Cleanup cost at new WPB baseball site estimated at $11 million

Trash mound at the 160-acre site where the Astros and Nationals want to build a new spring training complex

Trash mound at the 160-acre site where the Astros and Nationals want to build a new spring training complex

It will cost the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals about $11 million to remove trash from a former landfill where the teams plan to share a $135 million spring training complex, according to a new Palm Beach County memo.

The cost estimate was included for the first time Tuesday in documents related to a land-swap agreement that will give the county ownership of the 160-acre site, south of 45th Street between Haverhill Road and Military Trail.

The county will give the city of West Palm Beach, which currently owns the baseball site, 1.8 acres of county-owned land downtown.

The City Commission and County Commission will formally vote on the final terms of the land swap in separate meetings in two weeks.

The teams hope to start construction by the middle of October and open the complex by January 2017.

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