Parks commissioners in Hillsboro decided Tuesday to cover some unexpected cost overruns for a minor league baseball stadium that’s under construction. The ballpark is expected to be complete by mid-June, in time for the Hillsboro Hops’ first home game.
Commissioners approved spending $350,000 in system development charges – fees charged to developers – to cover the shortfall.
Mary Loftin, a spokeswoman for Hillsboro Parks and Recreation, said there were several unanticipated costs on the project.
“We came across a couple things early on – such as the presence of some unstable soils that had to be removed,” she said. “These were unexpected costs that came up. Since then, we’ve actually discovered there were a few things that we needed to take into consideration.”
Loftin said one of those additions is a safety net to keep fly balls from hitting people or cars along a street near the stadium.