Patch collected your comments regarding the new Potomac Nationals Stadium on July 18. Patch editor Rachel Leon forwarded those comments on to Woodbridge district supervisor Frank Principi.
Now, Principi gives his comments in return:
"I am proud that Woodbridge has been selected as a potential site for the Potomac Nationals Stadium. I want to emphasis that the announcement made on July 17, 2012 is just one step in a long process. Many factors must come together before a final decision is made. This proposal will go through the Special Use Permit (SUP) process. Both an environmental study and a Transportation Impact Analysis (TIA) must be performed before the proposal goes before the Planning Commission or the Board of Supervisors for their approval. I will hold several town hall meetings throughout the process where residents can ask questions and share their views.
As a business operating in Prince William County since the mid-1980s, the Potomac Nationals have decided they need a new stadium to strengthen and expand their franchise. Whether it is located in Woodbridge or somewhere else in Northern Virginia, this is a business decision they will make once they have completed the vetting process from Prince William County.
In this proposal, VDOT has committed $15 million towards erecting a 1,200 space above ground commuter parking facility. This is a major plus for commuters in Eastern Prince William. The intention is for the garage to serve as a hub for slug lines and bus service, and address the need for commuter parking. Roadside Development, the owners of Potomac Town Center, committed the land and the site work to support the stadium and the commuter parking garage.
If the Stonebridge location is ultimately approved, this proposal will bring more than $200 million in private sector investment and $15 million in investment from the Commonwealth to our community. This proposal a unique opportunity to solve a known transportation need, while providing a new recreational amenity, and building a sense of place in the Woodbridge District.
I look forward to continued discussion with the community about this proposal to address concerns for traffic and noise impacts. The first town hall on this subject will be in September."
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