Technically, it was a formality (although with this crew, you never know), but the final reading of the stadium
lease agreement just passed the city council, 9-4. Will post stories here as they become available.
UPDATE, 9:04 pm:
In the meantime, what's next, other than much rejoicing from some quarters
and doom and gloom from others
? The design should be unveiled soon, and will have to get approval from the Zoning Commission
. The city will probably get back in front of Judge Zeldon ASAP to get the ruling to evict the landowners
in the stadium footprint. The bonds to actually fund everything will be sold sometime in 4-6 weeks. And MLB will name an owner, maybe by opening day? Then there will be (perhaps in mid-April) news from the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation
as to the plans for the Ballpark District
--I would hazard a guess that they're going to try real hard to have at least the stretch along Half Street between M and L well-developed with restaurants and retail by Opening Day 2008. Which means that the city and WMATA need to figure out where that Half Street bus depot is going to go. And maybe by early May demolition will begin. And... and... and....
UPDATE, 10:28 pm:
Here is the AP story about the votes
. Jack Evans is quoted as saying that the city hopes to unveil the designs next week, with a groundbreaking in late April.
UPDATE, 12:57 am:
And the WashTimes story
, which has this item: "Clark officials already have locked in prices on most of the stadium materials, including steel. Those prices remain valid as long as construction begins before June. Sports commission officials said the construction team can complete the stadium in time for Opening Day in 2008 provided they have access to the land soon. However, the stadium could open as late as July 31 of that season without penalty from the league."