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RENOVATE REUNION OR BUILD NEW? DALLAS REMAINS UNCERTAIN

     Dallas City Council members "remain split" over whether to
build a new arena for the Stars and Mavericks or renovate Reunion
Arena.  In a meeting on Wednesday, the council discussed the pros
and cons of renovation and construction   -- with some members
saying that talk of renovation "is further slowing down
negotiations."  A "slight majority" favors building a "new state-
of-the-art downtown facility," estimated at $141.1M.  Renovation
costs range from $22.3M to $117.8M (Sylvia Martinez, DALLAS
MORNING NEWS, 2/16).
     ARLINGTON SEEKS ARENA:  A group organized by local business
and civic leaders in Arlington, TX, is planning to collect 25,000
signatures by mid-March and present them to Mavs Owner Don Carter
and Stars Owner Norm Green.  The petition will ask the owners to
"seriously consider Arlington for the arena site if efforts to
strike a deal with the city of Dallas fail" (Karen Lincoln
Michel, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 2/16).
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