Cato puts $5.7M bid on old Knights Stadium land

Cato puts $5.7M bid on old Knights Stadium land

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by AMY COWMAN / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on December 6, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 2:55 PM

FORT MILL, S.C. -- As construction for the Charlotte Knights new stadium moves forward in uptown Charlotte, York County is planning what to do with the vacant stadium and land.

"Looking for things to do here in Fort mill you ended up going into Charlotte," said mother Rebecca Ogden.
 
And now York County residents say they're disappointed to add baseball to the list.
 
"We took him for his first game and it was awesome and we had a ball.  So we're sad to see it go," said Tega Cay mom Breanna Kinkopf.
 
York County has already formed a Baseball Reuse Committee. They've met twice to discuss what to do with the 32-acre Knights Stadium property. Mark Farris with York County Economic Development says there's lots of potential.
 
"We have the opportunity to participate in a pretty significant project for York County," said Farris.
 
Already clothing company Cato has submitted a $5.7 million bid in federal bankruptcy court to buy 260 acres adjacent to the county's land.  On Monday, the county approved a resolution showing interest in a distribution center plan that would invest $36 million and create 130 jobs, but Farris says they can't confirm who it's with.
 
"’Project Vic’ is a clothing distribution and retailer who has an interest in purchasing the property around the stadium and is also interested in purchasing the facility,” said Farris.
 
Farris says that could be very lucrative for the area.
 
"It has a potential to create many thousands of jobs and several hundred million dollars of investment so we're excited about the prospect," said Farris.
 
Families living nearby have expressed a need for a youth sports facility, but say they'll support any positive plan for growth.
 
“As long as it's something safe and to the good of our community," said Kinkopf.
 
Farris says there’s no time frame as of right now for when they’ll move forward with any plans for the stadium. NBC Charlotte reached out to Cato and had not heard back by the time our story aired.

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