Stadium neighbors fear possible development
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Construction continues at break-neck speed on Baylor University's new football stadium. But as the new sports complex takes shape, people who live nearby say they don't like what's happening to their neighborhood.
"Been a lot of people moving around, trying to find someplace to go. Some people aren't going to have a home," Olive Heights resident Cherelle Majors said.
Public records show dozens of properties in the Waco neighborhood have been bought by Baylor and other development interests.
One longtime resident didn't want to be photographed or give her name, but did say people feel like they are being pushed out.
"All the empty blocks you see? They already belong to Wells-Fargo,” she said. “The Man has so much power now, you know? It's like you're being forced out of your own property."
She says working class residents can't fight developers.
"Eventually everybody's going to be wiped out. I feel sorry for the ones that don't own their house," the resident said. “That's just how it is. The big boys do big things and the little people have to suffer."
Waco city planners didn't return calls from YNN, but have previously said they don't anticipate major zoning changes for Olive Heights. They add that if any zoning changes are proposed, neighborhood residents will have a chance to participate in the process.
The new Baylor Stadium is expected to be complete by fall of 2014.