“Meetings to focus on community impact of proposed soccer arena and redevelopment of Reeves Center”

Reeves Center at 14th and U Street, NW

From a press release:

“Next week, Councilmember Muriel Bowser will host two hearings on the subject of Bill 20-805, the District of Columbia Soccer Stadium Development Act of 2014, which would result in the construction of a new soccer stadium in Buzzard Point in Ward 6 and the redevelopment of the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center in Ward 1. The hearings offer the residents of communities most likely to be affected by the proposal an opportunity to participate in the legislative process at a time that is convenient for many work schedules, and at a location that is proximate to their homes.

Ward 1 Hearing

When: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Where: The Reeves Center, 2000 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009
2nd Floor Community Room

Ward 6 Hearing

When: Thursday, July 24, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs Building
1100 4th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024, Suite E200

Individuals and representatives of community organizations wishing to testify should contact Tsega Bekele, Legislative Counsel to the Committee on Economic Development, at (202) 724-8052, or [email protected] and furnish his or her name, address, telephone number, and organizational affiliation, if any, by the close of business on July 22, 2014. Persons presenting testimony may be limited to 3 minutes in order to permit each witness an opportunity to be heard. Please provide the Committee with 20 copies of any written testimony.

If you are unable to testify, written statements are encouraged and will be made a part of the official record. Copies of written statements should be submitted to the Committee on Economic Development, Council of the District of Columbia, Suite 110 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004.

A copy of Bill 20-805, the District of Columbia Soccer Stadium Development Act of 2014 can be found here.”

9 Comment

  • Short version: If Bowser becomes our next mayor, the soccer stadium isn’t getting built. At least not anytime soon.

  • Wish she could be bothered to do a few meetings regarding the future of the old Hebrew Home and the adjoining property.

  • We need a new soccer arena. And the Reeves Center needs to go. This is a great opportunity. A bird in the hand…

    I’ve been to MLS games in Seattle (amazing), NY (amazing), and Houston (amazing). Why should only those cities get nice things?

    Muriel: Support this stadium, and I’ll support you. And I promise to bring 20 friends along to the polling station.

  • We DON’T need a new soccer arena. If the team’s very wealthy owners want to stay here, they can pay for their own stadium. The Reeves Center deal is a complete sweetheart deal. Tax payers deserve better.
    Muriel: Support don’t this stadium, and I’ll support you. And I promise to bring 20 friends along to the polling station.

  • clevelanddave

    You mean giving away the Reeves Center, re-leasing the space from the developer, and the rebuilding of the site with expensive retail and class A space? I’d prefer the sale in an arms length auction of Reeves after another location has been secured for the government offices, and let DC United owners build their own stadium on a commercial, for profit basis. The city shold do everything to help them secure the space and possibly some tax credits for DC United, but let private owners build private staidums and charge the commercial rates they were going to charge anyway. They want to build on city owned land fine, but let them pay for it.

    Why “should other cities get nice things” is a BS arguement. Similar to the one used by thsoe getting free trashcans. Let the city focus on keeping the peace, fixing the roads, improving education outcomes, picking up trash and the like. It isn’t as sexy as a soccer stadium but it is what benefits the majority of citizens the most.

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