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RED TAPE MUST BE CUT BEFORE POLLIN CAN BUILD
Published January 12, 1995
Abe Pollin's downtown arena project "has a long way to go" before any games can be played in the new building, according to a report in this morning's WASHINGTON POST. Although DC Mayor Marion Barry says that the project is on the "fast track," Pollin must win an "array of bureaucratic approvals and a mountain of official papers must be pushed." In the coming weeks, the DC Council will have to take "four separate votes on arena matters." Among the issues to be voted on: the collection of a tax from city businesses to pay for the city's share of development costs ($20M), financing details, and approval of a binding lease for city property at Gallery Place. The deal also requires approval from Congress and zoning authorities, and an "environmental assessment" (Howard Schneider, WASHINGTON POST, 1/12).