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  • NEW BOSTON GARDEN CORP. KEEPS EYE ON MEGAPLEX PLANS

         The Boston City Council "will wade into the megaplex muddle"
    today when it conducts a hearing on sites and other proposals for
    a new convention center that may or may not include fixed
    seating.  The hearing is being held weeks before the Boston
    Redevelopment Authority is set to release its "long-awaited
    report on convention center sites."  New Boston Garden Corp.
    President Larry Moulter said he intends to discuss the issue of
    "venue compatibility."  Moulter said The Shawmut Center, built
    with private funds, should not have to compete with a publicly-
    financed facility.  Moulter: "This is the first forum to help the
    public appreciate that these buildings should complement, not
    compete with, each other" (Phil Primack, BOSTON HERALD, 10/5).  A
    new domed stadium is no longer the focus of the Megaplex plan.
    

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  • SUIT CHALLENGES LAND CONDEMNATION FOR ARLINGTON STADIUM SITE

         There is a "fierce legal feud" that has developed over land
    near The Ballpark in Arlington.  The Mathes family, which owns
    the land, has sued the city of Arlington and the Rangers to
    challenge the city's purchase of the land.  They charge that the
    team and the city "conspired" to improperly condemn the property
    when a sale price could not be agreed upon.  The 270-acre stadium
    complex will be leased from the city for $3.5M/year until it is
    available for purchase in ten years (Ken Dilanian, FT. WORTH
    STAR-TELEGRAM, 10/5).
         BEHIND THE SCENES:  Arlington real-estate broker and Rangers
    part-owner Mike Reilly mediated several of the proceedings to
    obtain private properties on the proposed stadium site.  A memo
    from Reilly to Rangers co-owner Tom Schieffer states that the
    initial offer for the Mathes property should be the "final
    offer," to be followed by condemnation proceedings.  The memo
    also says the Rangers should consider establishing "development
    standards" with Arlington city officials to give the Rangers "a
    tremendous amount of 'quiet' control over the land parcels you
    [the Rangers] do not own in this area" -- meaning the team would
    have a key role in determining development standards in the area
    near the stadium.  Arlington City Attorney Jay Doegey admitted
    that Reilly "may have overstepped his bounds" (Selwyn Crawford,
    DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 10/6).
         POLITICAL PLOT?  The Mathes suit has become "fodder for
    political gamesmanship" in the TX gubernatorial race.  Rangers
    Managing General Partner George W. Bush is a named defendant in
    the suit but says he had "no personal involvement."  Bush calls
    the suit "a money issue" intended to "pressure" him during the
    campaign.  But Gov. Ann Richards' office describes the actions,
    if as alleged, as "the height of hypocrisy" (FT. WORTH STAR-
    TELEGRAM, 10/5).
    

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