Lynchburg, VA - Concerns and questions over a large area of land slated to be developed into athletic fields in Lynchburg. The property sits on the site of the Presbyterian Homes and Family Services and the Family Alliance, and those that live right near-by are not too fond of what's planned.
So many concerns from many residents of Westminster Canterbury; the two land owners have been neighbors for years, but now with a $12.5 million construction project looming, there's a nasty neighborly dispute.
Say it ain't so for some of the folks at Westminster Canterbury, "Too much traffic for this road" said one woman.
"I'd rather not see things change" said another man.
Their concern is over land butting up to their back yards. It's the future site of a $12.5 million proposal to bring two turf fields, a swimming pool, and gymnasium to the property of Presbyterian Homes and Family Services and the Family Alliance.
"Noise and lights" were a concern for one woman.
For these retirees, football fields and fanfare is a concern that's dulling their golden years.
"That's really beautiful real estate that could be made into homes that would be tax paying" said one resident.
"Recreation has been an ongoing part of our mission from the beginning" said Bob Dendy.
Dendy is Presbyterian Homes and Family Services and the Family Alliance's President. He is attempting to put to rest neighbor's concerns.
"First of all it's not here to make money it's a service for the community and for our collaborative partners. Second, people are very concerned about traffic, we've done a traffic study and we'll continue to do more to make sure it's a safe place for children and families to come in" he said.
On the property of Presbyterian Homes and Family Services, and the Family Alliance, Dendy says there's a commitment to providing safe sources of recreation for the community. Their pool and many athletic facilities are years old, outdated, and in need of upkeep.
"We really do envision this to be a resource for the neighborhood and the community. We want to take our time and get it right but we believe there's a solution that everybody can be happy about" he said.
There will be a city council public hearing on the proposal in January, where folks can discuss their concerns. From there it would have to be approved by council and even then the work won't begin; this is a big project that could require months if not years of fundraising.