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Hiroshima to announce updated proposal for old Hiroshima Stadium

by on Jun.04, 2010 @ 2:12 am, under NPB

Hiroshima mayor Tadatoshi Akiba announced during a press conference on Thursday that the city will be submitting a new proposal on the demolition of old Hiroshima Stadium during the next city council meeting that begins on the 10th.

Costs for taking down the stadium were originally included in a draft budget for the 2010 fiscal year, but the plan was put on hold until the end of July after city residents got together and voiced their dissent on the decision.

With the end of July approaching, it seems the city is back to pushing it's plan forward -- according to the new proposal, the goal will be to start taking down the stadium before the end of the year.

Said Akiba, "It has taken us more than four years to get this project going because we've tried to be mindful of what the citizens want.  We'd like to push forward so [that our development plans for] the area will be complete by the Spring of 2013."

Plans for how the city will use the area were released to the public on Tuesday and include things like Oritsuru Hall (折り鶴ホール) and a fan-shaped open grassy field (for events).

The breakdown of the costs were also outlined as follows:

440M yen to tear down the stadium
1.3B yen to build and maintain the grassy field
1.13B yen to rebuild the Chamber of Commerce
300M yen for the bus terminal
240M yen to save parts of the right field seats
3.4B yen grand total

This page also seems to carry a little more information (in Japanese) about what will go into redeveloping the land where the old stadium currently stands.