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Saturday, December 01, 2012

WaPo: A baseball-soccer stadium suddenly shifts location in Loudoun

Business is business, even at the indy-ball level:

When Loudoun County agreed in 2009, after much study and negotiation, to allow a minor league baseball stadium to be built, it was carefully situated along Route 28 in Ashburn near the intersection with Route 7. No neighborhoods too close, part of a gradual mixed-use development, general acceptance all around.

Suddenly in October, the planned Loudoun Hounds baseball team shifted their proposed stadium location about a mile west, to the corner of Loudoun County Parkway and Route 7, now six-tenths of a mile from several large Ashburn neighborhoods. The residents were stunned. Fearful of the traffic, the noise, the lights and many other effects of a new stadium in their midst, they are rapidly organizing opposition to placing a 5,500-seat ballpark, with room for another 4,500 standing, in the nascent One Loudoun office-retail-entertainment development. They’re calling themselves “No Stadium on 7.”

HT to Lisa Winston.

Mike Emeigh Posted: December 01, 2012 at 10:48 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Colonel Samuel B. Sternwheeler Posted: December 01, 2012 at 11:09 AM (#4314015)
Yep, just what we need here in eastern Loudoun - more traffic and congestion.
   2. The District Attorney Posted: December 01, 2012 at 11:34 AM (#4314029)
Is baseball-soccer like BASEketball?
   3. Leroy Kincaid Posted: December 01, 2012 at 11:44 AM (#4314033)
Is that some cockney phonetic spelling?
   4. OsunaSakata Posted: December 01, 2012 at 03:41 PM (#4314127)
   5. RMc Has Bizarre Ideas to Fix Baseball Posted: December 02, 2012 at 07:06 AM (#4314451)
They’re calling themselves “No Stadium on 7.”

Yep, just what we need here in eastern Loudoun - more traffic and congestion.


Why is it that when anybody wants to build anything, the locals treat it as if it were a combination strip joint/anthrax factory? I mean, it's a ballpark. They play baseball in ballparks. This is a good thing, yes?

   6. Flynn Posted: December 02, 2012 at 07:22 AM (#4314452)
What locals? Most people in Loudon county are like the 'native Hawaiians' in South Park.
   7. bfan Posted: December 02, 2012 at 09:11 AM (#4314475)
he locals treat it as if it were a combination strip joint/anthrax factory? I mean, it's a ballpark.


My experience with NIMBY's is that their desire for no change is universal and all-encompassing; they would claim a nunnery would have too much potential for night-time noise and attraction of undesirables into the neighborhood.
   8. Der-K: downgraded to lurker Posted: December 02, 2012 at 09:28 AM (#4314488)
i agree, bfan - drives me nuts. isn't this what blocked (recently approved) expansion of the metro into the county?
having said that, their traffic does suck.
   9. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: December 02, 2012 at 11:29 AM (#4314537)
Well there's certainly no way that expanding public transportation into an area would have a positive impact on whether the traffic sucks.
   10. McCoy Posted: December 02, 2012 at 12:00 PM (#4314549)
Either way traffic would suck. Too many people living in too small of a space. You're not going to take the metro to go to McDonalds.

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