Warren County delays 1-percent lodgings tax hike
» RELATED: Warren County anxious for land for sports complex
Neighbors predicted traffic, noise and light pollution would follow the park’s development on Greentree Road, a winding two-lane outside Lebanon.
“I’m not sure whose interests are being served. It’s not the local community,” said Nick Sargent, the first in a series of New England Way residents to appeal to the commissioners to relocate the park.
Unless the park plan is in place by Nov. 11, Otterbein would be permitted to build more than 400 homes on the land currently designated for the park and the county would have no land for the sports complex, seen as an engine drawing more tourists to “Ohio’s Largest Playground.”
» RELATED: Sports park previously planned in Lebanon
Officials said the location, split on either side of a Turtlecreek Twp. park, was the one selected by Otterbein, rather than three other locations where the park would be on one piece of land.
» RELATED: Union Village another step closer to reality
In addition to moving the park away from New England Way, Commissioner Dave Young said swapping the park land with the township would also prevent them from having to build two concession stands and rest room facilities, as was planned to serve the current proposed location.
Turtlecreek Twp. Trustee Dan Jones said the trustees would consider the swap.
“I’m not saying this can be pulled off. I think we should explore it,” Young said.
» SOCIAL MEDIA: Follow Lawrence Budd on Twitter
» DOWNLOAD OUR FREE MOBILE APPS FOR THE LATEST BREAKING NEWS