A soccer stadium … someday?

December 2, 2013

The stadium timeline is, at this point, dependent on outcome of Buzzard Point land negotiations. (Courtesy of D.C. United)

When Mayor Vincent C. Gray and City Administrator Allen Lew announced this summer they would have a soccer stadium deal ready for D.C. Council approval by year’s end — while major land negotiations were stuck in early stages — few believed it would be possible. And so it wasn’t: The Gray administration no longer expects a council vote before the holidays, the Post’s Jonathan O’Connell and Aaron C. Davis report, but is still holding out hope that the necessary land deals can be reached by Christmas. The longer that takes, however, the farther any stadium vote is pushed into campaign season. Even Jack Evans, Mr. Stadium himself, is expressing doubts: “I support the whole idea, but to do it all so privately and secretively, that’s when you announce it and suddenly have all kinds of critics because you haven’t done the legwork to build support.”

In other news:

President Obama says he may stay in D.C. after his presidency (PostABC News)

Obama spent his “small business Saturday” at Politics & Prose; Eric Holder went to Union Market (Post@mikedebonis)

Costco’s selling really cheap gas — but not without a fight (Post)

The D.C./Maryland joint effort is at the vanguard of local minimum wage pushes (Post)

How a laptop sold to a Louisiana pastor helped being down a major stolen-electronics fence (Post)

Joe Grano — activist for preservation, statehood and a nearly forgotten Italian artist — is dead at 68 (Post)

Washington Post building is sold to Carr Properties for $159 million (PostWBJHousing Complex)

Harry Sewell is officially ousted from Housing Finance Agency (Housing ComplexWBJ)

D.C. insurers won’t be able to extend non-Obamacare-compliant policies, city says (PostWBJAP)

Darrell Issa holds Height Act hearing today; home rule will be at issue (Roll Call)

Mort Zukerman says the Height Act makes D.C. real estate a winning bet (Post)

Jonetta Rose Barras says leave it be (Post column)

The new panda’s name will not be Mulan (Post)

Food truck lottery system starts today (WAMU-FMAP)

Albrecht Muth trial won’t be starting until January (AP)

DCPS is ready to spend money to fix middle schools, Kaya Henderson says (Post)

Vincent Orange finally establishes a campaign committee (Loose Lips)

Jack Evans and Tommy Wells come out against fire department radio encryption (WRC-TV)

Another fire cadet class is ready to hit the street (Post)

Nine new single-role paramedics go on the job today (WAMU-FM)

Deborah Simmons to the roof-seeking Lerners: “What gall” (WaTimes)

While city activists fight deer culls, suburbanites say fire away (Post)

Taxi Commission puts more credit-card processors on notice (WAMU-FM)

Neighbors’ feud in Marshall Heights leads to two deaths (Post)

$10,000 in donations stolen from Salvation Army center in Anacostia (Post)

Rape reported in Friendship Heights (PostWRC-TV)

No, congresswoman’s mugging wasn’t the “knockout game” (Daily News)

Female bikers are often targets of sexual harassment (Post)

Woodridge neighbors want artist lofts, not medical marijuana, please (WJLA-TV)

Fires displace three households the day before Thanksgiving (Post)

North Capitol Street shop owner is shot during robbery attempt (Post)

D.C.’s first “benefit corporation” is established (Post)

All of the ways D.C.’s medical marijuana program is unlike California’s (California News Service)

National Theatre has reopened under new management (APPost)

What JBG has planned for the Florida Avenue site that got Jim Graham in trouble (Housing Complex)

Oak Hill Cemetery chapel is getting a new roof (Dish)

All about living in Hillcrest (Post)

“Horton’s Kids” are Ward 8 youngsters who get tutoring on Capitol Hill (Post)

“Feast of Sharing” is also feast of politicking (PostWRC-TV)

It’s water-main-break season again (WRC-TV)

How John Tydings made a difference (HuffPo)

Turkey Bowl final: Woodson 25, Wilson 13 (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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