UPDATE: East Ridge City Council approves ordinance for Red Wolves soccer stadium
UPDATE: The East Ridge City Council gave the green light for the proposed Red Wolves soccer stadium on Thursday night.
Following a public hearing for residents to voice their opinions, the council voted unanimously to rezone property between I-75 and Spring Creek Road for the construction of the stadium.
The stadium is expected to seat 5,500 people.
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ORIGINAL STORY: The East Ridge City Council voted yes on the first reading of the Red Wolves new stadium.
But some residents who live nearby aren't thrilled with how quickly the process is going.
Mamie Nicholson has lived off of Hurst Street, which is just a mile away from the red wolves proposed stadium, for more than 40 years.
“It's really going to be a hard decision. My oldest daughter on Sunday said to me 'Mom, I can't imagine all of this being gone.' She said 'this is all I know. We were brought up here,” Nicholson said.
A lifetime of memories have been made at Nicholson’s home.
She played with her children and grandchildren in this backyard.
And when she got a rezoning letter in the mail, it took her and the rest of her family by complete shock.
"And it's just sad. Cause this is home. And it's heartbreaking really,” Nicholson said.
The letter states her neighborhood would be rezoned from residential to commercial property if the measure is approved by the city council.
Nicholson says she and other neighbors felt in the dark about the development.
And believes the city should be more transparent.
"But no. All we get is a letter in the mail. After they have already surveyed and done all that,” Nicholson said.
And if the city approves it on the final reading at the end of the month, she isn't sure if home will ever be the same.
"I'm don't know. I mean, I have no plans of leaving. You know. So, I don't know what I'd do,” Nicholson said.
The council says they will have a public hearing before the final vote on June 27th.
And they encourage all residents to voice their concerns with the project.