Hamilton County Commissioners to FC Cincinnati: Make a decision by the end of the month
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Hamilton County Commissioners are putting the pressure on Major League Soccer to make a decision on whether FC Cincinnati gets a call-up to the majors.
They extended the agreement to build a parking garage to the end of the month. It had expired at the end of 2017 and it was originally for a stadium in Oakley, but they've amended it to include the West End.
A stadium there has been a hot-button issue for people who live there. Residents feel like they have no say in the matter.
"Unfortunately a lot of people feel that the deal is already sealed and that we don't know and just so there's a risk of individuals being displaced we want to at least be able to come ot the table and have our say if there's actually gonna be a community benefit agreement arranged for this," said Kelli Prater of the West End.
Residents in the West End want to hear from FC Cincinnati President Jeff Berding.
"As we have always stated, FCC is supportive of the MLS expansion process as we hope to join this brilliant, growing League. FCC has no issues with the process or timing and we have not sought to inject "urgency" into the process. FCC continues to work productively with MLS," said Berding on Twitter. "While we know our fans and community are anxious for a resolution, I ask you to bear with us just a little longer while we work to drive this process to what we hope will be a winning conclusion. In the meantime, we ask our @fccincinnati supporters to avoid conjecture & blame."
He has said he would be at the next community council meeting in two weeks.