Residents angry about sports complex wanting to expand - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/24/10

Residents angry about sports complex wanting to expand

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Curry Blackwell Curry Blackwell
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By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Several Lubbock residents are angry after a local sports complex is asking City Council to expand their business.

Premier Sports Complex is located on Memphis Drive and 90th Street, in the middle of the Rain Tree subdivision. For about 30 days out of the year, parking becomes a problem for some of those residents as Premier Customers Park along the streets for sports leagues.

Many of those residents have already written City Council upset about the possible expansion.

One Texas Tech professor wrote, "Memphis Drive has become impossible to navigate safely". Other residents also complained about too many people parking along Memphis, while this resident wrote,

"It makes no sense to double or triple the number of its customers to add to the problem.  It never should have been allowed in a residential and school area to start with".

Premier owner Curry Blackwell said that's not the goal.

"It's not to bring in more traffic it's to flow the traffic that's existing here back to an area on site where they can park on our property, said Blackwell.

He said since Premier opened, they've continued to bring in more sports leagues for the community and that their wanting to expand to help fix the parking problem for those residents.

Part of the expansion includes adding a new building to draw parking away from the residential areas.

"By having the new building, it will basically amount to 40 new parking spaces, and should take away some more of that problem," said Blackwell.

Community members will be given a chance to express their concerns during a hearing on Thursday during a City Council session.

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