Senate committee approves subsidies for PawSox stadium

The Pawtucket Red Sox released this rendering of a ballpark at the Apex property on Main Street in Pawtucket.

A deal to keep the PawSox in Pawtucket passed its first legislative hurdle Tuesday.

The Rhode Island Senate Finance Committee voted 10-1 to approve public subsidies that would help fund a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox.

The measures would allow redevelopment agencies to finance the construction of projects for residential, recreational, commercial, industrial, institutional, public or other purposes contemplated by a redevelopment plan.

The state would pay for $23 million of the $83 million stadium.

Democratic Senate Finance Chairman William Conley Jr. introduced the bill to help the Boston Red Sox's Triple-A affiliate when the legislative session began Jan. 2.

Conley, who represents parts of Pawtucket and East Providence, said he's excited for the progress because of the project's importance for Pawtucket and the state.

Conley previously said he expects passage in the Senate and members of the Pawtucket delegation in the House plan to introduce a matching bill in that chamber.

The Senate Finance Committee moved quickly after Governor Charlie Baker announced Massachusetts would also be looking into a bid for the PawSox to move to a new home.

(NBC 10 News contributed to this report.)

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