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The city council has released the four-page Stadium Cap amendment passed in the wee hours on Tuesday night. A 4:00 pm Post story about the release says that as of early today, baseball officials said they had not seen the legislation; don't know if that has changed.
UPDATE, 5:55 pm: An AP wire story says that MLB has now received the documents, but that they will not issue a response until Friday, at the earliest. But who knows, someone might whisper to someone, and we'll hear about it sooner.
UPDATE, 10: 55 pm: The print version of the Post's story is now available, now including some choice words from Bud Selig: " 'When it comes to demagoguery, a lot of what happened down there would have made Huey Long blush.' "
UPDATE, 2:20 am: And here is the WashTimes story, " MLB Receives Stadium Lease Papers." On the issue of a new team owner perhaps being on the hook for cost overruns: "Last year, MLB accepted bids from eight groups for the team, and settled on a $450 million sale price based on terms that included a ballpark fully financed by the city. If MLB accepts the cap legislation, it might then ask bidders if they would still meet that price, even if they are vulnerable to being responsible for cost overruns. 'This might knock that [$450 million] price right out the window,' said one bidder."
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Let's see if I can remember how to post an entry that doesn't have to do with the stadium... ANC 6D has posted its February Meeting agenda, which has a number of Near Southeast items. First, there will be a presentation by the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation on their plans. Then there will be a (re?)discussion of the proposed alley closings on Square 743N petitioned for by Faison to allow for the construction of two towers on 1st Street. There will also be presentation on the BZA application for the planned JPI residential project at 70/100 Street SE, which should give us our first peek at what's being planned for that site. Finally, there is a public space permit application by the Courtyard by Marriott hotel at 1st and L streets SE for a sidewalk cafe (which might be just fancy talk for an outdoor seating area connected to any food service the hotel will be having). The ANC meeting is on Monday, Feb. 13 at 7 pm, at 65 I Street SW.


I can't believe how many times and in how many places I've read in the past few days that the new baseball stadium will be built in Southwest DC, which is 100% incorrect. So let's all review the following, commit it to memory, and make sure to tell your friends, neighbors, enemies, local reporters, etc.:

The new Nationals baseball stadium will be built in SOUTHEAST DC.

It will NOT be built in the "Anacostia" section of Southeast DC; it will be near the Anacostia River, but will be WEST of the river, not EAST.

Thank you. We now return your to your regularly scheduled programming.

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The Feb. 10 DC Register includes the following: "The Council of the District of Columbia hereby gives notice of its intention to take action in less than fiften (15) days on PR16-641, the "Design Build and Completion Guarantee Agreement fo the DC Major League Baseball Park Approval Resolution of 2006". The Council needs to act on this resolution expeditiously in order to avoid delays in the planning and construction of the ballpark."
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WTOP is reporting "Court Ruling Clears Way for Stadium Plans": "In the appeal, the Siegel Group asked the court for an injunction in D.C.'s eminent domain case, citing that the city does not have the right to take land from owners and that the District under-appraised the value of the land. In its ruling, the court said decisions about eminent domain rest with the mayor and the city council and that courts do not have the authority to second guess the city's decisions. The court also ruled that the District's estimates of the land value were made in good faith." There is still the Feb. 24 court hearing on "the District's motion to take possession of the disputed land parcels. The judge in that hearing will determine the date that owners must vacate the land so the city can begin construction. After the Feb. 24 hearing, subsequent valuations trials will be held to determine the fair market price the city must pay land owners." UPDATE: Here is the Mayor's press release.

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The WashTimes Day 2 story also has actual information about the stadium construction, which of course is all I was ever really interested in :). "The construction team [...] has told the city it would like to begin preparing the site for construction by March 1. But first, the city must gain possession of 14 acres at the ballpark site. It filed a court order in D.C. Superior Court asking a judge to force out property owners by last Tuesday, but a ruling is not expected until Feb. 24. The city is focused on acquiring land in the south section of the ballpark site first because that is where the heaviest construction must take place. Meanwhile, in a somewhat surprising development, consultants hired by the sports commission to handle environmental remediation on the ballpark site have reduced their fee from $8 million to about $6.3 million because initial tests of the site do not show as much contamination as expected[...]. Heavy environmental problems had been expected because of the presence of an asphalt plant, trash transfer facility and other industrial buildings."
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