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Plans for Field of Dreams expansion become more clear

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About 150 people gathered at the Dyersville Social Center to learn more about the Field of Dreams expansion plans About 150 people gathered at the Dyersville Social Center to learn more about the Field of Dreams expansion plans
DYERSVILLE (KWWL) -

Plans for the Field of Dreams movie site expansion became more clear Sunday evening in a public forum with the prospective developer.

The plan has been met with everything from questions to outright resistance since its proposal late last year. The information Sunday night, however, may be another step in dispelling fears.

It was an open forum, and about 150 people packed into the Dyersville Social Center for the exchange of information.

Denise Stillman, one of the prospective developers of the Field of Dreams movie site expansion, explained details of the proposed 24-field youth softball/baseball tournament facility, called All-Star Ballpark Heaven.

"Some of the new information we had tonight was all about staffing, the wages, who will be here, how it's played, how the games will happen, so the community got a better feeling for traffic: how things will flow in and out of the facility. I think they're much better informed now than they were before," Stillman said after the meeting.

Tim Gansemer, assistant chief of Dyersville Fire and Rescue, brought up the concern of medical response time, with 13 weeks of tournament play bringing thousands more people into the area than there normally are.

"When you start adding another 4,000 people to towns, you're going to have more injuries and more medical calls, which we're going to be called out," he said.

Stillman, however, assured the crowd there would be medical personnel staffed and on site.

"I was very happy with her answer," Gansemer said. "I mean, as long as they have medical staff on scene to take care of the minor injuries, you know, we can come out there and transport them, take care of the major injuries or medical."

Stillman also fielded questions about local economic impact. She said the complex will create 88 jobs, 48 of which will be year-round.

Steve Trenkamp attended the meeting and said he and many fellow Dyersville residents are closely examining the plans.

"They're being cautious for plenty of reasons. However, I think in the backs of their minds they do want to see success," he said. "I think a lot of people are going to have a cautious look at this until it shows that it is a success."

The developers are on track to close on the deal late this summer.

On Monday, the plans face Dyersville's Planning and Zoning Commission. The prospective developers hope to change the zoning from agricultural to commercial.

Council members voted earlier this month to annex the Field of Dreams property into the city of Dyersville.

For more information on All-Star Ballpark Heaven, click HERE.

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