The owner of the Victory Place parcel near Davol Square, JAG Investment Realty, on Tuesday suggested the site as an alternative location for creating a stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox.
"JAG Investment Realty strongly believes that keeping the PawSox in Rhode Island and building a ballpark in Providence is an extremely important endeavor," said a company spokesman, Bill Fischer. "We are also respectful of the new ownership team led by Mr. Skeffington and their current plan and understand our location is not their first choice. That said, we also want it to be known that there is a highly qualified alternate location in Providence in the event that the current site does not meet final approval for any reason."
The PawSox say they remain focused on only one location -- the proposed site on the Providence River made available by the relocation of I-195. Governor Gina Raimondo and other state officials have responded to the team's proposal by calling for a deal more favorable to taxpayers.
Fischer said the attributes of Victory Place include proximity to the highway. "We are well positioned to take advantage of the abundant parking resources in the neighborhood as well as the newly planned parking structures to be built at the Garrahy Judicial Complex and the nursing school at South Street, and the PawSox owners would not have to incur the cost of moving existing utilities,” he added.
According to Fischer, JAG Investment Realty engaged the nationally known architecture firm Perkins+Will to create renderings of what the site would look like if a 10,000-seat multi-use ballpark were to be located on the property and to ensure the site could house such a facility.
Principals at Perkins+Will designed the Triple-A ballpark for the Durham Bulls in Durham, North Carolina, he said. The eight-acre parcel (including Coletta’s towing and Topps Electric, as currently drawn) was the home of the former manufacturer Victory Plating. The property is bordered by Point Street, Hospital Street, Eddy Street, Richmond Street and Globe Street.
The principal of JAG is local businessman Richard Gudoian Jr.
In 2011, the Providence Journal reported Gudoian, a former owner of auto dealerships, was attempting to establish a research office campus near the site he's now suggesting for a ballpark.