D.C. on United stadium deal: Working hard, or hardly working?

Sorry to be a bit late to today’s news, especially since I bet I know what you’ve been sitting there wondering. You’ve been thinking, Hey Neil, it’s been more than a month since you said that nothing much new was happening with D.C. United‘s stadium campaign. I don’t expect any details about things like “money” or “plans” or anything, but can you maybe tell me whether or not some mid-level government official is still claiming it will happen soon?

Fortunately for you, the Washington Post is ON IT:

D.C. City Administrator Allen Y. Lew, who oversaw construction of Nationals Park and the convention center, said in a brief interview last week that after repeated meetings with D.C. United’s new ownership and other stakeholders he hopes to have the framework for a deal to build a new stadium for the team “inside of a year.”

“The administration is continuing to work with the D.C. United organization to develop a new soccer stadium,” he said. “I don’t think there’s been this much energy put into it by anyone in the past, in any recent administrations.”

Lew went on to say … well, nothing. (The Post did say this was a brief interview!) The Post does say that the plan remains for the team to pay for construction of the stadium while the district pays for land and roads and infrastructure, though it leaves out the whole bit about how D.C. United wants tax kickbacks as well. Or how much any of it would cost. Or how it would be paid for.

I hope you feel better informed now.

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2 comments on “D.C. on United stadium deal: Working hard, or hardly working?

  1. what sort of development like this DOESN’T get tax kickbacks?
    Seems like a “captain obvious” sort of thing to include.

  2. The vast majority of development projects don’t get to keep a share of their own property taxes (and maybe sales taxes? the original Post report wasn’t clear) and use it to help pay their construction costs.

    In any event, though, it’s an odd omission when you’re specifically running down who’s paying for what, as the Post was.

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