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Crane: Astros closing in on new Spring Training facility

Crane: Astros closing in on new Spring Training facility

ARLINGTON -- Astros owner Jim Crane said Monday the team is "pretty far down the line" in its plans to finalize a deal to build a new two-team Spring Training facility near the intersection of Haverhill Road and 45th Street in West Palm Beach, Fla.

The Astros have been trying for more than a year to get a new complex built that it would share with another club, and the team has partnered with the Washington Nationals. The Astros' lease in Kissimmee, Fla., expires at the end of 2016, and the Astros would like to begin construction on a new spring site by January.

"Hopefully by the end of the summer, we have something buttoned up," said Crane, while adding the Palm Beach County commissioners and city officials still have to approve the funding. "The sentiment is positive. They want it there."

The Astros had hoped to build a two-team facility to share with the Blue Jays in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., but that plan fell through following stiff opposition from residents. The team has since explored other options in Palm Beach County -- its preferred location -- and even Arizona.

Brian McTaggart is reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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