Dyersville city council approves annexation of Field of Dreams

Illinois couple plans to build $38 million ballfield complex

Lauren DeWitt
Published: July 2 2012 | 4:00 pm - Updated: 31 March 2014 | 9:13 pm in
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DYERSVILLE - The Dyersville City Council approved the annexation of the Field of Dreams property, 4 to 1, on Monday night.

The voluntary annexation includes five different property owners, one of which is the Field of Dreams.

These properties will now be part of the City of Dyersville.

This is one of the first of many steps towards The All-Star Ballpark heaven. Go the Distance LLC is headed by Mike and Denise Stillman of suburban Chicago. They want to build what they say will be the Midwest’s largest youth baseball and softball complex, drawing thousands of visitors to the area each summer. Plans call for the $38 million complex to have 24 fields and an indoor training center.

"The annexation leads to the next step, which is rezoning of that property, you can't rezone property that is not in the city. We cannot develop ball fields there if it is not rezoned and the commercial rezoning is what is next." Said Denise Stillman, Founder Go the Distance Baseball.

An attorney from Hammer Simon and Jensen of East Dubuque, was also present at the city council meeting. The attorney spoke on behalf of the concerned citizens of Dyersville requesting a referendum and petitioned the city of Dyersville to hold an election for or against the city of Dyersville annexation plans.

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