Cropp Stadium Plan Lacks Council Votes
Chairman Says Mayor Also Falls Short
By Serge F. Kovaleski and David Nakamura
Washington Post Staff Writers
Monday, November 8, 2004; Page B01
D.C. Council Chairman Linda W. Cropp said yesterday that she appears short on votes to win approval of her alternative proposal to build a major league ballpark adjacent to Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium when the council takes up the matter tomorrow.
But Cropp (D) said she believes that Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) does not have enough votes for his plan to construct a baseball stadium along the Anacostia River in an industrial area of Southeast Washington.
Both sides were angling yesterday to win broader council backing, and the mayor hopes to rally the public with a four- to six-minute televised address at 8 tonight on District cable, Channel 16.
Even if neither plan wins council approval tomorrow, Cropp said, it would not necessarily doom the District's deal to bring the Montreal Expos to the city. She suggested that a compromise bill could be crafted before the Dec. 31 deadline agreed to by the Williams administration and Major League Baseball to have a stadium package ratified by the 13-member council. She did not say how a compromise might resolve the disagreement.
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