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Assumption School Leaders Question Potential SAU Stadium

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     A partnership is once again being explored between two area education institutions. With talks again of a St. Ambrose University football stadium project near Assumption High school in Davenport, like neighbors in that area, school leaders are asking a lot of questions. 
     They say it's something that's been on the radar for a while. Assumption High School President Andrew Craig says at least since the university bought up some land near the high school several years ago. Part of which, Assumption students are currently able to utilize including a softball diamond, soccer field, and another practice field. Craig says everything to the East of the main driveway at Assumption is not owned by the high school. While no set plans are being released just yet school officials have been waiting for details on an SAU development there for a while.
    "Our concerns are much like the neighbors. We're looking for details on lots of different things," said Craig.
     Traffic, light, sound and parking are a few of the things Assumption High School leaders want to know about when considering a potential agreement with the university on a football stadium and other athletic fields in their backyard. Also, how a project like this could impact school operations and the people who live nearby.
     "There are always bonuses and there are always setbacks whenever you do a facilities project. That's what we're trying to look at," added Craig.
     There was a proposal on the table last fall but the Assumption board of directors felt there were more questions than answers.
     "We explored some of the options. At that point we chose not to proceed with that," said Craig.
     School leaders recently voted to reopen talks with the university. Several residents turned out to Monday's board meeting hoping to hear an update, but President Craig told them that at this point the information gathering phase continues.
      "They won't have enough parking there for a stadium and it's going to be right in front of my house," said Barbara Connell who is a former Assumption graduate and has lived in the neighborhood for 45 years.     
     Even though SAU hasn't presented a formal plan at this point, she and others continue to stay on top of the issue.
     "We don't know whether it's going to be an ongoing thing we keep going to meetings and nothing is settled and they finally will settle something," added Connell.
    St. Ambrose University officials say they're taking the process slow and that studies still need to happen, but neighbors will be the first to see a formal plan. Officials also tell us there's no timeline moving forward. They must give neighbors 90 days to digest any proposal before it can apply for a "planned institutional district" with the city.