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Pictures emerge of ballpark as state approves design

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More pictures emerged Monday afternoon of what the new minor league ballpark development for the Nashville Sounds will likely look like.

The renderings were released at meeting of the State Building Commission which needed to sign off on the overall design of the $150 million public private project.

The state is giving land to Metro for part of the ballpark site in exchange for a $23 million payment to build two parking garage facilities near the stadium.

Part of the land now is parking for state workers.

The Building Commission gave its approval to the design after hearing the look "will be compatible" with the state's nearby BiCentennial Mall and proposed library and archives building.

A representative of the Embrey Development Corp. detailed its plans before the commission as well.

Property tax from the four story $37 million residential development, along with a second $50 million, mixed-used development from the Sounds will help pay off bonds that will fund the stadium.

The Sounds have not yet detailed their plans for the development.

After the state gave its design approval, Ron Gobbell the project manager told News 2, the stadium is likely looking at a "late January or early February" groundbreaking.

The ballpark is expected to be finished by April of 2015.

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