One Loudoun has worked a deal with the owners of the planned Hounds stadium so that the area that was to be part of a "Town Center" with shops, restaurants, a Central Park and many office buildings including the World Trade Center can be rezoned to build a baseball stadium that can accommodate up to 10,000 spectators.
This stadium was approved three years ago for the Kincora development, closer to the Dulles Town Center. Now they will move to the middle of a developed and rapidly developing residential neighborhood. Once the Board of Supervisors approves the rezoning then the deal is complete. The original plan for a "Reston Town Center" is a plan that attracted thousands to the area around the intersection of Route 7 and Loudoun County Parkway. This plan will now be greatly modified and will focus on the stadium, parking and stadium management thus ousting some retail shops and businesses.
One large community (we are 1,000 homes and growing), Potomac Greens, for active adults 55+ will be largely impacted. The impact may or may not include illumination, noise that exceeds ordinances, safety and traffic. Some are very excited about being able to take their grandchildren to the ball game. But this stadium will be host to various other events, soccer, festivals and concerts all of which may be able to produce negative acoustic effects until 11 p.m. according to what I have read.
Many of the 1,000 residents of the senior community are concerned about traffic and noise. There is no discusssion yet of unbiased impact studies, and certainly no concern for the potential annoyance of noise for seniors living withing 1/2 mile. In addition, One Loudoun is slapping up houses every day faster than I can cook a meal. These buyers are not being told (I visited the models last weekend to witness this) that there will be a stadium with 5,000 cars using their roads before and after each event. These buyers have children and there is an elementary school a few blocks away.
I am new to Loudoun and very disillusioned after only three months that the county supervisors have no concern for the quality of life of both their senior citizens as well as the safety of their children. It would appear that the only goal is financial. If this is the face of Loudoun, I am not impressed. Meanwhile the traffic on Route 7 seems to get worse every day with no relief in site. Now we are adding another stream of traffic to the mix.
Our Potomac Greens Community is hosting an event for residents who may have questions for One Loudoun and the Hounds regarding the stadium at it's community center Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m. Unless residents happened to see the articles in the the Ashburn Patch or the Loudoun Times, they are unaware of the issues that might face them.
I am encouraging anyone living in the area of One Loudoun to voice your opinion to the Board of Supervisors, contact Info is on their website: http://www.loudoun.gov/index.aspx?nid=2178