Tuesday, 11 Dec 2018

Redskins, D.C.

Liz Clarke Reporter Covering the Washington Redskins Mike DeBonis Congressional Reporter Covering the House of Representatives December 7 at 4:30 PM Washington Redskins Owner Daniel Snyder is getting help from District Officials, Congressional Republicans and the Trump Administration a new, 60,000-seat stadium on the site of RFK Stadium. Nearly three years after the Redskins unveiled futuristic designs for their next football stadium, the team has been working in the Republic of the United States. to know people with the effort. The provision for the NFL stadium and other commercial development on the 190-acre site was the setting of the team's greatest triumphs. By tucking it into a complex spending bill, the team and local officials could be of some interest to the other parties for the coveted parcel of land would be a wider swath of D.C. residents. The provision would have to be built at the RFK site, and the District Government would retain control of the property. But it could give fresh momentum to the D.C. plan before officials in Maryland or Virginia have an opportunity to make a meaningful play for the project. The effort comes from trying to reduce the number of people in the country to a certain extent. It also comes in the wake of Reuben Foster's team of widely panned decision-to-linebacker after his second arrest for a domestic violence incident. The Redskins were the only NFL team to pursue the troubled player after he was dropped by San Francisco and Adrian Peterson, who had served an NFL suspension in 2014 in connection with child-abuse charges in disciplining his . [Jay Gruden on Redskins’ Reuben Foster decision: ‘We’ll deal with the outcry’] While controversy over the team's name has subsided, it still vehemently opposed as racially offensive by some Native American groups. In 2014, 50 U.S. senators sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell urging him to change the name. Ryan Zinke and some Congressional Republicans, according to the officials of the Secretary of State. Former White House legislative director Marc Short, a Virginia native and Redskins fan, is among those who have sponsored the plan, one official said. He declined to comment Friday. Heather Swift, a senior Interior Department official, said the department would not comment on legislation. Redskins President Bruce Allen did not respond to a request for comment. Developing the RFK site, which is on federally owned land along the Anacostia River, is politically fraught. The city controls the land only through 2038 under a National Park Service lease that states the land must be used for "stadium purposes" or "recreational facilities, open space, or public outdoor recreation opportunities" only, precluding commercial development. According to official and official language, the language under consideration would be extended to the existing lease for 99 years and the language of recreation-only language, thus opening the site to other, commercial development. A democratic congressional helps who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe internal discussions. But no specific text has been presented, and Democrats have taken a position on whether they would support their inclusion in the final bill. The fate of the bill remains in flux. 21. But partisan division remains over funding for President Trump's proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall, which threatens to derail any agreement and spark a partial government shutdown. [Trump signs short-term spending bill keeping government funded through Dec. 21] Maryland officials have not given up their efforts to keep the Redskins Stadium in their jurisdiction. The office of Gov. Larry Hogan (R) acknowledged Friday the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the Interior Department in September 2017 to give the state control over the 300-acre tract of federal land in Oxon Cove, adjacent to MGM National Harbor in Prince George's County. Hogan's vision is to offer that site for a stadium. Interest by Virginia officials in landing the next stadium is less feverish under Gov. Ralph Northam (D) than predecessor Terry McAuliffe (D), who vigorously courted Snyder. Northam secured a bigger price in November, when Amazon announced it would build one of its two new headquarters in Crystal City, creating as many as 25,000 new jobs. Among the local officials playing a key role are D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) and Beverly Perry, a top aide to D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D). D.C. House Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D), who has spoken out against the team's name but also tends to defer to the wishes of local officials, is also involved in the process. Said Norton in a statement: "Regretted to work on multiple legislative options for the redevelopment of the RFK site." Evans declined to comment, as did Bowser's chief of staff, John Falcicchio. Snyder, who has taken pains to cultivate Republicans in power and donated $ 1 million to President Trump's inauguration fund. Timing is significant to the city, too. When Bowser Reached the Prospect of Extending the Lease During the Obama Administration, with an eye toward a new Redskins stadium, the Interior Department declined, with Secretary Sally Jewell saying it was unlikely to rework the agreement to accommodate an organization. a "relic of the past" and should be changed. Leaders of the incoming Democratic majority in the House could raise similar concerns. City officials have long had their eyes on the site, becoming an adjacent 67-acre tract of federal territory to the south. Bowser asked Trump in a March 2017 letter for "a full transfer of jurisdiction or an extension of the term of the lease for an additional 100 years with a removal of restriction of the use of the property." The letter was also sent to Zinke . "We believe the site can be transformed into a green space, and it may be important to us," she wrote. But inside the District, locating a stadium on the RFK site has been controversially, with residents in adjacent neighborhoods and other activists calling for the development to focus instead on creating accessible green space and easing a deepening housing crunch. DC Council member Charles Allen (D-Ward 6), who represents the neighborhoods west of the stadium site, said it would be an "incredibly wrong decision" to build a new stadium and feared that residents could lose the potential in the future. site. "All we're going to get to know we've got already, which is a place that is not used on the edge of a neighborhood said. "Every dollar and every inch of the land we are going to have, and we are going to have a lot of money." The Redskins' lease to play at Landover FedEx Field expires in 2027. For Snyder, the remaining years at the stadium that form team owner Jack Kent Cooke, built largely with his own money. FedEx Field Says FedEx Field as a Liability – a drain on its bottom line, shinier comes from its rival NFC East Jerry Jones, whose Dallas Cowboys opened high -tech AT & T Stadium in 2009, and his counterparts in Atlanta, Minneapolis, San Francisco and New York. The standard for NFL has been raised by Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke. The price tag of his Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park, which includes a large commercial complex, has ballooned past $ 4 billion. Kroenke and his wife – Ann Walton, an heiress of the Walmart fortune – has pledged $ 1.6 trillion of their own money toward the cost. Snyder hopes to create something similar on the RFK site, albeit on a smaller scale. Rather than a stand-alone NFL stadium plopped in a parking lot, like FedEx, he wants to the team's new stadium to be the center of a vibrant commercial district that would be a year-round destination, thus insulating the project, in theory, from which it would be used for just 10 home games per year. The city, not Snyder, would retain control of the development. But Snyder could negotiate with them at least to a certain extent. In August, a $ 489 million master plan for a redevelopment project was included in the NFL stadium among them. Two D.C. officials said the city and the team have explored the options for securing the site for redevelopment, including the possibility of a transfer from the federal government to the city. But that process has gotten off the ground and is now becoming more viable. From Bowser's perspective, a new Redskins stadium at RFK would be the crowning achievement of the ongoing initiative, in partnership with DC Events, to position Washington as "a sports capital." National Park, which opened in 2008 during Mayor Anthony Williams's administration, serves Navy Yard area. Under Bowser's watch, D.C. United opened its $ 400-500 million, 20,000-seat Audi Field at Buzzard Point in June. A city-funded sports and entertainment venue opened this year in Ward 8, hosting the Washington Wizards' training center and the home courts of the WNBA's Mystics and a new NBA G League affiliate. At the Redskins' annual Welcome Home luncheon in August, Bowser would like to say that it would be a new stadium, sitting beside Snyder at the head table and taking care of the dais to declare, "Bring it Home! "- alluding to the place team played from 1961 to 1996. Joining Bowser at the luncheon at DC's Marriott Marquis were DC Council members, including DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D-Ward 7). Read more at PowerPost.

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