December 5, 2012 – Are you as surprised as I about plans by developers to re-locate a planned minor league baseball stadium to the southwest corner of Leesburg Pike and the Loudoun County Parkway?
It would be a defining feature of the “One Loudoun” town center development (proposed, at left) that once envisioned something similar to the Reston Town Center. To some of my clients, it just about destroys the very concept of a town center. Others say ‘bring it on!’
What do you think?
Residents of the nearby Potomac Green neighborhood have organized “No Stadium on 7″ to take on the project which may include a soccer stadium. At the same time, several area residents are looking forward to that location hosting a minor league team, the Hounds.
According to this report Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 in The Washington Post, the stadium would replace an office building and move from its originally-planned location as the centerpiece of the Kincora Village Center on Route 28. that is where the Loudoun Board of Supervisors first approved the stadium in 2009.
The would-be owner and operator of the stadium, VIP Sports and Entertainment, says its committed to being a good community neighbor. We’ll see.
At the center of the emerging debate is Supervisor Shawn Williams, R-Broad Run. Based on the report in the Post, Williams seems poised to support it. If all questions about noise, traffic and lighting can’t be worked out, he said he’ll withdraw that support.
Look for traffic and environmental studies by Friday, Dec. 14. If officials approve, construction could begin very quickly.
Here’s a sample of how each side sees the problem, or the opportunity:
One commenter about the Post’s story, ‘Mammaof4,’ said this:
Won’t the stadium raise property values? Isnt’ the intersection already busy? It’s not like this is going in the middle of a quiet little neighborhood or a thriving forest. I don’t get the opposition. Celebrate it – Loudoun the land of single family house upon single family house is getting some real mixed-use to go with its metro. This is awesome for the community. Time to rally around this and be thankful. If you want quiet, you move out to western LoCo away from mass transit and major roads.
And then there was the opposite point-of-view from ‘Revo1′:
A stadium is a terrible idea. Where are all these people going to park? Oh, that’s right. In the places where people going to the Alamo Draft House and other more welcome businesses in One Loudoun would be expecting to park. The last thing Loudoun needs is professional sports. It is a joke of the worst sort to say with a straight face that a stadium that can hold 10,000 people (or even 5,500 seated) will cause less traffice than a 4-story office building. STOP THE STADIUM NOW!!!