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BOSTON MEGAPLEX SITES EXAMINED; BOB KRAFT PLAYS TOUR GUIDE

     The special convention center commission investigating a
possible Boston megaplex said yesterday that both Summer Street
in South Boston and CrossTown in Lower Roxbury "can be made to
work."  The commission learned both sites have "environmental,
traffic and other pluses and minuses" but nothing has surfaced to
disqualify either location (Phil Primack, BOSTON HERALD, 5/11).
With recommendations due by the commission on June 1, the the
development team "pushing" CrossTown announced that Lehman
Brothers had agreed to underwrite their bonds and Cruz
Construction Co. and Suffolk Construction Co. have "signed on" as
construction partners (Richard Kindleberger, BOSTON GLOBE, 5/10).
     PATRIOTS GETTING ANTSY?  The commission toured Foxboro
Stadium with Patriots Owner Robert Kraft and came away with the
impression that Kraft may "move the Patriots if no new stadium is
built."  Kraft described Foxboro as "charming" but "economically
obsolete."  State Sen. Robert Travaglini: "(Kraft) made it
abundantly clear to us that if the present conditions do not
change, they leave.  I fully believe that and the thought
frightens me" (BOSTON HERALD, 5/11).
     CLEVELAND ON THE CHARLES?  The Red Sox are looking at
Cleveland's Jacobs Field as a model of how to build/finance a new
stadium (Nick Cafardo, BOSTON GLOBE, 5/11).
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