Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Williamsburg Civic Assoc. takes strong stand against O'Connell lights

The Williamsburg Civic Association voted overwhelmingly Tuesday night to oppose the proposal to install stadium lights at Bishop O'Connell High School.

By a 57-2 vote, the association approved a resolution that opposed the private school's application because the lights "will have a substantial adverse impact on the quality of life of many members of the Civic Association, create noise and light pollution, aggravate parking and traffic problems, and diminish the value of neighboring homes."

The vote means that both civic associations near the private school are strongly opposed to the lights. The Arlington East Falls Church Civic Association voted against the lights last fall. In addition, more than 400 Arlington residents have signed a petition opposing the lights.

O'Connell also indicated it was once again seeking a delay in its hearing before the Arlington County Board -- this time until March.  O'Connell's proposal was originally scheduled for a hearing in September.