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DC Council Approves Plans For Parking Garages At Ballpark

DC Council Unanimously Approves Parking
Garage Plans At Nationals’ New Ballpark

The DC Council unanimously authorized the city to partner with Western Development “on a plan to build two parking garages with condominiums and retail space on the north side” of the Nationals’ new ballpark, according to Tim Lemke of the WASHINGTON TIMES. The approval comes “despite strong objections from the Nationals’ new ownership group, which last week called the development ‘speculative’ and a threat to the city’s ability to complete the stadium project on time.” Under the plan, DC would sell the land needed for the project to Western for $61M. Western and two other developers, the Jarvis Company and Jair Lynch Companies, “would be in charge of the project, and the city would pay for the parking portion of the development.” CFO Natwar last week said that he “would not recommend the sale of the land to Western until the company finalized the financing for the deal.” He also “asked that the city be protected against any damages if Western were late in delivering the parking requirement” (WASHINGTON TIMES, 7/12). Western President Herb Miller said he is “finalizing paperwork” on his financing plan (WASHINGTON POST, 7/12).

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