Soccer stadium deal lands with legislators


Agreements are in place with all stadium-site landowners, but plenty of potential pitfalls remain. (D.C. United)

The D.C. United stadium deal landed in the D.C. Council’s legislative hopper Friday afternoon with a surprise: Not only has the city come to terms with the team, but it also has a provisional deal with two key landowners. Those landowners, businessman Mark D. Ein and the Super Salvage scrapyard, said they “agreed to take a significant discount … in order to get this stadium built if that is what the residents and taxpayers of Washington decide they want.” That remains a pretty big “if,” the Post’s Jonathan O’Connell and Aaron C. Davis write: “In any year, the deal would stand as a defining achievement for a big-city mayor, but with about seven months remaining in a lame-duck term, persuading a majority of the council to support the plan could take every ounce of political capital that Gray (D) still has. It may not be enough.” Perhaps the stickiest wicket: Why is the Frank D. Reeves Center, currently tax-assessed at more than $128 million, being traded away for $55 million?

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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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