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  • Lew Wolff Gets Land From San Jose, Could Lead To MLS Stadium

    San Jose City Council
    Approves Land Sale To Wolff
    The San Jose City Council yesterday unanimously agreed to sell 66 acres to MLS Earthquakes Owner Lew Wolff and his business partners for a $132M "retail, office and hotel deal," which is the "first step toward building a professional soccer stadium," according to Joshua Molina of the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS. Wolff plans to "set aside 18 acres for the 18,000-seat soccer stadium and parking." But Wolff "will only be able to build the stadium if the city later agrees to a separate deal to rezone 78 acres of commercial and industrial property" Wolff owns in Edenvale, as Wolff plans to pay for the stadium "with the profit from selling that land to housing developers." If the "soccer deal does go through, the stadium would be donated to the city and the Earthquakes would lease the land." Any stadium project would "need to undergo several rounds of environmental review and public scrutiny before approval" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 5/21).

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  • MLS Crew Nearing Deal For New Practice Facility In Hilliard

    Crew Nearing Deal For
    $19.5M Practice Facility
    Hilliard, Ohio, has "emerged as the likely site of a $19.5[M]" practice facility for the MLS Crew and a central Ohio youth soccer complex, according to Pramik & Mitchell of the COLUMBUS DISPATCH. Pizzuti Cos. Dir of Special Projects Shannon Hamons, whose company is repping the Crew in selecting a location for the project, said that a 150-acre parcel of land in Hilliard is "being considered for the project," and added that a decision "should be made by the end of June." The project would include indoor and outdoor practice fields for the Crew and "eight lighted fields for youth-league players." Hamons added that the Crew also is "considering locations in Columbus and Delaware County." The state this week "designated $500,000 in its two-year construction budget for the project to be built" in Hilliard, and the state "did not earmark money for the facility at any other site." Hilliard Mayor Don Schonhardt yesterday said that a "key is how funding will come together." Pramik & Mitchell note "tax increment financing is being considered to help pay" for the facility's infrastructure. Schonhardt said that the Hilliard site also would "include a building that would house the Crew's locker rooms and fitness facilities and include a sports medicine practice that would be open to the public" (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 5/21).

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  • Facility Notes

    In San Jose, Mike Swift wrote S.F.’s bid to keep the 49ers has become “enmeshed in the city’s long-running turmoil about race, class and the ongoing exodus of its African-American population.” A “bitter war of words is building between” S.F. Mayor Gavin Newsome’s administration and city progressives over propositions G and F, which would “decide whether the redevelopment of more than 700 acres of bayfront land goes forward -- and if so, whether half the housing must be affordable.” The city’s “angst about gentrification could indirectly bolster the 49ers’ plan to move south by eliminating the team’s most viable alternative to Santa Clara” (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 5/20).

    Bon Jovi Concert Forcing Manchester
    City To Look For Alternate Home Venue
    GLORYPARK: In Ft. Worth, Mitchell Schnurman writes with Stars and MLB Rangers Owner Tom Hicks’ Glorypark development being delayed, “This would be a crippling blow for Arlington, given that Glorypark was supposed to be the sales-tax payoff from two publicly funded ballparks -- one for the Rangers, the other for the Cowboys.” Hicks “says he’s not giving up, just reloading.” But “didn’t he say similar things about the [Rangers] in 2004, after trading Alex Rodriguez to the Yankees in a salary dump?” (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 5/21).

    NOTES: In London, James Decker wrote English Premier League club Manchester City will not be able to play their June 22 UEFA Cup home game at their City of Manchester Stadium because of a scheduled Bon Jovi concert. Galpharm Stadium is being considered as an alternative venue for the game (LONDON TIMES, 5/17)….In Ft. Worth, Andrea Ahles notes more than $120M has been spent with minority contractors on the new $1.1B Cowboys stadium, but the project still is “a little short in three of five fair-share categories.” Project Coordinator Katrina Keyes said that the project “lags slightly in the ‘architecture and engineering’ and ‘other services’ categories" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 5/21).

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