updated 10/19/2007 6:30:12 PM ET 2007-10-19T22:30:12

The Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy has submitted its proposal to save a portion of the ballpark as the city moves forward with demolition plans for other parts of the aging structure.

Demolition bids for most of the stadium will go out in about two weeks and could be approved in November with actual dismantling the following month, Brian Holdwick said Wednesday.

Holdwick, a vice president of financial services for the Detroit Economic Development Corp., was part of the team reviewing the conservancy's proposal.

"What they presented is consistent with what they were talking about from day one," Holdwick said, adding that it won't stop the city from moving forward with plans to demolish the 95-year-old ballpark.

The nonprofit organization, which counts Hall-of-Fame broadcaster Ernie Harwell as a member, submitted about 200 pages of cost estimates and business plans, project manager Jeff Wattrick said.

The conservancy wants to keep about 3,000 seats from dugout to dugout and the entire infield. The $10 million to $12 million project could be developed into a museum commemorating the city's sports history.

"We included some information about how we are going to get the funding. That's pretty basic in terms of reaching out to corporate donors and foundations," Wattrick said. "They view it as realistic, so long as we can raise the money. With all the bluster about Tiger Stadium, if metro Detroit and baseball fans across the country can't help us come up with that for Tiger Stadium, maybe it's time for it to go."

The conservancy had an Oct. 15 deadline to submit its plans, but Wednesday was the earliest the two sides were able to meet. The next deadline is March 31 when the conservancy must show pledges or commitments for funding.

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