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Neighbors Hear Steps Required For Potential SAU Stadium

Updated: Aug 12, 2013 10:34 PM

 Plans have been in the works for years to build a football stadium and several other athletic fields for Saint Ambrose University. Neighbors opposed to the plan have recently posted signs in their yards saying "no SAU Stadium." 

     City officials say nothing is moving forward at this point but Alderman Ray Ambrose called a public meeting Monday to outline what neighbors can expect if it does. Residents at the meeting came with questions about impacts from light and traffic and concerns about adding to existing sewer issues. They also asked about how nearby property values would be affected.

Though the city has not received any plan from SAU at this point, Davenport Senior Planner Matt Flynn says the steps for the stadium would be similar to what the university went through with the central campus master plan which included the most recent dormitory addition. Flynn describes a Planned Institutional District as a "super rezoning process," where many different factors are considered.

"Light and sound...We'll be looking at traffic generation. How much traffic can be expected," said Flynn.

SAU would be required to have a meeting with the public a couple months before even applying for rezoning and there would be notice given to residents living within 500 feet. After, that there would be public hearings with planning and zoning board and the council.

SAU officials say there is no timeline for  moving forward with their athletic facilities project, but that neighbors will be the first ones to see a final plan.

"I can't tell you how closely we work with the neighborhoods," said Alderman Ray Ambrose."

Regardless of location, some are looking at the benefits of a new facility to the campus and the city. "Maintaining and enhancing their athletic facilities and physical education facilities is important to attracting and maintaining their student base," said Flynn.

Part of the property the university wants to use belongs to Assumption schools. Last fall, the Assumption board of directors voted against a partnership with SAU because not enough details were available. The board has since voted to revisit the proposal for discussion.
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