GREENBURGH, N.Y. – After months of controversy, Greenburgh's government is putting the sports bubble debate in the hands of the public, asking them to vote on whether Greenburgh should enter into a lease agreement with Game On 365.
At its Wednesday meeting, the Town Council decided to add a referendum to the Nov. 6 election ballot. The referendum is expected to be the final decision on whether the town will move forward with the sports bubble.
Town Supervisor Paul Feiner has been a proponent of bringing the 94,000-square-foot dome-shaped sports complex to a vacant site at 715 Dobbs Ferry Road. The potential 15-year lease is expected to produce more than $5 million for the town, as well as give children a large athletic field, he said.
"I am very pleased that voters will have the chance to partner with town officials in making an important decision," Feiner wrote in a community-wide email.
While some residents agree with the town's plan to develop the sports bubble, others have criticized the idea, citing financial and legal problems with the lease. Some even claimed that the lease could be illegal.
In addition to the possible revenue for the town, Game On has said that it will pay $125,000 to clean up the lot and to perform an environmental study of the area.