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Lynchburg's Presbyterian Homes Rethinks Athletic Facility Plans

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Lynchburg, VA - Some relief from neighbors of the Presbyterian Homes and Services and the Family Alliance on Wednesday. The organization has put their plans for new athletic facilities on hold.

This upgrade in facilities has been part of Presbyterian Homes' master plan since 2007. Recently they filed a conditional use permit application with the city to get the ball rolling on their new turf fields, gymnasium and swimming pool.

That's when neighbors of Presbyterian Homes, namely Westminster Canterbury, started voicing their opinions about the project. Residents we spoke to said they were worried about noise, traffic and lights.

After hearing the backlash, Presbyterian Homes' President, Bob Dendy, said they had to go back to the drawing board. But, he says if they make any changes to their plans, they have to submit a new application to the city.

"Once we learned that any movement on the CUP application map requires a new CUP application, yesterday we pulled that application so that we can make alterations to it, and we'll submit another in the future," said Dendy.

Dendy says they have no guess as to when they will resubmit their application. He is planning on getting more input from neighbors, and altering their athletic field plans accordingly.

We also spoke to the Senior Vice President of Westminster Canterbury, Joe Payne. He said they are, "very pleased Presbyterian Homes is rethinking their plans, and look forward to being including in the new planning."

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