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Procedural Meeting about St Augustine's College proposed 5000 seat stadium

posted Jun 23, 2011, 9:37 AM by Reid Serozi
Written BY Helen Tart

Summary of the Saint Augustine's College presentation on their
proposed 5000 seat stadium on campus at the June North Central CAC

More info on upcoming meetings at the end of the email.

JUNE 28, 2011, 7pm

Representatives of St Augustine's College attended the North Central
CAC Meeting on June 14, 2011. Mark Newman was accompanied by College
attorney Clyde Holt for the meeting. Mark Newman let the neighborhood
know that the new track and football field construction is complete
and Phase I is concluded and added that the track has been built to
international competition standards. They also presented information
on Phase II which is the proposed 5,000 seat stadium. The College has
submitted its Special Use Permit application for the 5,000 with the
City of Raleigh, as of May 26, 2011 and expects to be heard by City
Council at its meeting on July 19, 2011. Mr. Holt has been retained to
aid the College with the Special Use Permit process.

The stadium plan proposes the construction of stadium and/or bleacher
type seating, the removal of trees to create paved and grass surface
parking spaces, 3 driveway entrances on N. State St across from
historic Capital Heights, at Tyler and Van Buren, and Penn streets.
Additionally, the plans show the construction of a new road and
driveway access below the stadium to Glascock St at Bennett St.,
producing a four-way intersection. Additional facilities for lighting
and a sound system are included in the plan. There are outlines in the
plans for new
building construction.

The College plans to use these expanded facilities for St Augustine's
football games and the College's men's and women's track and field
meets, Convocation, Graduation, and other school events. Some events
will be televised. Mr Newman suggested the College would make the
facility available to other organizations such as Special Olympics and
for other events.

In order to proceed, the college must get approval of the Special User
Permit application, for the seating from the City Council and must
also get approval of the site plan from the City Planning Commission.

In 2004, the College applied for a Special Use Permit for a 5,000 seat
stadium and was approved for 2,500 seats after compelling testimony
was prepared and delivered by neighbors who expressed their concerns
on the negative impact such a large facility would have on the
adjacent and surrounding neighbors and neighborhoods. The result was
the reduction to 2,500 seats and some restrictive provisions regarding
the facility’s use.

The College did not proceed with that effort under the 2004 approved
site plan. The Phase I construction just completed by the College
required significant changes to the approved site plan. Now that the
site plan is changed, the College is no longer approved for the 2,500
seats under the 2004 Special Use Permit. This provides the neighbors a
new opportunity to voice their opinions about the expansion of this
facility, limit its size, and request restrictions regarding the
College's use of this facility.

The City Council hearing is a quasi-judicial function and requires
individuals to have good cause and reason for giving the testimony
they present. The compilation of testimony requires organization and
effort and there is not a lot of time.

A meeting is scheduled for 7 pm, June 28, 2011 at the Tarboro Parks
and Recreation Center to provide citizens with a forum to ask
questions of City Planning staff about the Special Use Permit Approval
and Site Plan Approval processes to aid in testimony preparation. This
is not a meeting to voice opinions about the project - those must be
submitted and supported by your testimony in the hearings. The City
Planning staff was invited to come to assist the members of our
neighborhoods who need a resource knowledgeable in these proceedings.

Please plan to attend June 28, 2011, at the Tarboro Parks and
Recreation Center, 7pm, at 121 N Tarboro Rd, Raleigh 27610. Octavia
Rainey, Chair, North Central CAC, will be present.

Mark your calendars for July 19, 2011 City Council Meeting and plan to
testify or attend to show your support of your neighbors and
neighborhoods. (This date is subject to change by City Planning or
City Council.)