WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Mayor Vincent Gray’s quest to return the Washington Redskins to the District continued Thursday night.
Gray and D.C. councilmembers met with approximately 300 residents of Wards 6 and 7 at the D.C. Armory to discuss the idea of building a new training facility for the Redskins at Reservation 13 in Southeast.
Also part of the mayor’s idea: a Redskins Hall of Fame, a medical facility, new offices, residences and retail space.
Gray stressed these were just ideas and not firm plans as the Redskins have given no indication they want to move their training facility from its current home in Ashburn, Va.
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The mayor said Thursday’s meeting was simply an open discussion between city officials and the residents to decide upon a common interest for the space.
Many residents were opposed to Gray’s ideas for the 67-acre property in Hill East. Those most vocal were skeptical of the amount of revenue such ideas would generate. They proposed the city follow through with a decade-old plan to revitalize the land near RFK Stadium with a mixed-use community primarily comprised of retail outlets that would create new jobs.
Redskins officials were not in attendance at the meeting. Gray told residents city officials have only met with the team about the idea one time and no future talks were planned.
The team last played at RFK Stadium during the 1996 season. The Redskins currently play home games at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.