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Foundation considers donation for MATC athletic facility

Published On: Dec 24 2013 05:42:08 AM CST   Updated On: Sep 12 2013 08:23:42 PM CDT


A major donation for Madison College could mean $18 million in upgrades to the school’s athletic facilities.

Leaders from the school said the money would come from a local foundation, but nearby residents want more details on the project.

Some residents of the Carpenter-Ridgeway neighborhood, nicknamed "country living in the city," are concerned a new proposal at MATC wouldn’t be a good fit for their community.

“They do not know how it will impact the wildlife and how much the wildlife will be displaced,” said Robin Chaseyngsdal.

The plan calls for a softball complex with four fields that would allow the college to host state and regional competitions. School leaders said the community would benefit from the expansion.

“That would not only serve Madison College and its women’s athletic teams, but other teams in the area, teams on Madison’s east side, Madison East and Madison La Follete,” said Tim Casper, assistant vice president of budget and public affairs.

The plan would also call for moving the baseball and soccer fields.

“We’re going to have increased traffic on this street. People are going to want to park closer to the baseball diamonds and it is closer to park on this street,” said Chaseyngsdal.

Leaders from the college have met with residents and hope to be able to answer some of their questions soon.

“We will continue to gather information related to their requests and continue to have a discussion with them about the proposal,” said Casper.

School officials hope to know in the next few months whether or not the proposal will become a reality. Details of a possible donation are still being worked out to make sure the college won’t be taking on a significant financial burden.

The school is not naming the foundation that might be providing the funding.

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