Now I don’t claim any expertise in the byzantine affairs of DC city politics but this has to seem like good news.
A coalition of D.C. Council members is drafting legislation that would authorize Mayor Adrian M. Fenty to spend $150 million in public money to subsidize construction of a soccer stadium for D.C. United in Southeast Washington, city government sources said.
The city would finance construction bonds with excess tax revenue being collected by the District to pay for the baseball stadium. D.C. United would be responsible for paying for any costs above $150 million, according to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the plan is still being finalized.
It looks very much like the deal United proposed about a year ago, but if the deal works out and DC gets its stadium, no one will remember the delay. The story goes on the say that nothing is done and the debate could be contentious, but with the allies that United ownership have assembled behind the Poplar Point plan (Barry, et al), I would imagine that it would proceed through the City Council.