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D.C. United stadium land purchases approved by Council

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Land acquisition for the D.C. United stadium site moves forward, with contracts for three-quarters of the owners approved by the D.C. Council.

The D.C. Council, just moments ago, unanimously approved contracts to purchase land for the D.C. United stadium site. The land owned by Super Salvage will be purchased for approximately $15 million, Mark Ein's Rollingwood Real Estate's lot will be purchased for approximately $10 million, and the PEPCO parcel will be traded for land at 1st and K NW. Now that that contracts have been approved, all that is left is to write the checks.

Of course, this still leaves unresolved the land that Akridge owns on the stadium site; eminent domain proceedings have not yet been filed, but the two sides are quickly racing towards the September deadline for acquisition of the land.

Also as a part of this omnibus bill, the D.C. Council has approved the "Amended and Restated Development Agreement" between the District and D.C. United, which details what are the responsibilities of the District and what are the responsibilities of D.C. United; this document is what the two sides had been arguing over these past few months. Finally, the D.C. Council approved the ground lease between the District and D.C. United, allowing them to take possession of the land and build upon it when the site is fully assembled.

Unlike the last time the District and United had stadium deadlines to meet, progress is being made quickly now.