Bronx residents concerned over new Yankee Stadium plan
Residents and business owners have raised concerns over the changes that may occur in the neighborhood alongside Yankee Stadium if the plans for a new stadium are approved. Issues include a lack of park space during construction and a decline for local businesses.The plans call for the new stadium to be built over the Macombs Dam Park, across the street from the old stadium. The Yankees plan to pay for the new $700,000,000 stadium.Businesses along River Avenue are concerned that they would lose all the foot traffic, which amounts to about 55,000 people, 81 days a year. Business owners fear that the new location would make fans exiting the subway walk the other way, thereby avoiding contact with their stores. The community is disturbed over the lack of parkland during the construction of the new stadium. Under state law, if the Yankees build on Macombs Dam Park, they must replace the parkland elsewhere. The Bronx borough president says the deal will only happen if improvements to the local area are made. These improvements include a hotel, convention center, Metro North stop and a ferry landing.