Agreement Will Permit Softball Field While Preserving Open Space

Iona College and its neighbors in the Beechmont and Sunset View neighborhoods have reached an agreement concerning the future of the Beechmont-Rice Oval on Pryer Terrace. Iona’s desire to construct a women’s softball field at this location had raised neighborhood concerns and threatened to stimulate a serious, protracted community dispute. The compromise proposes a range of use and design restrictions on Iona’s softball field, while also protecting an adjoining Iona-owned property from future development. The specific terms of the Oval compromise can be view HERE. Council Member Barry Fertel played an especially critical role in achieving this agreement, and I hope it will serve as the basis for a more positive and constructive relationship between Iona and surrounding residential areas.