Public meeting discusses stadium concerns

Issues with nearby neighborhood

POSTED: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 4:23pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 4:26pm

On Tuesday night, officials from Baylor and the city of Waco hosted a public forum to discuss ongoing plans for the university's new football stadium.

"I don't know if there are any cons. I think the pros are that it's going to bring more people to the downtown area, which is what we need," said Jim Fleshman, director at Cameron Park Zoo.

He's all for the new stadium and what it means to the area.

"For years, everybody has talked about developing the river. This is a huge, major step in developing that, and I think it's going to have a positive impact," said Fleshman. "As the stadium gets built and they have more people coming down for the games, that's just going to put more people in downtown."

More people equals more money- it's fairly simple business logic. But what happens if all that foot traffic crosses your front yard?

Those issues, along with parking, are just a few of the concerns of local resident Carla Dotson.

"This is a direct impact. We're right behind the stadium,' said Dotson.

Carla is president of the Olive Heights Association, a neighborhood in the construction site's backyard.

She's making sure her community has a voice throughout the process.

"This is where we live. This is where I go home each night and lay my head," said Dotson. 

"We've been living there for years. This is my grandma's neighborhood and other people that have been there 30, 40, 50 years. This is their neighborhood too. And so, with this development, it brings change that we want to hear about," said Dotson. 

"It's just a growing process but we want to be a part of whatever that growth is."

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