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LTE: Approve One Loudoun Stadium

One Potomac Green resident welcomes the proposed minor league ballpark.

Dear Editor:

Opposition to locating the Hounds stadium at One Loudoun from some residents of the over-55 Potomac Green community is based on unrealistic expectations and demands for idyllic rural tranquility.

Potomac Green residents chose homes there knowing full well that Loudoun County is a booming place, and that the adjacent One Loudoun development – with or without a stadium – would add congestion and bustle to the area, along with many conveniences. The sound and congestion issues would be no less for Potomac Green if the stadium were located at nearby Kincora as originally planned.

Residents already routinely "filter out" Dulles air traffic noise that is more constant and severe than any [noise a] stadium would conceivably generate. With reasonable limits on sound levels and hours of operation, a stadium at One Loudoun would add new life, entertainment and economic activity benefiting county residents of all ages. The Loudoun Board of Supervisors should approve the necessary rezoning.

Roger Majak
Potomac Green

Bobbie Johnson November 19, 2012 at 11:38 AM
I have lived in Loudoun since 1977 and am a current resident of Potomac Green. I welcome the Hounds to One Loudoun.I too agree with Mr Malak that the addition of the stadium to One Loudoun is beneficial to this county and its citizens. One Loudoun has changed the orientation of the stadium to deflect the noise. Surrounding buildings will block any excess light coming from night events. They are adding roads to help ease the traffic. Loudoun County is one of the fastest growing in the nation and has been for several years. We will continue to add thousands of people each year. The stadium will bring in revenue which will help maintain the infrastructure, provide services and maintain the quality of life we expect here through broadening the tax base therefore easing the burden on homeowners and their property taxes. Bobbie Johnson Potomac Green
Roger Marcum November 19, 2012 at 11:39 AM
Agree 100%. I, too, am a PG resident and welcome the stadium. If peace and quiet is of the utmost importance to the residents of PG, then why "retire" to one of the busiest, fastest growing counties in the country, 5 minutes from an international airport? We need to get this approved and move forward.
Linda Downer November 19, 2012 at 01:40 PM
I live in Potomac Green, and my husband and I fully support the stadium at One Loudoun and look forward to the Loudoun Hounds first ball game!
Daniel Davies November 19, 2012 at 03:01 PM
One Loudoun should build the Rt. 7 interchange at Ashburn Villiage Blvd. that they proffered before they build this stadium.
Cathey Daugherty November 19, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Initially, One Loudoun was slated to be a Town Center much like Reston Town Center, which was acceptable. I oppose the location of the stadium. The stadium should either return to its original location in the Kincora development or a more suitable site in Loudoun County far away from established neighborhoods. The proposed location at Route 7 Harry Byrd Highway and Loudoun County Parkway combined with the lack of access to mass transit, traffic gridlock, security, safety, and close proximity of established neighborhoods make the location in One Loudoun unsuitable for such a facility. If the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors approves the rezoning request, their action will drastically affect the quality of life for residents and commuters along the Route 7 corridor. As you know Route 7 is our only East – West commute route, not only for residents of Loudoun County, but also commuters from Maryland and West Virginia. The only alternative route is the Dulles Greenway Toll Road with its outrageous toll fees. The Route 7 traffic is already at a gridlock point. There are six 55+ communities (Potomac Green is one of them), the Ashbrook Community, and an elementary school within close proximity of the proposed stadium location. Our concerns, to name a few, are greatly increased traffic, unacceptable noise for established neighborhoods, safety, the ability of first responders to reach their destinations quickly, and crime. Cathey Daugherty Potomac Green
SeasonedCitizen November 20, 2012 at 02:29 AM
There were over 250 at the meeting, I counted 12 who wore badges which seemed to disappear as the night wore on. None of the "supporters" got up to speak. Roger, your entertainment should not come at the expense of the rest of your neighbors peace or ability to enjoy their neighborhood or homes. Quit being selfish and think about them for a minute. Excellent information available at www.nostadiumon7.org, Leesburg Today also published an article at http://www.leesburgtoday.com/news/neighbors-mount-opposition-to-new-stadium-plan/article_57b8239c-3242-11e2-ac30-0019bb2963f4.html
Web Junkyy November 20, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Obviously there are people who have never lived adjacent to a continuous bombardment of high decibel noise from concerts and fireworks till the wee hours of the night. There is a huge difference between the hustle and bustle of a growing town center, 30 seconds of jet noise flying overhead verses what is being planned for this arena. Some people can just up and move. Some older folks will not be able to do so. How sad no one cares about their peace. Be careful what you wish for my grandmother always told us. You just might get it.
Bob Teeter November 20, 2012 at 02:22 PM
"Bombardment" is ridiculous. "Wee hours" is ridiculous. The impacts are being significantly overstated and speculative. The stadium was just a mile to the east and these issues weren't such a burden. There seem to be a lot of other people with other axes to grind looking at the internet chatter and copying of stories in multiple places.
Roger Majak November 21, 2012 at 05:04 PM
I have no doubt that the burdens claimed by neighbors who oppose the Stadium are sincere and well-intentioned. I also believe, however, they are exaggerated and alarmist. We all chose to live in a busy urban area where it is unrealistic to expect no traffic or the other little inconveniences that come with relatively dense population and development. So who's being "selfish" here? RM
