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WALL AVENUE SITE THE FAVORITE FOR PROPOSED RAPTORS’ STADIUM

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The northeast corner of Wall Avenue and 23rd Street is emerging as the favorite among four sites outlined this week for a proposed downtown baseball stadium.

The stadium would be home to the minor-league Ogden Raptors, who have been playing at Serge Simmons Field. City officials have wanted a downtown ball park and have paid architects $28,000 to outline the best sites.Those preliminary concepts were laid out on Thursday.

City officials expressed the most interest in the Wall Avenue site because it faces Ben Lomond Peak, draws on Ogden's railroad heritage and leaves intact much of the historic Ogden Iron Works.

"It's the first among equals," said Mayor Glenn Mecham.

Raptors officials also supported the proposal.

"It literally makes me speechless," said Raptors President David Baggott. "It's a brilliant design concept and achieves the goal of having a ball park downtown.

But 73-year-old Elgin "Eddie" Stegen said the city should be prepared to pay for his business to relocate if that site is chosen.

Mecham said he and his staff will study the architects' concepts and make a recommendation to the city council, first at a work session and then at a formal meeting Sept. 6.

The other proposed sites under consideration include:

-The Iron Works site, which the city owns between 23rd and 24th streets and Lincoln and Grant avenues.

-The site of the vacant Ernst building in the Ogden City Plaza. The theaters and Burger King would remain standing east of the stadium.

-The northeast corner of Wall and 24th Street, next to the 24th Street Viaduct.

Once the council approves a site and stadium concept, fund-raising would begin with the goal of opening the stadium for the Ogden Raptors in 1995 or 1996.