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Stadium, D.C. United The deal so complicated no one knows whether to hate it

It’s the public subsidy everyone loves to hate: using city tax dollars to build a sports stadium. But unlike Nationals Park, which the city funded almost entirely on its own, the deal for a D.C. United soccer stadium at Buzzard Point, announced in July, has many moving parts that have made it harder for supporters to embrace or opponents to slam. To acquire the land, the city is preparing to execute a complex series of land swaps that are likely to see the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center at 14th and U streets NW traded to private developer Akridge, a new Reeves Center built in Anacostia, and other properties, potentially including the Metropolitan Police Department headquarters, changing hands. The team, primarily owned by an Indonesian media tycoon, will pay to construct the stadium. There are all sorts of questions about whether the city is getting the maximum value for the coveted sites it’s giving up. But before any of that can happen, the city has to actually cut deals. In November, D.C. blew its first deadline, failing to reach an agreement with Akridge and send it to the D.C. Council for approval by the specified date. That’s put the city’s commitment to assemble all the land and get the necessary approvals by Jan. 1 in doubt. In the meantime, United still plays at increasingly decrepit RFK Stadium.

Our Readers Say

I just hope the "deal" falls through. Let the billionaire pay for his own "ground costs." Let's stop subsidizing this kind of b*llsh*t.
The city would pay the same costs for any major infrastructure project, whether or not it's a stadium. This isn't the Nationals Park screwjob. No one is subsidizing anything.
@ Darth - You are just wrong. The taxpayers of the District of Columbia are giving up the value of the Reeves Center land and also paying for another parcel or two of land. If there was a private developer, the taxpayers would not be losing this value. You are right that it isn't as bad a screwing as for the billionaire Lerner Family and the Nationals Park. But we are getting screwed to benefit another billionaire who owns the soccer team. I say let them find another place or pay for this place themselves. We have other PUBLIC priorities!

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