Soccer Stadium Plans Amended Over Concerns About Displacement in Cincinnati

Planning Commissioners in Cincinnati talked a lot about the severed trust between the city, residents, and the Major League Soccer team FC Cincinnati at a hearing last week.
May 12, 2019, 7am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"The Cincinnati Planning Commission on Friday unanimously approved changes needed for FC Cincinnati to build its West End stadium, but the club reduced the plan’s scope again amid a tongue-lashing from commissioners over the uncertain fate of residents living nearby," reports Chris Wetterich.

The controversy over the proposed stadium stems from concerns about displacement from buildings purchased by the team for the project. The decision to amend the project came after a heated, three-hour public hearing on the project.

"The team severed a spur on Central Avenue from its request after commissioners said they were not satisfied with the status of residents living in buildings at 421 Wade St. and 1559 Central Ave. who have been told they must leave by May 31," according to Wetterich.

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Published on Friday, May 10, 2019 in Cincinnati Business Courier
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