Rain Check: Sports complex permit vote postponed

By Julianne Peixoto

July 8, 2014 Updated Jul 9, 2014 at 6:20 AM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) "We're totally against it us, all the neighbors here," said Town of Union resident Bill Kuzel. "We're already aggravated with all the noise, traffic, all that kind of stuff and we really don't wanna see it escalate into something a lot bigger."

Several residents who live on Airport Road near the complex attended Tuesday night's meeting to protest the permit.

It was because of their lengthy concerns that board members ultimately decided to postpone the vote.

"I don't feel I would be prepared to present my report at this time," said Senior Planner Marina Lane.

Residents voiced concerns of excessive noise, garbage, traffic and even restroom facilities as reasons against the permit.

"Some of the things we're really not dead set against, like maybe the ethnic festivals, like low-key," said Kuzel.

Greater Binghamton Sport Complex owner Bahij Kashou says that when events go elsewhere, the town misses out on revenue generated by event-goers from hotel stays, restaurant visits, and shopping.

"Right now we probably generate, an estimated basis about $9 million to $10 million per year for the community," said Kashou. "Right now as an example, we have scheduled the Mustang Meet and we already got participants are coming from Massachusetts, New York City, North Carolina area. All these people are gonna come here and stay two or three nights in the hotels, obviously they’re gonna go shopping and they’re gonna buy gas and they’re gonna buy a lot of things from the community, so it’s an influx of money into the community."

Kashou said that if he is granted the permit, his complex would host roughly between eight and 10 events a year. He also said he would continue following the town's zoning and nuisance laws.

The next Planning Board meeting is on Aug. 19.

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