Anyone who's lived in DC for any amount of time will be stunned
to read today's Post
story, "As Stadium Clock Ticks, DC Officials Bicker
," detailing the difficulties of getting a design for the new baseball stadium
agreed upon. Much of the trouble revolves around the desire (pushed most vehemently by Jack Evans) to have views of the Capitol Dome from as many seats at the stadium as possible. More from the story: "Evans argued that a view beyond center field of one of the city's signature buildings would give fans a sense of place and provide grand shots for national television cameras. At Evans's urging, city planners recently stopped work by Lerner Enterprises
on construction of a 130-foot office building on M Street SE
, one block north of the stadium. People familiar with the matter said the move angered the company, founded and run by Theodore N. Lerner, who is among those bidding to buy the Nationals. City officials said late last week that they will allow the company to resume work because it has abided by city building regulations. Company officials declined to comment. Evans also has discussed limiting the heights of buildings being planned by Monument Realty
, which owns land on N Street SE that abuts the stadium site. City planners worried that such a move would inadvertently harm the creation of an entertainment and shopping district around the ballpark
, which has been promised by another powerful player, the Anacostia Waterfront Corp.
" The article also says that groups are bickering over who has final say on the design. The stadium is supposed to begin construction in March, 2006.