T. C. Williams’ Stadium Lights
2014-06-19 TCW documents [docx]
2015-02-11 The School Board allocated $320,000 in its FY2016 budget for studying improvements to the T. C. Williams stadium
2015-01 The School Board found $1.25 Million for the T. C. Williams stadium but that amount does not include the cost of the new field or the lights: $320,000 for concept and design, $300,000 for concession stands and ticket booth, $75,000 for press box, $250,000 for visitors’ bleachers (no space), $250,000 for landscaping, $50,000 annual contract to maintain the grounds.
2014-10-09 The SHA Board of Directors remains opposed to efforts to install lights on the football stadium at T. C. Williams High School (TCW). Since the 1960s, the City’s Mayors and Members of City Council have promised us verbally and through zoning restrictions—specifically Condition #85 of the school’s DSUP—that no lights would be erected on this field, which is located 20’ from some single family homes. Nevertheless, the School Board spent funds to study the feasibility of installing lights on the stadium.
2014-10-09 SHA Board Members continue to support Condition #85, which became a written agreement in 2003 when the City wanted to expand the size of TCW. In the 2003 DSUP for the larger building, Condition #85 reads: “No permanent stadium lighting shall be installed at the School stadium or on any other athletic fields, including the proposed new practice field.” In 2013, this condition was amended with the approval of the neighbors and SHA to allow for lights on six new tennis courts that were supposed to be built last spring. Condition #85 now reads: “No permanent stadium lighting shall be installed at the School stadium or on any other athletic fields except as to allow for the lighted tennis courts proposed under the DSUP2013-0014 submission.”
2014-10-02 SHA residents spoke at the School Board meeting about the problems and flaws with the feasibility study done by Kimley-Horn for putting lights on the football field at TCW. Nevertheless, the School Board approved further study of the proposal in a vote of 8-1 with Pat Hennig voting against pursuing this option. According to the feasibility study:
- The cost for the lights is now estimated to be about $4.5 million. [Note: In September, Kimley-Horn estimated the cost of the lights alone between $650,000 and $750,000 and with other associated items about a $1 million.]
- Lights will be on six 90’ poles, which violates the height limit on school buildings.
- Excessive light from the field will spill onto at least two private properties in violation of zoning standards.
- The feasibility and cost of addition lights on the bleachers and concession stand is unknown.
- The amount of light generated by additional lighting needed is unknown.
2014-09-24 School Board member Christopher Lewis led a community meeting during which citizens discussed the feasibility study done by Kimley-Horn for putting lights on the football field at TCW.
2014-06-09 During a one-hour public meeting with the School Board, several members of SHA explained the reasons for Condition #85 of the DSUP for TCW that prohibits lights on the football stadium. School Board members claimed ignorance of the history of the historic community decimated by the construction of the school and ignorance of the existing agreements between us and the City that this particular field would not have lights.
2014-06 The City has documented that the ACPS has failed to implement the required landscaping at TCW, but no plan or timeframe for implementation is available as of October 2014.