WASHINGTON (WNEW) — The long-discussed plan to build a new soccer stadium at Buzzard Point in D.C. is heading for a first vote on Tuesday. However, the cost of the project is going to be higher than first thought.
Since the land swap involving the Reeves Center at 14th and U is off the table, D.C. will have to buy the stadium land outright or acquire it from developer Akridge through eminent domain.
D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson expects the total cost could reach $200 million, $50 million more than originally thought.
“It’s my sense that there’s widespread support for this deal going forward,” Mendelson says.
One more change could bring in a few million dollars extra: a sales tax abatement has been stripped from the plan. The first vote is scheduled for Tuesday, with a second expected later in the month.
While the District expects to cover the costs of infrastructure and land acquisition, D.C. United will be responsible for building the stadium.
The latest plan for the soccer stadium was passed by two D.C. Council committees on Nov. 25, exactly 16 months after the plan first came out.