SAN RAFAEL --The San Rafael City Council tonight will consider a revised proposal to bring professional minor league baseball to Albert Park for one year.
The council will discuss a downsized plan proposed by Centerfield Partners LLC. If the new plan is approved, a final vote on the one-year-agreement would be held Oct. 3.
The initial proposal to bring a North American League team to San Rafael included expanded seating, renovated bathrooms, new netting, and parking arrangements to accommodate the crowds during the 45-game season that was to start next spring at the 60-year-old park.
San Rafael City Council members and opponents of the proposal balked at the plans. The council said in August it could not approve the proposal without an environmental review.
Dublin-based Centerfield Partners LLC then proposed to use Albert Park "as is," with limited seating expansion and no change to existing perimeter fence lines to avoid a costly and time-consuming environmental review.
The revised proposal includes a one-year, non-exclusive lease starting Sept. 30, 2012. The 45 games would still be played between late May and September, generating an estimated $35,000 in gross revenue for San Rafael.
Centerfield Partners LLC would add 100 field-level seats, but would not add temporary bleachers or increase capacity beyond what is currently and historically permitted, CEO Brian Clark said in a letter to city officials.
The proposal also includes a new backstop net to replace the chicken wire, a new field-level fence in front of the dugouts for player and field seating safety, and a cleanup of the grandstand, dugouts and locker rooms.
Fans would still be able to park for free at the San Rafael Corporate Center, and the team would not use the San Rafael Community Center parking lot.
There would not be music or on-field entertainment after 9 p.m., and a local security firm would be hired to provide security in the parking lot, inside the ballpark and around the park's perimeter.
Centerfield Partners would operate temporary concessions that include beer and wine sales in existing areas within the park's fence line.
Fans would be prohibited from bringing alcohol into the park, and no alcohol would be served after the seventh inning. No one would be served more than two alcoholic drinks at one time, under the revised proposal.
The City Council tonight will have the options of approving the use of the field for one year with a final vote next month; rejecting the revised proposal; or directing city staff to work with Centerfield Partners to amend the revised proposal and return with a final agreement for approval.
If the City Council approves the plan with final vote scheduled for Oct. 3, a City Council subcommittee will hold a community meeting on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the San Rafael Corporate Center to allow residents to comment on conditions they want to see in the final agreement.
The City Council meeting tonight is at 8 p.m. at City Hall 1400 Fifth Ave., San Rafael.