D.C. loves soccer, but a new stadium?

One of the renderings of complex the developer wants to replace the Reeves Building with in a land swap with the city. (Akridge)
Developer discusses plans for Reeves Municipal Center site

wtopstaff | November 15, 2014 10:14 am

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WASHINGTON — D.C. United soccer has released renderings of a new, proposed soccer stadium that is planned for Buzzards Point in Southwest D.C., but it is not clear yet when the D.C. council will vote for it, if at all.

Or, whether D.C. residents are even ready for it.

The cost of the $300 million project would be split between the city and the team. The stadium site would be acquired in a land swap that gives the District’s Reeves Municipal Center at the corner of 14th and U Streets to developer Akridge,which wants to demolish the municipal center and build a new mixed residential/retail complex. Other land for the stadium would be acquired through eminent domain.

The cost to the city is estimated at $161 million, which would include moving the government offices from the Reeves Center to a new office space in Anacostia, officials said.

The plans were revealed Friday public hearing. Debate over what should be done with the Reeves property is ongoing, as are the parking/transportation concerns that would accompany the new stadium.

Right now, it is not clear how much support the new stadium has.

Muriel Bowser, mayoral candidate and councilwoman says the supporters need to take the summer and “engage the citizenry around the stadium.” A Council vote on the issue may take place — but so far nothing is scheduled — next year.

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WTOP’s Mike Murillo contributed to this report

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