Future baseball stadium

PLAY BALL: Walton native Dan McCloskey aided the design for the new Kokomo Municipal Stadium as the project's lead architect. The stadium is expected to open in April 2015.

The City of Kokomo filed a lawsuit Monday against the Indiana Department of Homeland Security Executive Director David Kane and the IDHS in an effort to seek “declarative and injunctive relief” pertaining to the construction of the city’s baseball stadium.

The lawsuit, which was filed in the Marion County Environmental Court, states the IDHS’ refusal to “honor the City’s contractual right to build the facility in accordance with the terms agreed to by the parties” is inhibiting the city’s ability to complete the project.

“We have honored our agreement with IDHS and it is unfortunate that the City of Kokomo has to file this legal action,” said Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight. “Kokomo Municipal Stadium is a catalyst for economic growth. Local high schools and the Prospect League Kokomo Jackrabbits will call it home. It is the center of nearly $40 million in investments, job creation and economic development. IDHS’s actions are big government overreach at its worst.”

The IDHS has previously requested a stoppage of construction on eight parcels of land within the stadium and has given the city a Jan. 27 deadline to correct the construction violations.

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George Myers can be reached at 765-993-4724, by email at george.myers@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @gpmyerskt.

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George Myers covers city and county government. He joined the Kokomo Tribune on November 18, 2014.

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