WASHINGTON, DC—The DC Council approved a billpackage on Tuesday that included the authorization of a newD.C. United Stadium at Buzzard Point.

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The plan approved by the council caps public financing for thestadium venture at $150 million. The bill also kills a criticalland swap, eliminates a sales tax abatement, authorizes the use ofeminent domain to acquire the stadium footprint and sets up afinancing plan, according to the Washington Business Journal.

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The bill package requires a second reading on Dec. 16 for finalpassage. The commitment to the DC United project will require someshifting of funds in the city's budget and will in fact cause somecapital projects to lose funding, including District buildingenergy retrofits, "critical system replacement," and schoolmodernization in Shaw and Congress Heights.

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DC United will pay for the vertical construction of the$300-million stadium. The district will cover land acquisition andsite preparation, including environmental remediation. See story inthe Washington Business Journal.

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John Jordan

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