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LTE: Concerned by Stadium at One Loudoun

One resident is 'disillusioned' by move of baseball park; Potomac Greens sets Oct. 11 meeting.

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

Jean Beres
Potomac Greens

Mitch Steele October 16, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Welcome to Loudoun County where the developers determine your quality of life not your elected officials.
Dee Walsh November 04, 2012 at 12:14 AM
I'm sure the folks sitting in bumper-bumper traffic coming home from work on Route 7 will be thrilled that they may expect even more traffic around game time.
Jim O'Neill November 04, 2012 at 01:13 AM
The stadium holds 5500 baseball seats or 10'000 rock concert seats. I'm all for the stadium, but not in my quiet backyard. Put it originally planned
Jim November 04, 2012 at 01:47 AM
I'm all for the stadium at the old location or the new one. Actually the new one will be much closer to my backyard than the old location- I love it! I'm not worried about special event traffic- there will be alternate routes and honestly, we're talking about maybe 3,000 cars- I've seen more than that at a Wal-Mart. Noise and lights? Not enough to keep people awake all night and it will be contained in the stadium. I am just excited to see something different coming to LoCo- not just another strip mall with empty store fronts!
Martha November 04, 2012 at 11:26 AM
My home is far enough away that I don't think I will be impacted by the noise and the lights, although my friends certainly will be. I am very concerned about the additional traffic -- this traffic won't be spread out over the course of the day the way residential and retail traffic are, it will be concentrated at certain times. The impact, especially when an event is over, will probably be very unpleasant. The supervisors need to have studies done before they approve this change.
Dylan M. November 04, 2012 at 08:56 PM
I'm shocked at all the negative comments in regards to the stadium. If you take the time to look at where the stadium will be placed in the development site you will see its in the farthest possible location from any residential units. The ballpark will also be separated from residential areas by a 1/2 mile of buildings, roads, and other buffers that will help with any noise issue people may have....which should be none at all! It would be a shame if a bunch NIMBY's ruin something that the majority of this area wants and supports. See the good not the bad!
John November 05, 2012 at 02:57 PM
I can't wait for the ball park to be built and I'm thrilled it is at One Loudoun and not Kincora. The word on the street is that Kincora has no money and will never be able to develop what they promised. I live in Ashburn Village adjacent to Potomac Green and I'm looking forward to being able to walk or bike to the park!

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