The proposal for a new NBA Development League arena in Oshkosh has moved forward, with the city’s planning commission signing off on the project.
The vote taken by the planning commission on Tuesday puts Oshkosh and the group Fox Valley Professional Basketball closer to completing the arena development. Under the current proposal, the 3,500-seat arena will be located the site of the former Buckstaff Furniture Building, which is currently being demolished. The venue is slated to cost $15 million and be linked to additional development.
The Oshkosh City Council is the next body that will consider the measure. Officials are conveying some optimism about the project’s potential, but there is a question of whether the Milwaukee Bucks will choose Oshkosh for its D-League franchise. More from Fox 11 News:
“Everyone is so excited, so pumped up about this development that there’s no other way it could go,” said Oshkosh Mayor Steve Cummings.
We reached out to a spokesperson for the Bucks who said the organization still has not officially chosen Oshkosh as the home for the future team. Sheboygan and Racine are also in the running.
“I can’t speak for the Bucks on that. I mean, clearly, we’re in discussions with them. We’re not gonna be doing this unless things are going on,” explained Greg Pierce, the president of Fox Valley Professional Basketball.
“I think they were very impressed by the community and what they saw in the community going on with the redevelopment on the riverfront,” added Cummings.
The Bucks were at one point considering as many as five cities for the franchise. That list of candidates was narrowed to three in September. The timing of when the D-League team will begin play remains uncertain.
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