A stadium deal’s past and future

August 5, 2013

(Courtesy of HKS/D.C. United)

The tentative $300 million agreement to build a new D.C. United stadium on Buzzard Point may not have much concrete impact on present-day Washington, but the deal has an interesting past and has significant implications for the future of both the city and the soccer team. In Capital Business, Jonathan O’Connell looks at the one man who may be most responsible for getting a deal together: Matthew J. Klein, president of real-estate developer Akridge, who has for a decade sought ways to make the firm’s nine-acre Buzzard Point land play pay off. If the stadium does get built, it could be transformative for D.C. United and its fans. Julie Zauzmer reports from the Chester, Pa., home of the Philadelphia Union, which has much improved the team’s game-day experience but done little to revitalize the surrounding area. And should D.C. United leave RFK Stadium, that would raise big questions about the future of a legendary but aged facility that would be left without an anchor tenant. Stadium manager Events DC says it will study a full range of revitalization and redevelopment options for a United-less RFK.

In other news:

Many more questions than answers about Jiamei Tian, homeless woman accused in vandalism spree (Post)

Michelle Rhee biographer: “Vincent C. Gray deserves a lot of credit for improving education in his city” (Post op-ed)

Time to give D.C.’s public schools more time to educate children? (Post editorial)

High-rated BASIS D.C. charter school comes under tough scrutiny for special-ed failings (Post)

United Medical Center board finalizes strategic plan; search for private partner, funding begins (WBJ)

Bikeshare is great and all, but it’s not a 100 percent reliable for commuting (Post)

FEMS touts faster ambulance response times, but union says accident rates are up (WTOP)

Ambulance catches fire after electrical repairs (PostWUSA-TV)

Metro planning chief: You can’t expand the system without addressing core congestion (Post)

Jim Graham is not happy with Florida Avenue redevelopment pick (WBJ, Housing Complex)

DCHA says connection between developer and DMPED had no bearing on Barry Farm pick (Housing Complex)

Marijuana referendum backers opt for stoner appeal in flyers (Loose Lips)

Marion Barry was against the soccer deal before he was for it (Housing Complex)

Eleanor Holmes Norton’s intervention gives heliport owner hope (WBJ)

Obama nominates Covington & Burling partner Casey Cooper for district judgeship (Legal Times)

Ingmar Guandique post-trial hearings were sealed to protect informant, a Fresno gangster (McClatchy)

Still more massing mockups featuring tallish buildings (Housing Complex)

Arrests made in Bloomingdale, Trinidad burglaries (Post)

Man shot dead after Friday morning robbery in Fairlawn (Post)

One dead in Sunday morning single-vehicle accident on Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue NE (WRC-TV)

Large-scale developments continue transformation of Adams Morgan (UrbanTurf)

Trinity president: “Chancellor Henderson and her team of teachers and administrators are on the right track, and they deserve as much support as the city and community can muster to stay the course toward improvement” (HuffPo)

“Blending learning” holds promise for D.C. public schoolkids, says Deborah Simmons (WaTimes)

Federal food stamp cuts could hit D.C. families in November (DCFPI)

Randall School redevelopment plan goes to Zoning Commission (Hill Rag)

Black Cat pop-up! (DCist)

Or not (@BlackCatDC)

Metro baby will not, in fact, be named “L’Enfant” (Post)

What’s with all the rabbits? (Post column)

Hey, it’s WPO earnings/double bourbon time (Post)

Steakhouse owner Annie Kaylor will be remembered for the “force of her personality and the strength of her cocktails” (Post)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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