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Velocity Condos ('09)
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909 New Jersey Ave. ('09)
55 M ('09)
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Onyx ('08)
70/100 I ('08)
Nationals Park ('08)
Seniors Bldg Demo ('07)
400 M ('07)
Douglass Bridge Fix ('07)
US DOT HQ ('07)
20 M ('07)
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Capitol Hill Tower ('06)
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Starting a new clean entry... The Post's print version of the lease agreement story is now available, "Baseball Consents To Revised Lease Deal", which gives both the good news and the bad news in the lede: "District leaders reached an agreement on a revised stadium lease with Major League Baseball yesterday that includes a commitment from baseball for a $3.5 million youth academy but fell short of fully answering the concerns of some key D.C. Council members." And, just to add to the peppyness: "Meanwhile, some changes to the lease drew strong objections from Natwar M. Gandhi, the city's chief financial officer. [...] Gandhi noted that the new document deleted a monetary reserve account that Wall Street bond raters had requested. Gandhi is seeking investment-grade bonds for the stadium project to get a lower interest rate for the city." And, while quoted as carping earlier in the story, two council members seem to grudgingly admit that there's been progress: "Brown and Gray acknowledged that the city has won some significant concessions. In addition to the academy, which would teach children about baseball and provide academic tutoring, the city would get 2,000 additional free tickets for disadvantaged youth." And finally, because nothing can ever be easy: "Williams promised to send more documentation about capping stadium costs in a separate document called the Construction Administration Agreement, Brown and Gray said. That agreement, which is expected to specify how the construction companies contracted by the city would build the stadium, will be voted on separately by the council, setting up the possibility of another tough political fight for the mayor." UPDATE: The WashTimes story is similar, with explanations of the agreements between the city and MLB.

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WTOP is reporting that the city and Major League Baseball have reached agreement on negotiations over the stadium lease agreement. It has been decided to not use the Deutsche Bank private financing agreement, and to instead go with traditional financing. MLB has also agreed to develop a youth baseball facility, to increase the number of free tickets given to disadvantaged children, and to lease RFK in 2008 if the stadium is not completed in time. There's also a comment about the city and the team splitting profits on land sold for development, which sounds kind of odd, will wait to hear an explanation of that.
UPDATE, 1:15 pm: WTOP's article has been updated and expanded, and includes this explanation of the land sale item: "It does say parcels at the south end of the stadium site can be sold to developers. The proceeds would be split between the team and the District with the city receiving 57.5 percent of proceeds and the Nationals receiving 42.5 percent."
UPDATE, 8:11 pm: Here is the Post story, which says that the council is scheduled to vote on the agreement on Feb. 7, and that Mayor Williams " was expected to deliver a letter to the council with additional promises that would help protect the city against potential cost overruns, his aides said." Also, here is Mayor Bow Tie's press release.
UPDATE, 9:25 pm: Interesting explanation from a Reuters story: "According to a D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission memorandum obtained by Reuters, the changes to a private portion of the ballpark financing would free the city from funding a reserve account. It had previously agreed to fund a $60 million reserve to boost the ratings on $256 million of bonds to be sold privately to Deutsche Bank."
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