Concert venue

Waterville residents speak out on outdoor concert hall project

WATERVILLE, Ohio (WTVG) — More heated debate over a proposed concert venue in Waterville is expected. That’s why the City Council is holding a series of public hearings at Waterville Elementary School.

On Monday, September 12, 2022, the Waterville Planning Commission held a meeting at 6 p.m., followed by a city council session at 7:30 p.m. Townspeople packed the elementary school to weigh in on the project proposed, an outdoor concert venue on the outskirts of town near US 24. Developer Hunter Brooks plans to open the venue next year.

“I see positive points. I would love to see something like this happen. My concern is just one thing: to make sure that before they dig the dirt, they’re doing it right,” said Waterville resident Mark Dickey, who is supporting the project.

“The council as well as the planning commission must know and remember that this is our city,” replied Dr. Lou Balkany, who opposes the amphitheater project.

There is so much talk back and forth, once all is said and done, the Mayor of Waterville is calling on the community to come together.

“I believe we need to heal. This thing is going to be built, or it’s not going to be built, but we have to take the energy that has been expended and turn it into a positive event. And I think some people have already stepped up,” Mayor Timothy Pedro said.

On Monday, September 26 and Monday, October 10, Waterville City Council will hold additional public meetings on the project, allowing citizens to further participate before any decisions are made. The planning commission will also organize a meeting on Monday 3 October.

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