 7 meeting held at 7 p.m. in City Hall, 10722 S.E. Main St. The City Council will weigh whether enough progress has been made to warrant putting the Milwaukie ballpark project on the ballot for public financing in November.

The City Council is looking for a commitment from a team to play in Milwaukie beginning in the 2014 season. The report will also include an update on efforts to relocate ODOT off the eight-acre stadium site, just three-eighths of a mile from the future light-rail station.

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