Comment 43201

By Tom Bombadil (anonymous) | Posted July 13, 2010 at 11:34:02

Regarding NEC restrictions and grandfathered exceptions to escarpment use, Chedoke Golf Club is an 18-hole golf course with minimal built structure and nominal parking. A 30,000-seat stadium and related parking facilities might alter the ratio of green space directly adjacent to a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Admittedly, I haven’t looked into the finer points, but my sense is that it would meet with resistance. The recent precedent is of course Burlington’s Sherwood Forest Park, which has existing use as a multi-sport facility (four baseball diamonds, five soccer pitches) and yet it was rejected by the NEC as a site for the city’s Pan Am soccer facility. A secondary site, City Park, was also rejected by the committee at first and only okayed after concessions on seating capacity. Working on existing use facilities, it took Burlington several months to find a home for a permanent structure that seats just 1,500 fans.

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