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City Of Industry City Council Approves Ed Roski's NFL Stadium Plan

City Of Industry City Council Unanimously
Approves $800M Football Stadium
The City of Industry (CA) City Council Thursday unanimously accepted an environmental plan for an $800M football stadium proposed by Majestic Realty Chair & CEO Ed Roski, and the prospect of having an NFL team return to the L.A. area "inched closer," according to Jennifer McLain of the PASADENA STAR-NEWS. Majestic Realty VP John Semcken said that the company can "start negotiating with football teams as early as next month." However, Semcken acknowledged that lawsuits posed by the nearby towns of Walnut and Diamond Bar "could delay the project," and attorneys representing the two cities Thursday claimed that City of Industry "did not properly follow the state's environmental act because it did not provide public documents within the required time frame." Walnut attorney Jan Chatten-Brown said that the city will "now pursue its legal options" (PASADENA STAR-NEWS, 2/27).

WHO'S IN LINE? Semcken Thursday said that at least eight NFL franchises, including the Raiders, Bills and Vikings, "have been identified as possible targets for relocation." Semcken added that developers are "confident the NFL would approve a move by a team." Semcken said the NFL "understand[s] the stadium, they understand the economic opportunity. All they want is certainty. They want to make sure our stadium is getting built." NFL VP/Communications Brian McCarthy said that the league was "monitoring potential stadium developments" in the L.A. area, but declined to comment on specific plans (AP, 2/26).

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