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|Government of the District of
Washington, D.C. 20004
January 11, 2006
The Honorable Anthony A. Williams
Mayor of the District of Columbia
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
Dear Mayor Williams:
I am writing as a follow-up to my December 29, 2005 letter to you
(attached) regarding the need to improve the proposed lease for the new
baseball stadium, and after further dialogue with members of the Council.
Prior to Council consideration of any revised ballpark lease, we must have
documentation that the following issues are being addressed:
- No residential taxpayer will pay anything for baseball.
- No more money shall be allocated for baseball other than the $535
million already authorized and all baseball-related income.
- All local, small and disadvantaged business enterprise contracting
and employment requirements will continue.
- The commitment from baseball for local ownership of the team, and,
for tax purposes, that the team will be based in the District.
- Land and environmental costs of the baseball stadium will be capped
and guaranteed by third parties, such as Major League Baseball,
potential owners and/or developers.
- Construction costs of the stadium will be guaranteed so that
taxpayers will not face an open checkbook problem. The checkbook will
- All development rights in the area outside of the baseball
footprint, and taxes generated therefore, will benefit the District
and its residents, not baseball.
- The District will have development rights (on top of parking
required by baseball) on the baseball footprint, which will be
directed to protect taxpayers from any cost overruns.
- The $20 million team contribution to the stadium project budget
shall be applied only to previously approved costs within the initial
project budget as designated by the Sports and Entertainment
Commission, and may be increased by the team's new owners.
- Certain community benefit obligations of the baseball team will be
strengthened or clarified.
I look forward to continuing to work with you, the members of the
Council, and the baseball team owners to ensure a timely resolution of
Linda W. Cropp
Sports and Entertainment Commission