Grand Slam Home breaks ground in Colleyville

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Grand Slam Home By The Numbers 1,350,000 The price the home is listed at in US dollars. 5,900 The home’s square footage 4 The number of bedrooms, and car ports in the garage. (The home has 4.5 bathrooms) 6217 The home’s address on Westmont Drive in Colleyville.

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A new house in Colleyville aims to provide more than just a home.

On May 11, Cole Luxury Homes broke ground on the Grand Slam Home in the city’s Westmont neighborhood off John McCain Road near Pleasant Run. Proceeds from the sale of the home, which is listed at $1.3 million, will go to the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation, the organization’s philanthropic arm.

Rather than celebrate the start of the project by just turning dirt, a member of the DFW Miracle League — a baseball league for children with disabilities — threw the first pitch to Rangers pitcher Joe Nathan.

Dan Ritcher, a 17-year-old Keller resident, walked out to the makeshift mound on the property. Decked out in a red Rangers T-shirt and matching ball cap, the righty kicked up his camo Crocs and threw a heater to Nathan even though he said he was worried his aim would be off.

Nathan joked that he did not know what to expect without a scouting report, but said Ritcher “fired two strikes and had a little velocity.”

Ritcher said he felt “great” about his pitch as people came and congratulated him on his throw.

The Rangers closer said he was joyed to be part of the celebration.

“I’m just honored to come here and be obviously a very tiny part of the project,” he said. “It’s such a generous donation.”

The Miracle League is one of the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation’s causes. It also provides support for youth health, youth baseball, youth in crisis and youth education.

Cole Luxury Homes, which has offices in Southlake, is building the two-story, 5,900-square-foot Tudor-style home with four bedrooms, four-and-a-half bathrooms, four-car garage, wine gallery, library with fireplace and bar, sunken outdoor courtyard and more.

The company’s CEO, Chuck Cole, said he has wanted to do a charity home for years.

“It’s sort of been a dream of mine,” he said. “Basically this is for the kids.”

Cole, who has built homes in Colleyville in the past, said he considered other beneficiaries, but knew he wanted to give the money to the Rangers Foundation after he saw a Miracle League game played in Arlington.

He hopes to have the home built by the end of February 2014

Other partners include Park Place Dealerships, Designs by K and Heritage Design Studio. Randy White Real Estate Services will represent the home.

White said he hopes to sell the house before its completion, a trend he has seen in Northeast Tarrant.

First National Bank in Southlake Town Square lent the funds for the project, and White said he estimates they will be able to give more than $200,000 to the foundation.

Foundation president Jim Sundberg, a former All-Star catcher for the Rangers, said a few words at the groundbreaking.

“Thanks again for the opportunity to receive these monies,” he said. “We will put it to the greatest use.”

Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770 Twitter: @dussssstin

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