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Astros near deal for new spring training home, continue efforts to bring Triple-A team to Houston area

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Houston Astros owner Jim Crane said on Monday at his team's annual charity golf tournament that the franchise's efforts to relocate its spring training home from Kissimmee, Fla. to Palm Beach Gardens are "95 percent" complete.

Crane said the Astros are waiting on final approval from city officials.

Crane pointed out that the Astros partner in the project is set.

"The (Toronto) Blue Jays have committed and signed a letter of intent, so we're ready to move forward," said Crane. "That thing should be buttoned up hopefully by the end of October. We'll get that stadium built and it will be a fabulous new facility in Palm Beach Gardens."

Crane also said he remains focused on purchasing a Triple-A team and moving it north of Houston, near Conroe.

He said the Astros have already had an initial conversation with Johnson Development, which is in the process of purchasing Camp Strake and its 2083 acres from the Boy Scouts of America.

"As soon as they get closed, we hope to sit down and try to bang out a deal where we would have some property to build a facility there and eventually put a Triple-A team in there," Crane said.

"It's going to take a while to get all the permits and everything in place. We think it makes long-term sense for the team to have the Triple-A affiliate reasonably close."

Crane said if he is successful in moving a Triple-A team to that location it would be 41 miles from downtown Houston.

Crane said the Astros Foundation Annual Golf Classic, which was held at Shadow Hawk Golf Club in Richmond, is expected to raise between $200,000 and $300,000, with the funds benefiting the Astros Foundation's Urban Youth Academy.

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