PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI/AP) — The office of Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien has released copies of a letter the mayor sent to Pawtucket Red Sox co-owner Larry Lucchino, which asks to see the feasibility study the team had done on renovations to McCoy Stadium.
The team says the study shows renovating McCoy would cost $65 million.
“The reason for this request is not to question your figures, but rather, to serve the City and help gain a better understanding of what the true needs and costs associated with the stadium are,” said Grebien in the letter, dated May 22.
Grebien also makes the appeal that fandom of the AAA baseball team, affiliated with the Boston Red Sox, is strong in the city. “The brand of the Red Sox is something that the people of Pawtucket and the State of Rhode Island strongly identify with,” he said.
The city had been trying to meet with the team’s president, Jim Skeffington, before his death on May 17, in efforts to open a dialogue — as the team looks to build a stadium in Downtown Providence. The owners say the team will leave Rhode Island if it can’t get a deal with the state to build the stadium.