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One Loudoun Ballpark Panned at Town Hall

Concerns continue to come from residents living in nearby communities.

During County Chairman Scott K. York’s (R-At Large) town hall Tuesday, several residents raised concerns about the proposed stadium at One Loudoun.

Opinions about the move of the stadium from Kincora to One Loudoun – which requires land use changes now under expedited review – have been mixed, with recent letters for and against (here, here and here). But many doubters have criticized the move and wonder what impact it will have on their communities because of increased noise and traffic, among other things.

“My neighbors and I are big baseball fans, but this venue is wrong,” said Potomac Green resident John Gannon. “We’re not crazy about having it in our backyards, not to mention concerts and soccer.”

The stadium would be home to the Loudoun Hounds and an as-yet-unnamed North American Soccer League team. Both hope to begin playing in 2014. In addition, the applicants, Virginia Investment Partnership (VIP), hope to schedule concerts at the ballpark.

One speaker said home plate would be 2,500 feet from his front door.

“It causes me a great deal of concern,” he said.

York told those gathered, most of whom attended the town hall to discuss the investigation of Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling), that the Loudoun Board of Supervisors would not necessarily approved all of the requested stadium uses.

Another residents questioned campaign contributions supervisors have received from individuals within VIP.

“It goes to the appearance of conflict,” he said.

When York explained that he was fully compliant with campaign finance law, which restricts elected from accepting donations from applicants within 12 months of a proposed project, another speaker who works with the federal government suggested a higher standard.

“Do you think technical compliance with the law is the threshold by which you want to be judged?” he asked.

The stadium cannot move forward unless supervisors sign off on a series of land use changes. Current construction at One Loudoun includes the Alamo Cinema Drafthouse, other commercial buildings and lots of new homes.

Erin November 27, 2012 at 01:40 AM
My hometown in Michigan opened a professional baseball stadium in 2006 that is the same size (~5400) and it has been a great community builder, job and revenue generator, and a lot of fun ever since. We never miss a chance to see a game. When done well, a stadium like this can be a wonderful addition; we just need to ensure that the infrastructure is in place to support it. For a great example check out the Great Lakes Loons.
Lee_S_Burger November 27, 2012 at 12:41 PM
I support the stadium I think it will be good for Loudoun. I agree it will add to the traffic on Rt. 7 but Loudoun needs to have an entertainment venue other than a megaplex movie theater. I used to live in Norfolk and I really enjoyed going to Harbor Park to see the Tides play. Yes it tied up downtown traffic on game nights but only for a short period of time but it was worth it. Bring on the Hounds!
Paul November 27, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Another great thing about retirement, Seasoned Citizen, is that you have the freedom to avoid rt7 during rush hour. If traffic bothers you, seriously, you shouldn't be on rt7 during those peak traffic times, it is bad, and we all know that it will get worse, because there's no way that the state will pay to keep up with the demand. It's not a matter of making a good situation bad, or a not very good situation aweful, just a bad situation to a somewhat more bad situation. in exchange, we get a baseball team, maybe a soccer team, concerts, and other good uses of a small stadium. That's a win. yes, we have a lot of unused office space. I don't understand why. Yes, tysons is right up the road. I work here in loudoun county, and if I were to get a job offer in tysons, my response would be "my salary requirement is $50,000 higher to consider a position in tysons, due to commute issues." I don't want to work there, I don't want to go there. If someone were to offer me $100 to drive to tysons corner mall during rush hour, I wouldn't go. Yes, it's that bad. Last time I had a reason to go there I spent 30 minutes on the off-ramp from the toll road to rt7, and it took me well over an hour to get from the toll road to the mall. Any employer who chooses to locate in that mess is making a terrible decision, and if they are going to make that mistake, I don't want to be part of their other mistakes. $200, still probably not enough to drive into tysons. $250 is where I consider it.
Novamomto3 November 28, 2012 at 03:59 AM
I'm in total agreement with Seasoned Citizen. I'm not against the stadium, but want it to remain in the Kincora location that had a lengthy approval process in place and is building the necessary infrastructure around it to accommodate traffic needs. This appears all too rushed and as such appears to be rather distasteful. Ashbrook Home Owners Association is siding with Potomac Green on this one and protesting this rezoning application.
joe brewer November 28, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Lets hurry up and push HS-6 through also. 200 events on what nice sunny days are you talking about? Going to be a lot of rain outs.

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