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Town Hall Meeting for Kent County Sports Complex

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The sign where the sports complex will be built, slated to open in spring 2017 (Photo: WBOC) The sign where the sports complex will be built, slated to open in spring 2017 (Photo: WBOC)

FREDERICA, Del.- A $20 million sports complex is at the center of a town hall style meeting tonight in Frederica.

The complex, which is slated to put 13 sports fields in one spot, has been talked about for seven years now. Kent County Levy Court Commissioner Eric Buckson is imminent and will be an economic success for Kent County.

"As an elected official, what I look at is the footprint, the impact in the area," he said. "When you talk about companies relocating, when you talk about people relocating to areas, they want to look at things that you have to offer. It's important."

Not everyone is on board, though. Norris Hudson lives on that stretch of highway across from the site where the complex will be built. He says the project will bring nothing good to the area.

"What the sports complex is going to bring is crime, traffic, and just a nightmare for us that live here," he said.

A groundbreaking ceremony happened in March to mark the beginning of construction that will build an overpass at that spot. It benefits the sports complex, says Kent County Levy Court President Brooks Banta. The construction was stalled in 2013 as it sat far down on a DelDOT priority list. Banta says that caused concern about the project in the county government.

Hudson complained about the highway being busy enough, saying either way you look at it the complex still draws more traffic to the highway.

"We can't even get out of our [own] driveway," he said. "I don't think they care what the people think in the community. They're going to do what they want to do regardless of what we say."

Buckson says the reason for the meeting is to address concerns like Mr. Hudson's and potentially talk about changes they can make to their operational plans.

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