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NO. VIRGINIA RESIDENTS DON'T WANT BALLPARK IN THEIR BACKYARD
Published December 22, 1994
Fairfax County, VA, residents who discovered that a proposed ballpark for a possible MLB expansion team could be in their backyards weren't overly enthusiastic. On Tuesday, county officials identified 12 locations where a stadium might be built if the area is awarded an expansion team. The reaction from neighbors and even owners of those sites ranged from entrepreneurialy optimistic to angry. Mike Davini, who sits on 18 acres nearby a proposed site, would welcome a stadium if there is something in it for him: "It would be fine as long as they pay us for the inconvenience." Areas included in the proposal include an area adjacent to the large shopping mall complex at Tysons's Corner. County officials want a stadium to be near current or planned public transportation lines and will try and avoid sites with wetland or pollution problems. The county is expected to narrow the search to two or three sites within a month (Bates & Lipton, WASHINGTON POST, 12/22). VA resident groups have successfully opposed other major developments in the past, including a new Redskins stadium in Alexandria and Disney's America theme-park in Haymarket.