West End businessman proposes alternate location for FC Cincinnati stadium

West End businessman proposes alternate location for FC Cincinnati stadium (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Otis Stevens is a man with a plan.

After some West End residents rejected plans for a new soccer stadium behind Taft High School, Stevens came up with an alternative.

“The alternate site would deal with more blightness(sic) and would not impact any of the existing residents,” Stevens told reporters from his front porch on West Liberty. He then led a tour of the area.

His proposed stadium footprint would be between John, Linn, Oliver and Findlay Streets. A recently-formed development company would work to revitalize a bigger area bordered by Central, Linn, Liberty and Findlay.

“It was all about the resident's feedback,” said Nahamani Yisrael, a partner in West End Area Revitalization Enterprises. “The residents of the West End didn’t seem to be in support of that original plan.”

Last month, FC Cincinnati unveiled its proposal to build a $200 million soccer stadium on the site of the existing Stargel Stadium. The team would replace the stadium with a new one on vacant property across Ezzard Charles Drive from Taft High School.

Since June of 2017, FC Cincinnati has touted three locations for a stadium if it gets a bid to join Major League Soccer.

In addition to the West End location, the team also identified sites in Oakley and Newport.

Stevens’ suggestion of a fourth potential spot is not on FC Cincinnati’s list.

“We continue to evaluate the pluses and minuses, the advantages of each of those sites and we’re going to build a stadium at one of those three winning sites,” FC Cincinnati President and General Manager Jeff Berding said Tuesday afternoon. “We’re past the point of evaluating new sites. We thank him for his interest.”

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