, WMATA has re-posted its Invitation for Bids
to purchase the Southeastern Bus Garage land at 17 M Street, with a new deadline of 2 pm Aug. 28, at which time the bids will be opened and a winner immediately chosen. Minimum bid price is still $60 million, and settlement is to be held on Nov. 30. The IFB still contains a leaseback provision, requiring that the bidder rent the land back to Metro for 36 months. UPDATE:
Here's the Metro press release
on the sale process being re-opened.
So, it looks like the temporary detour taken when the city briefly expressed an interest
in buying the property and then withdrew that interest
(would love to know the real story behind that) has only caused about a one-month delay in the bid process. But does this mean WMATA will still have to be operating this very busy garage when the ballpark
opens a block away, or is there still enough time for them to get a temporary facility built at DC Village before April 2008?
On the bright side, this means there will be at least one
Near Southeast news item in August; otherwise, I think it's gonna be a little quiet around here over the next few weeks, other than some photo updates of the stadium
, the Douglass Bridge, Onyx
, and 70 I
. But it's not necessarily a bad thing--even obsessive-compulsive webmasters can use a bit of a breather once in a while!