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High Point To Break Ground For New Stadium

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An aerial view of what downtown High Point will look like once construction is completed.

Guilford County residents are preparing for a groundbreaking ceremony for a new baseball stadium in High Point on Friday.

City officials still need to ask the state's local government commission if they can borrow up to $38 million without raising taxes to pay for the stadium — a move that has come with some controversy.

High Point Assistant City Manager Randy Heman said the stadium will complement other upcoming projects in the city like library redevelopment, a new farmer's market, and parking lot renovations.

“This is just the beginning for us and it's part of a much larger effort for us to create a downtown that has activities 365 days a year,” he said.

The overall project includes the stadium, residential units, hotels, a children's museum, and office space.

Heman said residents should be ready to see changes immediately.

“It will have a huge economic impact not just for the next few years but in perpetuity because I think everybody understands that once you get a project like this started,  it gains momentum,” he said.

The groundbreaking ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m. on the corner of Pine Street and Church Avenue.

The stadium is expected to be completed by spring 2019.

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