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Tue February 4, 2014
Sports

CSU Plans To Gather More Public Input On Proposed Stadium

Colorado State University is planning to hold more meetings in Fort Collins on a proposed $220 million stadium. But first, CSU needs to finalize a community-based advisory committee to oversee the process.

CSU is expected to assemble the committee in the coming weeks to gather public input on preliminary development designs and other topics. Groups both for and against the stadium will sit on the committee, as well as CSU faculty, staff and students.

Bob McCluskey, who will chair the committee, said the goal isn’t to give a final thumbs-up or down to the project — that will come later on from CSU’s Board of Governors.

“What our job is basically to help the design team look at the issues,” he said, citing specific concerns for neighborhoods pertaining to noise, traffic or lighting. Participants will also be encouraged to comment on initial designs.

Additionally, the Coloradoan is reporting that a few members of the Fort Collins city council are interested in visiting other municipalities that have experience with stadium issues. As the Coloradoan writes:

One of the goals of a visit would be to meet with residents who raised concerns about a stadium project and how those issues were addressed, said council member Bob Overbeck.

Knowing how stadium-related issues were handled elsewhere would help address some of the city’s concerns about CSU’s proposed $220 million facility, he said.

Once members of the CSU advisory committee are finalized, meetings are expected to begin in March.