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DEBATE CONTINUES ON NEW DC ARENA PROPOSAL
Published May 5, 1995
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).