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Judge backs City of Dyersville in Field of Dreams rezoning case

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DYERSVILLE (KWWL) - An Iowa district judge ruled that the City of Dyersville did follow proper procedure when they rezoned land near the Field of Dreams movie site to make way for a news sports complex.

Judge Thomas Bitter officially handed down his decision last Thursday.

In his 26-page decision, he said, "Without question, the decision to rezone the property was fairly debatable, fairly debated, and made reasonably."

He also said that, while members of the city council did say that the complex would be great for the city, it appeared that they kept an open mind and "gave ample opportunity for all voices to be heard."

All Star Ballpark Heaven is slated to be a youth ballfield facility, touting 24 baseball and softball fields, and a minor league stadium.

The complex is set to be built behind the original movie site, leaving the movie site virtually untouched.

"We are very excited to see the decision come down," said Karla Thompson, executive director of the Dyersville Area Chamber of Commerce. "This project means a tremendous amount of growth and potential for the city of Dyersville."

In a written statement given to KWWL, Denise Stillman, President and CEO of Go the Distance Baseball, the group that owns the Field of Dreams, said, "We are pleased with the judge's decision and look forward to working the neighbors as we make progress in Dyersville."

KWWL's multiple attempts to reach Susan Hess, the attorney for the Residential and Agricultural Advisory Committee, were unsuccessful. But Hess did tell TH Media that the group is disappointed in the decision, and they do plan to appeal.
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