Ever since news started leaking out that Mayor Vince Gray was seriously considering a Washington Redskins training facility for a plot of land near RFK Stadium, nearby residents have been fretting over what that would mean for long-standing development plans for the 67 acres of eastern Capitol Hill known as Reservation 13. But at a community meeting Thursday, Gray didn’t seem to offer many more specifics on the possibility of a training facility coming to the area — though he did continue to say that it’s an idea that has merit.
According to the City Paper, Gray told the hundreds of residents that gathered at the D.C. Armory that there really isn’t anything yet to disclose about the possible training facility:
“Nobody wants to bring out anything that is half baked to a community. I think the worst that you could ever do is bring out a proposal to somebody, and there are more questions than there are answers,” he told several hundred residents in the vast, echoing D.C. Armory space. “That’s one of the reasons why there was no community meeting around this, because there was nothing to present, and there still is nothing to present.”
And despite community concerns over how a training facility would conflict with decade-old plans for the redevelopment of Reservation 13, Gray still seemed to hold on to the prospects that the team could help jump-start development at the site: “I don’t know whether it’s a training facility or what, but we need to find something to jump-start Hill East,” he said according to WTOP. Gray also touted a questionable benefit to having a facility in D.C. — players would be more likely to live here, and thus pay taxes on their substantial salaries.
[Continue reading Martin Austermuhle’s post at DCist.com.]