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Written by The Staff   
Tuesday, 03 October 2006 03:51

DC Parking and Condos for Nationals StadiumThe grand parking structure design by Herbert S. Miller isn't dead yet.

A mixed use of condominiums, restaurants, and parking, which would be used for the new Nationals ballpark slated to open in April of 2008 had been declared dead more than a week ago due to funding issues. Now, the DC Council may step in. As reported:

Several D.C. Council members were negotiating late yesterday to introduce emergency legislation today that would revive a plan to build condominiums and parking garages near a new baseball stadium in Southeast Washington.

Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) was leading the effort and had distributed a bill that seeks to alter the $611 million stadium cost cap approved by the council in March. The legislation would allow the city to spend money from the sale of development rights on stadium land to pay for the parking garages.

Recall that the cap on funds was a major point of contention with several Council members when funding for the new stadium was approved at the 11th hour nearly a year ago. One of those opposed to the public subsidy for the stadium at that time was democratic nominee for mayor, Adrian Fenty. 

DC CFO Natwar M. Gandhi expressed "grave concerns" about the plan. The bill would "jeopardize the on-time and on-budget completion of the stadium facility."

(The Washington Post

 

 
 
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