Bowman Field may get upgrades as part of a $2 million refinancing the city administration proposed Tuesday to the city Finance Committee.
The committee, consisting of council members Jonathan Williamson, chairman; Randall J. Allison and Liz Miele, listened to the proposal and forwarded the refinancing package to the full body of council for consideration Thursday night without making a positive or negative recommendation.
Additional discussion to add $500,000 to the package, bringing it to $2.5 million in borrowing, may occur should the proposal gets to a second and final vote by council, according to William E. Nichols Jr., city finance director.
The plan at the park where the Crosscutters single A professional team plays baseball between June and late August is to remove the right-field bleachers and replace them with an entertainment area.
Seating with bar stools, tables and areas where patrons can stand and watch the game would be on one level and the second deck would have a concession and stage area.
"It could be rented out and used for other city events," said Anthony H. Visco, the architect who designed the renovations.
Visco said the proposed entertainment area could accommodate up to 300 people, with a tunnel underneath to reach the dugout.
The stadium has a capacity of 4,200 and this concept would reduce that by 500 people. Cost of the renovations at the stadium were estimated at $350,000, with the Lycoming County Visitors' Bureau providing $50,000, according to Mayor Gabriel J. Campana.
That's an estimate dependent on jobs that require the prevailing wage payment, according to Visco.
Other parts of the refinancing package include $1.1 million toward the completion of the Reach Road reconstruction, $450,000 for upgrades to the city public works building on West Third Street and about $750,000 for renovations at East End Pool in Shaw Place Park.