A soccer-stadium scrap

August 8, 2013

The Buzzard Point waterfront, seen from Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge, currently features a cement plant and a largely unused heliport. (Maddie Meyer/For The Washington Post)

Late Wednesday morning, it looked like a wrench — or at least a few tons of metal scrap — had been tossed into the works of getting a soccer stadium deal consummated.  WAMU-FM’s Patrick Madden reported that Super Salvage, a scrapyard on the proposed Buzzard Point site, had not been consulted on the plans for a 20,000-seat D.C. United stadium and could be unwilling to move. Previously, city officials had represented that the site was under the control of businessman Mark Ein, who also owns an adjoining parcel, and at a mayoral news conference later that morning, city administrator and stadium czar Allen Lew admitted to some confusion over the scrapyard property and reiterated that the city was willing to pursue eminent domain lawsuits to get the land. By close of business, however, matters had retreated from the brink: Turns out the Super Salvage executive quoted in the WAMU story wasn’t on the same page as his boss, and Ein says he continues to work in partnership with the actual owner of the scrapyard property. More from WAMU-FMHousing Complex and DCist.

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Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.
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