For Virginia Business
A group of professional baseball players, under the company name of Seven Cities Development Co. LLC, wants to build a 40,000-square-foot indoor sports performance and instruction facility in Virginia Beach. Seven Cities hopes to purchase seven acres of city land for the project in the Princess Anne Commons area.
The company has offered to pay $125,000 per acre with an option to purchase an additional three-acre parcel for expansion. Altogether, the group would invest about $4 million in capital and $1 million in personal property to open the facility, which would employ about 25 people, according to Warren Harris, director of economic development for Virginia Beach.
The proposed land sale must come before the city’s economic development authority for a vote. “It should be scheduled soon,” said Harris. The project would be privately financed, with no public funds, he added.
The indoor facility would offer skills instruction, performance training, therapy, and sports-medicine programs. While other regions offer indoor sports facilities, Harris describes the Seven Cities project as unique, because “there are current baseball players that will be directly involved rather than lending their name to a project.”
The principals include Michael Cuddyer of the Minnesota Twins, B.J. Upton of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Justin Upton of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals, Tim Hummel who recently retired from the Cincinnati Reds and Hutch Call, a former college football player and local and national sports edicine/performance
training provider. All the athletes are local to the Hampton Roads region, says Harris, and spend time in the area during the year.