Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Cropp Blocks Council Vote On Stadium

Chairman Says She Has Private Financing Plan
By David Nakamura and Lori Montgomery
The Washington Post
November 10, 2004

D.C. Council Chairman Linda W. Cropp blocked approval of a bill to build a baseball stadium with public money yesterday, announcing that she has a plan that could provide up to $350 million in private funding.

Cropp's action came during two hours of closed-door debate by the council shortly before its legislative session and marked the second time in five days that she has stunned her colleagues with a new stadium proposal.

Seven of the 13 council members said that they were prepared to vote in favor of Mayor Anthony A. Williams's plan to construct the stadium along the Anacostia River in Southeast Washington. Cropp (D) abandoned an alternative proposal she made last week to build near Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium. That proposal had failed to muster much council support.

But after telling colleagues that she would support the mayor's site, she tried and failed to get them to agree to delay the vote for two weeks. Cropp then exercised her power as chairman and removed the bill from consideration, placing it on the agenda for Nov. 23.

Cropp said that over the next two weeks, she will finalize details of a plan to provide private financing for the stadium, estimated to cost as much as $530 million.

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