Public-private practice


The Wizards’ current practice facility is tucked into the bowels of Verizon Center. (Dan Steinberg/The Washington Post)

A soccer stadium might not be the only new sporting facility in the city’s future: Sports mogul Ted Leonsis said last month he’s looking to build a basketball practice facility for his Wizards and Mystics, and indications are that downtown D.C. is his favored locale. But to observers of the real estate market, Jonathan O’Connell reports in Capital Business, paying beaucoup bucks for tens of thousands of square feet in the region’s most expensive property market doesn’t make a lot of sense. What might make more sense is including the facility in the redevelopment of public land — the RFK Stadium/D.C. Armory campus, for instance, or D.C. Housing Authority headquarters in NoMa. Says a Leonsis spokesman, “He’d really like to do something for D.C.”

In other news:

Irv Nathan and Ron Machen strike a deal over Chartered settlement documents (PostLoose LipsWRC-TVWAMU-FMAP)

“We’re bothered by high-ranking officials who try to obstruct federal investigations. And we think it insults District residents to suggest that they shouldn’t — and don’t — care about what really happened in 2010.” (Post editorial)

Payment processor’s failure means 846 cabbies need to find new credit card equipment (Dr. GridlockWAMU-FMCity Desk)

Albrecht Muth trial Day 4: Jurors see crime scene photos, police interview; expert says body was moved (APHomicide Watch)

Beverley Wheeler quits Ward 1 race, endorses Brianne Nadeau (Loose Lips)

Vince Gray has a web ad (DofDLoose LipsDCist)

Everyone wants to be Bill de Blasio (Washingtonian)

Andy Shallal and Tommy Wells on education (GGW)

Gay activists stand up for Hizzoner (Blade)

Organ donors could get big tax credits under council proposal (WRC-TV)

Robert Wilkins is confirmed by Senate, filling D.C. Circuit and opening trial bench seat (Post PoliticsLegal Times)

West End Library fight: Modern-day range war? (Post column)

Foot for foot, West End outprices Georgetown (UrbanTurf)

Vernon Jordan will lead search for new Howard president (Post)

In defense of the bag tax (Post)

Three young men stabbed near Benning-Stoddert rec center (Post)

Bigger city needs bigger police force? (WAMU-FM)

Streetcars aren’t about speed, silly (Housing Complex)

Giant apologizes for Howard University-themed ad featuring white girl (WBJ)

Goodbye, Mr. Wash. Hello, condos. (UrbanTurf)

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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