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New Sheboygan Field of Dreams gets DNR permit

Posted by on September 16, 2015 at 7:47 AM | 0 Comments

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The plan to replace the Field of Dreams once Aurora Health Care builds its new complex is nearing final approvals from the state.

In late August, the Department of Natural Resources and the Army Corps of Engineers both approved general wetland permits for the Sheboygan Area School District's plans to build athletic fields on the parcel just east of the current Field of Dreams site.

The move comes as a result of Aurora Health Care's plans for an $80 million outpatient surgery center on the field's current site. While Aurora received a green light from city officials for its part of the plan, the district still required DNR approval for its construction of replacement fields across the street.

The approval came after the district shortened one of the soccer fields on the parcel, which would hold two baseball fields and two soccer fields. The plan would also include a donation from Aurora to provide lighting for a baseball field and an upgrade to a baseball field at Roosevelt Park. Those changes meant the district was disturbing less than 10,000 square feet of wetlands and could apply for a general permit rather than an individual permit, which requires more scrutiny and takes longer for the DNR to approve.

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