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PawSox owners say they’d consider buying land for Providence ballpark

An architectural rendering of the PawSox' proposed multi-use ballpark in Providence, located on former highway land now owned by the state and Brown University.
An architectural rendering of the PawSox' proposed multi-use ballpark in Providence, located on former highway land now owned by the state and Brown University.DAIQ

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Pawtucket Red Sox’s new owners said they’d consider buying the state land where they want to build a new ballpark in downtown Providence.

In the letter Saturday to Governor Gina Raimondo, principal owner James Skeffington also says he and Boston Red Sox president and chief executive Larry Lucchino, managing partners of the PawSox, want to meet with her soon. A spokesman for Raimondo tells The Providence Journal she’s interested in meeting.

The proposed ballpark for the Boston Red Sox’s Triple A affiliate would sit on former highway land owned by the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission, which plans a public meeting Monday with state officials.

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The PawSox say the ballpark would generate $12.3 million annually for the city and the state. They have proposed leasing the land, and said they’d seek about $120 million in public aid over 30 years.