In a cost-cutting move, the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals have scrapped plans for underground parking at the $160 million spring training stadium they plan to share in West Palm Beach.
Initial plans called for a parking garage for players and team executives beneath the stadium’s concourse on the west side, which will be elevated with concrete stairs for fans to climb to get to the main gates.
“We were going to park cars underneath there because we had this cover,’’ said architect Morris Stein.
“It turns out it will be more expensive to do that, so we got rid of it.’’
Now, the teams will either use that space for storage or they will simply fill in the space with dirt and post-recycled soil that’s currently on the site.
The 160-acre site south of 45th Street between Haverhill Road and Military Trail was used as a landfill from the mid-1950s until about 2000.
The Astros and Nationals hope to break ground by mid-October. They’ll be on a tight schedule to open by January 2017.
The teams are using $113 million in county hotel tax revenue and $50 million in state revenue to help finance the project. They will be responsible for any cost overruns.