Waterville City Council approves controversial amphitheater proposal
WATERVILLE, Ohio (WTVG) - Waterville City Council approved plans to build a new amphitheater Monday night that has divided residents over the last few months.
Council approved the proposal with a four to two vote - with Mayor Tim Pedro and one council member opposing the plan.
“The maximum of 30 concerts per season. No 3-day concerts. No camping. They’ve got to put a fence around the amphitheater. I think they have to address the noise when it’s appropriately designed,” said Mayor Pedro.
A local resident Jim Schlievert said he is disappointed with the vote.
“There is no groundswell for this. This is about money, hopefully not for political favors, but this only went by one vote. One vote that could have went the other way. He said he went door-to-door to represent the citizenry. He did not do that tonight,” said Schlievert.
Local resident Isaiah Bayly said it’s time the city unites itself and prepares for the future.
“You know, if you’re against it, don’t hold onto bitterness. If you’re for it, don’t rub it in and make a mockery of the people. You know, come together. Let’s talk about what we want to see come from this and move forward to get the best possible result for Waterville,” said Bayly.
The vote took place at 7:30 p.m. Monday night at Waterville Primary School on Sycamore Lane.
According to developers, the project, named Waterville Landing Entertainment District, would be located just off of US-24 and State Route 64 at the Waterville/Whitehouse exits.
Developers said the concert venue would operate at 7,500 capacity with the capability of reaching approximately 9,375 for special marque shows. The venue will have 5,200 fixed stadium-style seats and 22 to 25 box suites. Developers say the venue also includes:
- Lifted berm grass lawn area for General Admission seating
- Permanent restrooms
- Concessions and merchandise areas with easy access to and from seating
- On-site parking for approximately 2500 cars
- ADA access and parking
Hunter Brucks, President and CEO of HB Concerts INC. and HBC Management LLC, and Chris Campbell, President, and CEO of Devonshire REIT hope the amphitheater would open for operations in spring of 2023.
While some see it as an opportunity to generate revenue for the city, others see it as a potential nuisance to those who live nearby.
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