( Cincinnati ) - It was a unanimous vote on the Cincinnati Public School Board Tuesday evening, agreeing to the latest proposal for FC Cincinnati to acquire land in the West End to build a soccer stadium.
The plan was announced on Friday by City Councilman PG Sittenfeld, and it would have FC Cincinnati paying $25 million to the district along with $100,000 per year toward West End community groups.
During Tuesday's meeting, the board heard public comment from a little more than a dozen people, most of whom were against the plan. More than one person said that if the board agrees to the plan without a Community Benefits Agreement in place first, they would lose leverage to make sure the community is taken care of.
Following that public comment period, the board voted, and it was unanimous in favor of the proposal. The meeting adjourned with shouts of "shame" from the audience.
The deal the CPS Board agreed to means significantly more money for the district than what FC Cincinnati originally proposed.
Following the vote, board member Mike Moroski tweeted some feelings now that the issue was resolved.
.@fdharper captured what it felt like to live through the past few months with ice in your veins while negotiating to do what’s right for kids. It feels good to move on while being confident that you did the right thing. Thanks for being there tonight, buddy. pic.twitter.com/dJp0haiH7H— Mike Moroski (@mike_moroski) April 11, 2018
Just before 9:30pm, FC Cincinnati weighed in:
FC Cincinnati President Jeff Berding issued the above statement.
Cincinnati City Council is set to meet in regular session on Wednesday, but Councilman PG Sittenfeld says they're not rushing things:
To bring some clarity: Council will not be voting on FCC related legislation tomorrow. If our Law Dept. has had enough time, the proposal presented last week will be converted into an MOU/Ordinance, which the Mayor would refer to committee (Budget & Finance) for next Monday.— P.G. Sittenfeld (@PGSittenfeld) April 11, 2018