Residents feel shut out of sports complex planning process

By WEEK Producer

Residents feel shut out of sports complex planning process

December 20, 2013 Updated Dec 20, 2013 at 6:48 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The Louisville Slugger sports complex may come sooner than expected and some Peoria residents feel shut out.

The 125,000 square foot project would include a massive dome, ten baseball diamonds and a hotel.

It would be located directly behind the Carmike Cinemas and Apartments at Grand Prairie.

Some residents criticize they did not have enough say in the project's preliminary brainstorming.

Nick Hayward is with the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission. He said community involvement in the brainstorming of a large project like this is crucial.

"If stakeholders are not given an opportunity to be in that planning process, it's more likely that stake holder may not be interested in that process and may not support that final plan,” he said. “So it's important to provide information to neighboring property owners so that they can identify potential concerns."

Hayward said traffic, noise and storm water drain impacts are some of those concerns.

The Planning and Zoning Commission will vote on the project's approval on January 15.

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