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REDSKINS STADIUM PLANS LEFT IN LIMBO; COOKE TO APPEAL
Published October 14, 1994
Yesterday's setback for Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke's plan to build a stadium in Laurel, MD, raised the possiblity of Cooke's return to the District of Columbia, but DC mayoral candidate Marion Barry said Cooke told him he "would not consider it" (Brown & Koaleski, WASHINGTON POST, 10/14). Cooke told the WASHINGTON TIMES his "only intent" is to appeal the zoning decision of the Anne Arundel County administrative hearing officer, "and win" (Flynn & Neufeld, WASHINGTON TIMES, 10/19). Cooke's appeal "could be far more daunting," as the "stadium's fate could be tangled in months of hearings and deliberative meetings" (Justin Blum, WASHINGTON POST, 10/14). WHITHER DC? Reaction to Cooke's possible return in DC was mixed. Tom Boswell writes that the "answer is definiteley NOT for the the District to open its arms, and wallet, to Cooke." Boswell adds a better approach is to "expand and renovate" RFK Stadium (WASHINGTON POST, 10/14). A WASHINGTON TIMES editorial states that though Cooke may want a new stadium, a "government that does not have enough money to run its own services should not even think about paying for it" (WASHINGTON TIMES, 10/14). A POST editorial states "it is worth pursuit" to examine build on the current site of RFK Stadium (WASHINGTON POST, 10/14).