In a big step forward for D.C. United's plan to build a soccer-specific stadium in the city's Buzzard Point neighborhood, DCist reported on Tuesday that the city administrator's office is set to have a stadium proposal submitted to the D.C. City Council by Christmas, enabling the Council to review it in early January.
Then, on Wednesday, another report indicated that D.C. mayor Vincent Gray put forward a legislative package on the stadium by the end of the week that would cover the land swap necessary for United to acquire the land in Buzzard Point that will eventually house the new stadium:
Package Gray will present covers land swap deal for 85 percent of @dcunited stadium site. Salvage site not included.— Hannah Hess (@ha_nah_nah) December 18, 2013
Central to the proposed swap is the city's Reeves Center, a complex at 14th and U Streets in the U Street corridor. According to the DCist report, the swap would see the city relinquish control of the Reeves Center and build a new one in the Anacostia neighborhood. In return, Akridge, a real estate company that owns much of the land at the proposed stadium site, would relinquish control of that land and provide cash to make up the difference in value between the two sites.
A United spokesperson said the team is "... continuing to work with the council every day in the hopes of getting things finalized. With these ongoing negotiations we don’t want to comment on a certain timeline."
The local community debated the fate of the Reeves Center on Tuesday.