FC Cincinnati abandons 'once in a lifetime' West End development plans

FC Cincinnati abandons 'once in a lifetime' West End development plans
A proposed stadium design released in 2017. (Provided by FCC)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - FC Cincinnati has abandoned its plans to build a stadium in the West End.

Cincinnati Public Schools said Friday it will consider a resolution next week that deals with a land agreement with FC Cincinnati.  It appeared Thursday that the West End discussions were over, but CPS made it sound like they wanted to move at their own pace on this.

In a proposed resolution, CPS even referred to FC Cincinnati's Thursday behavior as unreasonable. (You can read the full thing below, as well as a layout for a deferred payment schedule in response to the land deal.)

Shortly after CPS released these documents on Friday, FC Cincinnati responded. Here's what they had to say:

The proposed resolution received by FC Cincinnati this evening from the CPS Board of Education is consistent with its position of the past several weeks. CPS is asking FC Cincinnati to pay $20 million over 10 years.

In the meantime, will still do not know the following:

  • Whether FC Cincinnati has been granted an MLS expansion bid
  • An official timeline for that decision
  • Where the team would build its self-funded soccer-specific stadium
  • Whether the West End location is officially out of play

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