South Anchorage residents on the fence about proposed high school stadium


by Your Alaska Link News Team
by Victoria Taylor

ANCHORAGE-The Anchorage Planning and Zoning Commission is preparing to decide whether enough steps have been taken to mitigate noise and other disturbances from a proposed stadium at South Anchorage High School.
Neighbors continue to express concerns over a proposal to add lights, bleachers and a sound system, "it is noisy, especially in the summers," said Judy Olive who's lived in South Anchorage for 41 years.
The school opened in 2004 with football practice fields. The team plays home games at Anchorage Football Stadium. Cornelius Eastman bought his home in 1996. He says he would rather see more fuinding for other educational programs.

Some residents are concerned with the incresae traffic the additional stadium could bring. Olive says she's concerned with Huffman Rd. Others are worried about the actual neighborhood streets,"they tell us it won't be a problem because people will car pool, but we don't see it that way. We see it as mom will come in one car and dad in another because they both work," said Eastman.

He also says the neighborhood streets already get narrow when someone has a garage sale and people park on the side.
Principal Kersten Johnson-Struempler says Anchorage high schools have been moving toward a site-based, home-field system for football games.
South High parents and students in 2012 obtained a $2.2 million legislative grant for a stadium.
Neighbors say that's not what was promised when the school was built.
The school district has investigated ways to dampen sounds at the proposed stadium.

Residents will ahve the opportunity to voice their concerns at a public meeting Feb. 10.

Associated Press contributed to portions of this story.

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Kim Maselbas said on Thursday, Feb 6 at 5:21 AM

We are having the same issues in our city of Crystal Lake Illinois. I would love to get in contact with anyone there in Alaska to share info. Unfortunately our distrist went ahead without city zoning permits & built the stadium for 3900 41 feet from our homes which are zoned residential. We are now in a huge lawsuit with the district. A judge ruled in our favor & the city's favor but the district is appealing it. If they win an appeal it will affect you.

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