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Shelor Motor Mile Owner wants to invest millions in Pulaski

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PULASKI (WSLS) - The owner of Shelor Motor Mile wants to invest $3 million in the town of Pulaski.

$1 million would go toward renovating a historic warehouse and transforming it into a restaurant and retail store on the bottom floor.

The upper floors would be a workout facility and rooms for the Pulaski Mariners.

Shelor is also working with the town to find the right piece of land for a parking lot for the warehouse.

$2 million would go toward renovating Calfee Park, which is the home of the Mariners. 

People who live in the area say it's a staple in the community.

"Calfee Park is an integral part of our community and town. From the time I was knee high to a duck we're talking three, four, five years old I've been to games ever since," Austin Eads who lives in Pulaski said.

Eads thinks it would be a good idea to sell the park to Shelor Motor Mile .

"The money they want to put into this I'm so impressed with their gratitude and decency," Eads said.

The cost to renovate the park is $500,000, which would get it up to minor league standards. It includes new restrooms, showers and a coaches office.

The park was built in 1935 and the last major renovation was in 1999.

David Hagan, who owns Shelor Motor Mile, said he wants to build a new umpire visitor locker room, more parking spots and eventually a jumbotron.

"We hope first of all it will keep minor league baseball in Pulaski, as long as the renovations get done," Hagan said. "We'll be able to fund those and not take it out of the town's budget." 

The town's economic development director said selling the park is a no brainer.

“"As a taxpayer that makes me feel very good, because it takes the burden off my tax dollar that would go to fixing up the park to addressing other important issues the community faces, for example extending broadband," said John White, the Town of Pulaski's Economic Development Director.

The town council will have a public meeting at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday on the sale of Calfee Park.
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