MINT HILL – Mint Hill voters rejected two bond proposals that would have built a baseball stadium, athletic fields and a cultural center at Bain Academy on Nov. 6. Both bonds totaled $18 million and both were defeated by 53 percent to 47 percent.
The $15 million Parks and Recreation Bond was defeated 5,733 to 5,081. The bond would have funded the construction of a 2,500-seat baseball stadium at Veteran’s Memorial Park and multi-use athletic fields, a playground and a walking trail for an Athletic Park on Brief Road.
The $3 million Public Facility Bond that would have renovated Bain Academy went down 5,625 to 5,085.
The proposed Athletic Park on Brief Road would have been a multi-use facility with four fields that would have been used for soccer, football, field hockey, lacrosse and other sports. One of the fields would have featured a synthetic turf field with lights. There also would have been picnic shelters and rest rooms at the park.
The Public Facility Bond would have been used for a Cultural Arts Center at Historic Bain Academy. Under the proposal, the building and its auditorium would be renovated and it would have been used for such cultural events as theater productions, art gallery events, fashion shows, craft shows, family events, seminars and weddings and reunions.
“This was our one chance,” said Carol Timblin, who helped lead support for renovating Bain Academy. “I guess the town will now have to make a decision on what to do. They could do something in spite of the election or they could just respect the election.”