In addition, plans are to move the main entrance to the park to line up with Silver Slate Drive and flatten out a rise in the road to improve sightlines.
The cost to make the road improvements are all planned to fall within the cost of the project and widening will occur on the complex side of Charlestown Pike, Lake said. He added that the goal is to have bids out in the spring and be able to begin the road and parking lot construction this summer. Construction would halt for the fall soccer season, then construction would begin in earnest after the season was finished. The hope ultimately is that the construction would then be completed before the following fall soccer season starting Aug. 1, 2014.
But Wenert, whose house lines up with the newly planned entrance, was upset about the lights from the cars that will be shining in her windows as cars pull out of the complex at night. Lake and other planners said the current entrance is improperly located and said any development at the site would require a relocation of the entrance. He added that he would look into potential improvements that could be made to lessen Wenert’s concerns.
Other worries that were offered by neighbors included drainage issues that already exist in the area and safety concerns of having a public park in their back yards.
“I feel comfortable in my neighborhood today,” said Nancy Montgomery. “I’m wondering will I feel comfortable in my neighborhood after all of this takes place?”
When security concerns for the site were proffered, Councilman Matt Owen explained a similar security system to what was approved for Vissing Park would be installed on-site.
And the development on the site is actually expected to improve drainage, planners said. In addition to installing a new retention basin, layers of topsoil would be added to the site to slow water runoff. As it was explained at the meeting the topsoil had previously been stripped for the ramps on Interstate 265 and the hard surface that remained at the soccer complex absorbs very little water.