REGISTER VIEWPOINT: We'd love to have baseball camp

Yorkshire subdivision residents have put the kibosh on the controversial Baseball on the Rocks project planned for a 112-acre spot i
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

Yorkshire subdivision residents have put the kibosh on the controversial Baseball on the Rocks project planned for a 112-acre spot in Bellevue.

Residents of the subdivision objected to the project which would have developed 40 acres of quarry property with 8 baseball diamonds, including two lighted fields, two 2-story dorm buildings and a 451-space parking lot. The residents, though divided in their opinions, were able to garner enough objections to the development to pull together with thoughts of buying the property themselves.

The owner of the property decided the not-in-my-backyard attitude was enough to pull the property from the market -- at least from the baseball park developer.

As with all such controversies, there are two sides to the story. But, we wonder how intrusive the park would have been to the residents. With a promise of increased tax base and as a draw for not only players, but their families and friends, the financial benefits may have greatly outweighed the inconvenience of increased traffic to the area.

We think the Yorkshire residents are short-sighted about the possible benefits for the overall community, of which their subdivision is only a small part.

We invite Bob Himmelein, the developer of the proposed park, to keep in mind other sites in the area which would welcome the baseball project. One that comes to mind is long-vacant Steuk's property on U.S. 6 just inside the city limits of Sandusky. With easy access to Ohio 2, sparse residential property in the immediate area, and access to water and sewer already on site, the property could be a home run for Himmelein and for the city.