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  • DOME IN NORTH HOUSTON CALLED "IMPOSSIBLE"

         TX state Rep. Kevin Brady said it is "impossible" for
    Montgomery County to subsidize a domed stadium for Oilers owner
    Bud Adams.  Brady claims that county officials "have known for
    four months that they lack the financial firepower" to build on
    the site north of Houston, but continued to give the "impression
    they could build" such a facility because they want Montgomery
    County to be seen as a regional business leader.  Brady: "It is
    just that the numbers are impossible.  That is why the rest of us
    didn't jump on it."  News that Rockets Owner Leslie Alexander did
    not want to move his team to Montgomery County also hurt the
    project (John Williams, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 9/27).
    

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  • PUBLIC OWNERSHIP OF TIGER STADIUM CONSIDERED

         "Key figures in the effort to get a new baseball stadium in
    Detroit are working on plans for financing that include public
    ownership."  The plans might include a Wayne County, MI, tax on
    hotels, restaurant meals and rental cars.  The tax is allowed
    under law, but would require approval by county voters.  The
    deadline has passed to put measures on the November 8 ballot, and
    the next scheduled countywide election is November, 1996.  Lisa
    Ilitch Murray, spokesperson for the Build the Ballpark office,
    said it does not matter to the Ilitch family who owns the
    stadium.  Tigers owner Mike Ilitch had offered to finance the
    $175M construction of a stadium -- if the state put up as much as
    $200M to buy land, demolish buildings and reconfigure roads.  But
    state bills to provide state funding "stalled ... after critics
    said the state shouldn't subsidize a stadium for a wealthy
    owner."  Lawmakers are expected to consider a stadium financing
    plan between the November 8 election and the end of the year
    (Tina Lam, DETROIT FREE PRESS, 9/27).
         STRIKE HURTS EFFORTS?  An editorial in CRAIN'S DETROIT
    BUSINESS notes that the strike "isn't a good sign" for Ilitch's
    proposed stadium (9/19-26).
    

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