And just as I post this, the WTOP story
appears: "A compromise on parking at the new Nationals stadium has been reached, WTOP has learned. The deal calls for above and below ground parking, according to a spokesman for Mayor Tony Williams. Western Development Co., owned by Herb Miller, would build the 1,225 parking spaces. Some of the spaces would be underground while most would be masked by retail shops and condos." If indeed a compromise "has been reached", I would hope this means that the Lerners have already agreed to it. Sounds like the press conference will be around 10:30 am--it's possible that DC Cable 16
will carry it.
The Associated Press is reporting
(well, they attribute it to WTOP, but I can't find evidence of it on the WTOP site; there's also a WJLA video report) that Mayor Williams will be holding a press conference today to discuss a compromise proposal on the stadium
parking garages: "WTOP Radio is reporting that Williams will propose a plan providing a combination of above and below ground parking at the site (which is also the description of the plan described by WBJ late Friday
to sell the parking lot land to Herbert Miller's Western Development Corporation). Mayoral spokesman Vince Morris tells the station that the above ground parking will be hidden behind stores and condominiums." The brief doesn't say whether the Lerners are on board. I guess we shall see. In the grand scheme, this still means "boxes" just to the north of the stadium that will obscure some or all of the stadium's facade to the anticipated 70 percent of visitors who will arrive from the Metro stations on M Street, but certainly having retail and other "live" stuff is better looking than parking lots.