An amended agreement between the City of Bellevue and World Baseball Village, LLC, forgives a $65,000 payment that was due March 1 in return for a series of improvements to the property that must be made by June 30 or Dec. 15.
It also extends the contract between the city and the complex by five years to June 1, 2021.
The village, located along Harlan Lewis Road, has struggled financially since its creation in 2010 on the strength of a $4.5 million bond issue backed by the city, a sum which represented the bulk of the 87-acre complex’s $6.5 million construction cost.
The pressure has not entirely been removed for the immediate future.
Managers face a June 1 deadline to make a $288,750 payment to the city, all while making the improvements that will allow them to escape the $65,000 bill due that was due March 1.
Improvements to be made by June 30 are parking lot striping, repair of parking lot lights, renovations of bleacher covers, rehabilitation of the infield, repair or replacement of Bollard lights, updating the scoreboard and PA system and repairs to the irrigation system.
Improvements to be made by Dec. 15 include outfield screening, repair or replacement of batting cage netting, back stop netting, back stop padding and construction of a 400-square-foot equipment shed.
The duration of the amended contract calls for the baseball village to pay the city $250,000 on June 1 of every year through 2021.
City Council members voted 6-0 to approve the amended contract after City Attorney Patrick Sullivan told them World Baseball Village continued to struggle to meet its financial obligations to the city and the contract extension made “the best of a bad situation.”