By: Christine Souders
St. Ambrose University's plans for a possible new stadium has some nearby residents upset.
But the college is working with them to find common ground.
Friday night, St. Ambrose officials held a neighborhood meeting to go over a revised plan to address some worries about the project.
The college wants to build an athletic complex next to Assumption High School, but after speaking with neighbors near the location, officials changed the original plans to build a 5,000 seat stadium, to 2,500.
"Based on feedback we got from the neighbors, we understand there was concern about a stadium of that size in the neighborhood," said Mike Poster, VP of Finance at St. Ambrose.
Currently, athletes practice and play in different locations throughout the Quad Cities.
"Having athletic facilities for our athletes and having recreation for just students is very important, especially was we continued to compete with other colleges and universities for students," said Poster.
"We're not against Ambrose, we're just against the stadium," said Jacques Anderson, who lives a block from where the private university plans to build fields, as well as a 400 meter track.
"It's going to be exceptionally loud, and the traffic anyway when Assumption has something going on is quite a bit, and so I can imagine the number of people from Ambrose," said Anderson.
But some neighbors are open to the idea.
"Letting everyone in the neighborhood hear what that impact will be, and then we can make a final thought on how they've attempted to mitigate the impact on us," said Steven Fish, neighborhood resident.
A time frame has not been set, but St. Ambrose plans to meet with neighbors in the coming weeks to get more input.
When the final blueprints are drawn up, the City's Planning and Zoning Commission will also look at it.