Glenrose Community Association may sue over proposed sports complex

Glenrose Community Association may sue over proposed sports complex

A proposed sports complex in the Glenrose community on Spokane’s South Hill has been the subject of a heated debate for more than 10 years, now the fight to stop the project may be headed to court.

20 acres of land off 37th Avenue and Glenrose Road is owned by the Spokane Youth Sports Association, which wants to build a regional sports complex to include soccer, baseball, and softball fields on the land. Some Glenrose neighbors believe the complex will destroy their rural community.

Shay Driscoll lives across the street from the proposed site on land her family has owned for nearly 50 years.

“I moved here when I was two or three so pretty much these are my first memories,” she said.

Her mom is ready to sell the property and move if the sports complex is developed next door.

“I’ve lived here my entire life but it’s just not something that we want to live next to. I don’t want to be here when it happens. It’s going to be really sad,” Driscoll said.

Members of the Glenrose Community Association are worried about traffic on the narrow roads which surround the property, the large industrial stadium lights that would be installed and how the complex could change the rural farming community.

At a meeting Wednesday night, Glenrose Association members handed out yard signs which read “Save Rural Glenrose. Stop Regional Sports Complex.” Association members have hired an attorney and threatened to sue SYSA and Spokane County if the project moves forward. Members want to challenge the organization’s ability to build the complex on parcels zoned as urban reserve.

KXLY reached out to the Executive Director of Spokane Youth Sports to get its side of the story but did not receive a response as of Wednesday night. One Glenrose Association member said phase one of construction was scheduled to begin next fall, KXLY was not able to independently confirm that Wednesday.

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