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New Details Of Proposed Vikings Stadium In Ramsey County Emerge
Published May 12, 2011
ON SECOND GLANCE: In St. Paul, Dave Orrick reports Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton yesterday reiterated that the state's share of the project "should be no more than" $300M, and that extra roadwork "still should count against that" figure. However, "several key state lawmakers" yesterday said that the need to expand roads "needn't be a roadblock to the plan." The lawmakers, "a day after reviewing the stadium plan and the administration's projected road costs," said that they "believed the road costs were significantly higher than necessary." The Vikings and Ramsey County "maintain they'll need to pay for $80 million to $120 million in off-site road improvements" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 5/12).
ARDENT PURSUIT: Wilf said of the Arden Hills site, "This is the best site, this is the most exciting site, this answers all the questions that we have, and this is the right time." In Minneapolis, Sid Hartman writes there is "no doubt that Wilf was very upset" that Minneapolis' $895M proposal for a downtown stadium was "announced to the media before the Vikings." Hartman: "I'm positive Wilf will not negotiate with any other site unless the current Ramsey County deal falls apart. And Wilf is determined to get it through the Legislature" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 5/12). Also in Minneapolis, Eric Wieffering writes the smart decision politically for Wilf "would have been to stay downtown." But "as a second-generation builder, he couldn't put away the possibility of getting his hands on 400 acres within 10 miles of downtown Minneapolis." Wieffering: "There are many good reasons why Developer Wilf would choose a sprawling, 400-acre site in Arden Hills over the cramped confines of downtown Minneapolis." But Wieffering adds, "Remember that a battery of legislators and the governor would need to sign off on another $150 million or so for road improvements. Even Owner Wilf might find that a tough sell" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 5/12).