Berea owners fear houses demolished for Browns’ training ground
BEREA, Ohio (WOIO) – A grid battle not on the soccer field but on the soccer field.
Local residents and a church collide at the Cleveland Browns’ training ground in Berea.
The team wants to expand the practice center, but the owners are frustrated.
Some say they won’t go down without a fight.
“It’s very frustrating,” said Tina Byers.
Tina Byers lives along Pearl St. in Berea.
His house is right up against the Browns’ training ground.
She fears that one day her house will be among those that will be demolished to make room for an expanded Browns training facility.
“We took care of our homes. Some homes are a little run down, but not all of them, ”Byers said.
The demolition includes homes along Pearl Street, Second Avenue, Beech Street and a former church.
We are told that the Browns organization paid for the move and the construction of a new mount. Building of the Baptist Church of Zion.
The plan received the city’s initial approval on Wednesday evening.
“Well, it makes me a little sad actually because I was born and raised here. The house I live in just across the street was my grandparents’ house, ”Byers said.
Martha Naylor fears that her house will be the next to be destroyed.
“They said in a few years that they also wanted my house. Maybe before, I don’t know. I’m retired and on social security and can’t afford to go anywhere else, ”Naylor said.
19 News confirmed that the plan was to demolish these homes, clean up and plant some grass.
In the meantime, Tina says she’s not going anywhere.
“Right now, it’s clear I’m here. And I’m going to be here until I’m ready to speak, ”Byers said.
The Cleveland Browns told 19 News it is part of their strategic plan for their training facility to continue to provide players and fans with first-class resources in all aspects of football and business operations. They say they are respectful and considerate when working with these owners and local authorities.
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