Parramore residents still have unanswered questions after soccer stadium meeting



ORLANDO, Fla. - Parramore residents packed a community meeting Thursday night hoping to find out how construction of a new soccer stadium and Citrus Bowl renovations will impact their neighborhood.

Although the residents received a lot of important information, many were upset with the response they got from their city commissioner, Daisy Lynum.

"I didn't get a chance to ask one question. That's what I'm upset about," Washington Shores Area Association President David Rucker said.

Lynum hosted the meeting Thursday evening at St. John Missionary Baptist Church but she left abruptly without taking any questions from residents.

"She was fast, it was like lightning speed," one resident said after the meeting.

Lynum refused to speak with WFTV about the new stadium and how it will affect the Parramore residents in her district.

Many of them believe the soccer stadium project is forcing them out of the community. Residents were able to talk with the company involved in renovating the Citrus Bowl. A major concern has been the mess that construction dust will leave in the neighborhood.

"There are measures in place to use firehoses as the demolition is being undertaken so that it's wet down," Tom Paci with Turner Construction said.

Construction noise will be monitored as well. Residents were glad to hear that they won't see large machinery or equipment traveling through their neighborhood.

"We've instructed all the subcontractors to use the major highways to carry all the debris from the job on the 408 and I-4," Paci said.

Representatives with the city of Orlando were also in attendance at the meeting. They spoke about what they're doing to manage traffic and how residents who live near the stadium can get their yards improved.

It's unclear if Lynum plans to schedule another community meeting about Parramore and the construction.