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     The DC Redevelopment Land Agency "grudgingly" gave
preliminary approval to a land deal necessary for the city to
build a new sports arena, according to Lorraine Woellert in the
WASHINGTON TIMES.  The RLA holds title to the land where
Bullets/Caps Owner Abe Pollin wants to build a new 20,000-seat
arena, and the agency is unhappy with the agreement between the
city and Pollin to develop the project.  RLA Board Chair Michelle
Bernard:  "It's verbal vomit as far as I'm concerned."  RLA's
preliminary approval calls for the document to be rewritten.  The
board meets June 22 to consider final approvement (WASHINGTON
TIMES, 6/16).  An editorial in today's WASHINGTON POST praises
the arena efforts:  "Dangers remain until all the agencies,
commissions and other stops along the way have been cleared.  We
say this not as a call for suspending standards of responsibility
in evaluating a major financial proposal but as a continuing
warning for the city not to blow this great and probably last
significant opportunity for serious downtown economic revival"
     AREN'T THEY SUPPOSED TO BE BROKE?  The DC government has
spent more than $800,000 on consulting and legal fees related to
the arena.  From a mayor's office report detailing expenses from
July '94-May '95:  More than $80,000 to environmental lawyers
Beveridge & Diamond; almost $128,00 to Coopers & Lybrand for pre-
development financial analysis; over $60,000 to Arnold & Porter,
which advised on lease, land-use, and construction issues; and
$125,000 to Mayor Marion Barry's special counsel on the project,
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (WASHINGTON TIMES,