Soccer stadium stuck?


(Rendering courtesy of D.C. United)

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: City Administrator Allen Lew said Wednesday that he expects to submit legislation paving the way for a $300 million soccer stadium deal to the D.C. Council no later than Friday. Recall that the legislation was originally supposed to be delivered by the end of 2013, and now recall that land negotiations are far from settled. Lew and Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) admitted that the city has yet to come to terms with landowners including businessman Mark D. Ein, with Gray — unprompted — mentioning the prospect of an eminent domain fight. Said Lew, ” it’s kind of come to, I wouldn’t say a total stalemate, but we’re not in agreement on the numbers.”

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Kelvin Robinson will keep his D.C. Health Link job for now (DofD)

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New bike-only signals debut along M Street cycletrack (WashCycle)

Jim Graham continues tilting at pop-ups (WTOP)

A second woman is slashed by mugger on Capitol Hill (Hill RagWJLA-TV)

Motorist who drive onto White House grounds may seek mental health evaluation (Post)

Shame on the Corcoran Gallery board (Post letter)

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Oh, VO (Loose Lips)

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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