Bobbie Johnson November 21, 2012 at 07:44 PM
I was wearing one of the badges and I did speak.
SeasonedCitizen November 21, 2012 at 08:30 PM
The location at Kincora was more than a mile and a half from the front gate of Potomac Green. There was also a tremendous amount of natural buffer left intact at that location because of the river and bird colony as well as a major topography difference. There will be no buffer between Potomac Green and the stadium, the BOS has struck that requirement from the Comprehensive Plan. Be informed and read it for yourself, this is not a "copy and past" Bob. Bobbie, if you got up to speak in favor of moving the stadium can you please repeat what you said here? I will be the first to admit that three hours was a long time to sit and I may have missed what you said. Roger, no disrespect here but you are the biggest cheerleader in Potomac Green for the relocation. I am wondering if you were the gentlemen with the Hounds "Ambassador" shirt on. It would be nice to see a direct response from the supporters in the community for once, Please address how your personal desire for entertainment should come at the expense of your neighbors right to enjoy their home in peace. I have met with neighbors along the backside of the community nearest the stadium who are at the point of tears over this. What do you say to them, that their "fears" are "sincere" and "well-intentioned"? Farren and his associates gave over $69K to the BOS, a tidy sum for a local election. The residents at Potomac Green don't have that kind of access to the BOS.
Roger Majak November 24, 2012 at 09:23 PM
So let me see if I understand this. Because we over-55ers who bought homes in Potomac Green which, at the time, was mostly surrounded by trees and empty fields, nothing is ever supposed to change around us. No changes in development plans, or traffic, or (I suppose) even Dulles flight schedules. Nothing within earshot of daily driving that will inconvenience us in the slightest way. Funny. I've searched through my deed and home purchase documents looking for such a guarantee, and I don't find one. As over-55ers we should have enough experience to know that the world doesn't work that way. And certainly a place like Loudoun County doesn't work that way. As one of the wealthiest counties in the State, if not the nation, Loudoun has a growing population and (therefore) demand for entertainment and other amenities. The vast majority of that population consists of younger people with families. So who is actually being "selfish," as the opponents of the stadium at One Loudoun have charged the supporters, for demanding total insulation from the world outside the borders of Potomac Green?
SeasonedCitizen November 24, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Funny choice of words Roger, and again you fail to answer the question of how your desire to be entertained supersedes my right to peace and privacy. You are also completely ignoring the fact that we were told one thing and now the BOS is working to completely change the language of the Comprehensive Plan (mostly by striking out entire sections) to rezone One Loudoun to make it into an entertainment "destination". If you recall you had to sign a waiver for the flight path noise, so yes, we were fully aware and educated on that before purchasing. If a plan isn't worth the paper it is written on then it isn't worth much at all is it. You are also ignoring the shady deals behind the stadium. If you were at the town hall meeting nobody said that they were opposed to having a stadium in Loudoun County, heck we even asked if they could just put it back over at Kincora.
Bobbie Johnson November 25, 2012 at 07:00 PM
I supported the stadium as a means of bringing in revenue to continue to provide the services required by a growing county without placing additional taxes on personal property such as our homes. For the last 35 years, and probably longer before I got here, the bulk of the budget revenues has come from home owners. Corporations were proffered years of tax free residency to entice them here. Many came, paid no taxes or very little, and then left before their "time" was up. We need things that will add to our revenue base and I truly believe the stadium will do so.
SeasonedCitizen November 26, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Unfortunately Bobbie if the BOS gets what they want the "revenue" from the stadium won't be going back into the County but will instead be heading straight for the developer and stadium owner's bank accounts (Link: http://nostadiumon7.org/?p=68) and the primary source: http://m.leesburgtoday.com/mobile/news/river-crossing-stadium-taxes-greenway-tolls-top-general-assembly-list/article_cd4b135a-fe74-11e1-93c6-001a4bcf887a.html
Todd December 04, 2012 at 07:41 PM
I don't see the Potomac Green residents complaining about the elementary school built adjacent to the housing development five years ago. I don't hear the residents complaining about the sea of new Single Family Homes and Townhomes being built adjacent to Potomac Green. The congestion from these 3 new developments far exceed what a new stadium will produce when it is built and when they have scheduled events. I support the stadium and think it will be a good revenue stream for the county and will benefit all residents of Loudoun County and the surrounding localities.
SeasonedCitizen December 04, 2012 at 08:38 PM
What revenue Todd? You evidently haven't been following the issue very closely. The ticket tax will go to pay the developers and investors back, not back in to county infrastructure. You must have also missed the fact that if you are a homeowner in Loudoun the assessed rates on your home will go up to pay for the road infrastructure in Kincora and no doubt the yet to be built overpasses on Route 7. Stadium traffic and office/school/residential traffic is not the same. If you have ever been to a stadium or a concert you know this for a fact.

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