|COURTESY BRANDON BELLAMY|
|The addition of a $21.5 million, 4,800-seat stadium is the cornerstone of the Franklin Urban Sports and Entertainment District in Gastonia. Brandon Bellamy, owner of the city’s new minor league baseball team, is partnering with the city to develop property in the adjacent area.|
Baseball is Brandon Bellamy’s new business.
Bellamy, a developer and owner of Gastonia’s new minor league club, is a rarity in modern baseball as the only Black person atop a professional franchise. The CEO of Maryland-based Velocity Companies Inc., he’s collaborating with the city on economic development projects near a new 4,800-seat multi-use ballpark that will open in time for the club’s debut next year. Among the projects in the works are residential, retail, hotel, and office space, which city leaders believe could result in $100 million in new investment in the Franklin Urban Sports and Entertainment, or FUSE, District.
According to Baseball America, Bellamy is…