From the Post
: "Major League Baseball today signed a lease for the Washington Nationals use of a proposed $611 million stadium project along the Anacostia Waterfront, clearing the way for the city to begin construction of the stadium and baseball to move ahead with the sale of the team,
according to sources familiar with the process. Baseball delivered a signed document to the D.C. Sports & Entertainment Commission on Sunday afternoon, with a provision that the lease not become effective until the city begins its sale of the bonds to cover the stadium project, sources said. The document, which was delivered to the city attorneys representing the D.C. Sports Commission, also contains a number of other conditions, sources said." And,for my favorite part: "A major condition was that the document does not become legally binding if the city enacts further legislation that is contrary to the stadium funding plan it passed last month, sources said." What does it mean? Is it really good to go? I want to see a bit more information first. See you after the Oscars.
UPDATE, 9:44 pm:
Here is the AP story
, containing this line, which is why I haven't been jumping up and down with glee just yet: "DuPuy said the lease will go into effect if the Council agrees to several provisions, including an agreement that the city not enact any legislation that violates the terms of the lease." This whole process has made me a wee bit gunshy of declaring "Ballgame
" until we've got some more details, but hopefully all will be well.
UPDATE, 11:53 pm:
The updated Post story, "MLB Officials Sign Lease for D.C. Stadium
," does seem to have a feeling that this is all done. In addition, I saw Adrian Fenty interviewed on ABC7, and he said even though it was a bad deal for the city, it's time to move forward. So perhaps this really is finally completed, although I might not be completely convinced until there are shovels in the ground :-).