Board signs off on construction of ballpark, development

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) – The construction of a minor league ball park, hotel, parking garage, office space and other development has been given the green light by a Massachusetts city planning board.

The Telegram & Gazette reports that the Worcester Planning Board voted Wednesday to give definitive site approval to the Polar Park project and associated private development.

The Worcester Redevelopment Authority is overseeing construction of the ballpark and a municipal parking garage, and Madison WG Holdings LLC is doing the private development.

The ballpark will be home to the Boston Red Sox Triple-A affiliate, currently located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

To meet deadlines to get the ballpark open by 2021, the city will be approving development in phases and will approve details like landscape, lighting and architectural elements at a later date.