Columbus real estate consultant: "Several places for Crew SC to move downtown"
Space may be limited, but a Columbus real estate consultant says there is enough room downtown for Columbus Crew SC to call home.
"Land is a challenge, especially when you have a successful downtown," says Rob Vogt, with Vogt Strategic Insights, a real estate market analyses and feasibility studies company based in Columbus.
The owner of Crew SC, Anthony Precourt, announced last month he was considering moving his team to Austin, Texas, if a new privately financed downtown stadium is not built in Columbus, citing low ticket sales and an aging stadium.
Vogt tells ABC 6/FOX 28 there are several locations that would be a perfect fit for the club. He says his top spot is land near Abbott Labs on 4th St.
"It's a site you can get in and out of," said Vogt. "It would be large enough, you could create a soccer village."
Officials with Abbott Labs say they have not been approached about selling any of their property.
Vogt also says the former casino site behind Huntington Park could work for the team, but it does come with access issues.
Austin City Council Thursday night approved a resolution to begin looking for locations for a soccer stadium, but Vogt says the city will also face challenges.
"The reality is they don't have a lot of open land for this kind of development," said Vogt. "There has also been a lot of discussion regarding using public park land."
Columbus Crew SC is not commenting about any possible properties that may have been looked at by ownership.
More information could be learned next week, after Columbus Mayor Ginther and city business leaders meet with Precourt and MLS Commissioner Dan Garber to discuss the team's future in Columbus.