Developer Has Plans to Build Sports Dome in East Fishkill
EAST FISHKILL, N.Y. – A developer hopes to build an air-supported sports dome at the old IBM site in East Fishkill.
Pound Ridge-based Hopewell Sports Dome Ventures (HSDV) is in the process of finalizing its pitch for the project it wants to bring to the town.
Dan Fraioli, head of HSDV, a subsidiary of Air Structures American Technologies, Inc.,said that the dome would include four official 200-by-200 foot Little League baseball fields, a 40-foot wide concession area and four 100-by-200 foot multi-purpose fields that would all be convertible.
“We want this to happen,” Fraioli said. “Our multi-purpose fields would work for lacrosse, soccer, flag football and other types of turf sports like field hockey,” Fraioli said. “We would be able to have another two baseball diamonds on the multi-purpose fields as well. We want to cater to all sports. One unique feature about this facility is that it would be the only true indoor baseball facility in the area.”
Fraioli said that HSDV has been “aggressively pursuing” East Fishkill as a location for about one year. Original plans called for the facility to be built on the grounds of the East Fishkill Golf Center on Route 52 but when that idea fell through, the old IBM site was targeted.
Fraioli said that HSDV is currently doing its due diligence for the project, which he said would cost between $20 and $25 million and be privately funding. Currently, mooring tests are being done on the site, as well as tests for water, sewer and septic options. Fraioli said that HSDV plans to submit the site as a formal location to the Town Board within 30 to 45 days.
“We decided to stay in East Fishkill because the town and the community in general felt positive about our project,” Fraioli said. “We saw a need here for baseball in the winter months and there really wasn’t a facility to play or practice at without obstructions.”
Fraioli said the group explored different sites in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties and had a strong feeling that the project would be built in Danbury, Conn. but that city didn’t have the land to support the model HSDV wanted to build.
Fraioli said that HSDV would run the dome once it is built, adding that 45 to 55 jobs would be created by it.
“It will take six or seven months to build a dome depending on the time of year and the parallel infrastructure,” Fraioli said. “We want this to happen by the end of 2014. We are being as aggressive as we possibly can be. We were hoping it would be ready by the end of this year but we lost some time as part of the process.”