The Orchard Park Soccer Club has released details about its controversial proposal for indoor training at a former horse arena on Freeman Road.
Letters and a petition with an estimated 200 signatures were submitted to the town, opposing the project because of its potential noise and traffic. But club president Mike Clough said the plan may be misunderstood as it may not cause the disturbances people imagine.
Clough described the move as small scale, saying it would let as many as 18 kids practice inside the arena.
The nonprofit club spends about $50,000 a year to rent indoor training space for some of its 800 to 1,000 young players. With a place of its own, the club would save money, Clough said.
Last summer, the club began talking with the owner of the former Quakerfield Stables about buying the seven acres.
The lot is oddly shaped and not suited for an outdoor soccer field, said Clough. Instead, the club wants to keep the white fences and equestrian look of the place.
“From the street it will look no different,” said Clough.
The Planning Board has recommended approval in a 4 to 1 vote. After a public hearing, scheduled for May 7, the Town Board will review the concerns and announce a decision at a subsequent meeting.
Also this week:
• A Village Board meeting begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the board room at the Municipal Center, 4295 S. Buffalo St.
• The office of state Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo, will hold satellite office hours from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Municipal Center.
• The Town Board meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Municipal Center. A 5:30 p.m. work session will be held in the supervisor’s conference room to talk with the Senior Services Task Force about their research into needed services, from transportation to housing to a new senior center.
• Author Isaiah Rashad, a Western New York native and an Army veteran, will sign copies of his book, “Battlefield Business,” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Orchard Park Library, S-4570 S. Buffalo St..
• Laptops, games, printers and scanners will be accepted for free recycling from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Orchard Park High School, 4040 Baker Road.