RICHMOND – Residents aren't cheering about the latest proposal being kicked around for the aging City Stadium.
A number of recommendations have been on table to redevelop this property. Some ideas include a mixture of apartments and new housing.
The City Stadium Task Force organized a panel with people from all over region and asked for their opinions on the next step to take with this property. The panel suggested the best use of this property would be to build new housing and apartments.
Eldon Smith has lived right across the street from city stadium for the past 20 years - and he's not in favor of changing the landscape.
"I wouldn't suggest apartments," he says. "I would like to keep it just how it is for the sports events."
City Stadium is home for the Richmond Kickers soccer team.
Councilman Parker Algelasto is a member of the stadium task force and points out no decision has been made.
Currently, the city is conducting two studies on how to enhance the use of this property, including renovations to make it a better sports plex.
"As revitalization as a sports plex… is from the revenue...can it be sustained? That's the big challenge...and how many events do you need to have? What sports do you need to have? Currently, we only have soccer. But what about a professional lacrosse team? Could we have a professional team also play on the same field? What if there were other uses of a soccer field for other teams besides the Kickers?"
The councilman says he's hoping the two studies will be done by December and then the city can move forward to get input from residents.
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