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Potomac Green threatened by minor league stadium

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Many people living in the Potomac Green neighborhood of Ashburn used to live in the city but moved here because it wasn’t.

“We like peace and quiet,” says Joan Sayers. “We don’t want any more noise.”

Sayers has lived in the 55-and-older community for close to four years and loves it. What she and others don’t love is the plan for a minor league ballpark to be built close to home, bring more noise and congestion.

Right next to Potomac Green the group Miller and Smith is building Loudoun One, a retail, residential and business hub similar to Reston Town Center. Now developers want to add a ballpark for the minor league Loudoun Hounds.

Construction is already well underway for Loudoun One, while the ballpark is still in the planning phase. The idea is to build a stadium similar to that of the Frederick Keys.

Opponents are taking their push online, urging Loudoun County leaders to oppose the project.

“There’s no rubber stamp here,” says Shawn Williams, Loudoun County Board supervisor. “We want to make sure we’re mitigating the noise concerns and traffic concerns.”

“I just don’t think the stadium will make that much of a difference,” says Bunny Whitehouse.

Whitehouse and her husband like baseball and the vitality it could bring to Ashburn.

“We’re thinking it will work out to be a good thing.”

Sayers hopes her voice is heard but fears it will get drowned out by the roar of the crowd.

“We’re little people, you know. Money talks.”

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