Outcry from neighboring homeowners and student residents caused the University of Virginia to put the brakes on a plan to build a new softball stadium at historic Lambeth Field.
Residents say they were not consulted about the plan, and said the university hadn’t adequately vetted plans to contain parking, noise and lights and preserve the historic colonnade. The university’s governing body, the Board of Visitors, was set to approve a site and architect for a proposed softball stadium on Thursday, but decided to defer the site vote.
“Now at least we’ll have enough time to plan,” said Karen Dougald, president of the University Circle neighborhood association. “It’s amazing how much of a surprise this was.”