The Nats owners have finally broken their silence on Mayor Baseball's plan to wrap the required stadium parking with mixed-use offerings, according to "Nats Owners Attack DC Parking Plan
" in Saturday's Post: "Incoming team president Stan Kasten released a written statement yesterday discrediting the plan that the D.C. Council appears poised to approve next week. Kasten said the plan is shaky and threatens to blow the construction deadline and budget for the project, which could delay completion of the stadium and cost the team and the city "tremendous losses" in the tens of millions. He urged its rejection." The council's
Government Operations subcommittee approved the plan today 5-0, and Jack Evans is quoted as predicting the council will approve the plan on Tuesday if CEO Gandhi certifies it. If it doesn't happen, or if the project goes south, the city will be in for millions in penalties if there's no parking ready on-site when the stadium opens. So let's close with an optimistic it'll-all-work-out quote from Stan Kasten: " 'The proposal will not work for many reasons,' Kasten said. 'But most important, it has the potential to cause considerable damage. Our efforts to create a strong fan base will also be harmed for years to come.' " UPDATE:
Here is the short WashTimes piece on the parking ("City Can Sell Land Next to Stadium
"), which corrects my mistake on which council subcommittee approved the plan on Friday. The Economic Development subcommittee will vote Monday, and the full council on Tuesday. Also, the WashPost editorial page weighed in today in support of the plan
(as long as CEO Gandhi approves it).