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DEBATE CONTINUES ON NEW DC ARENA PROPOSAL

     A memo was prepared this week by the National Capital
Planning Commission (NCPC) asking DC officials to reassess the
feasibility of building a new sports facility at Gallery Place,
and to better explain why other locations were ruled out.
Approval by the NCPC, which represents federal interests in local
planning, is just one of a number of hurdles facing
Bullets/Capitals Owner Abe Pollin in his quest to break ground on
the new arena this summer.  The NCPC memo was prepared in
response to a draft environmental assessment of the arena
prepared for the city.  The NCPC is scheduled to vote on the
arena proposal in late June, after reviewing a revised report
from the city and hearing public comments.  Local groups are
already starting to voice opinions on the site-selection process
(Maryann Haggerty, WASHINGTON POST, 5/5).  A WASHINGTON BUSINESS
JOURNAL editorial raises doubt about the Gallery Place site,
saying it "may indeed be workable, but many questions are far
from being answered" (WASHINGTON BUSINESS JOURNAL, 5/5-11).
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