Mayoral Candidates on the DC United New Stadium Deal: YES – MAYBE – NO

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At the first Mayoral debate of the 2014 campaign last night the three candidates, Murial Bowser, David Catania, and Carol Schwartz, got a chance to publicly state where they stand on the Buzzard Point Stadium Deal.

The full audio of the debate is available courtesy of American University’s WAMU 88.5:

http://www.keepdcunited.org/2014/09/19/buzzard-point-neighborhood-residents-speak-out-on-the-dc-united-stadium-deal/

The stadium issue, what @KeepDCUnited followers are interested in – starts at around 57:20

David Catania: “YES”
He began by explaining his prior opposition to the unfairness of the Nationals Stadium deal, and then went on to say “I support the soccer stadium. It looks more of a 50-50 proposition…”

Muriel Bowser: “MAYBE”
She said she wants DC United to stay in the District, but has doubts about the Reeves Center “Trade” portion of of the deal.  She wants to see the results of the independent study that should be out at the end of September.

Carol Schwartz: “NO”
She said she wants the team to say, but doesn’t like the valuation of the land swap deal.  She would oppose the current deal.

We realize the New Stadium Deal isn’t the only issue facing our future mayor, but it’s one that matters to DC United fans…

Be sure to follow @KeepDCUnited on Facebook and Twitter to get further updates on the status of the Buzzard Point Stadium deal.

 

Buzzard Point Neighborhood Residents Speak Out on the DC United Stadium Deal

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The residents of Buzzard Point are seeking a Community Benefits Agreement as part of the DC United new stadium deal.  Initially requesting $5 million with future payments over the project’s 30-year lease.  The funds would  be used for “ job training, traffic improvements, small-business opportunities and preservation of public and low-income housing in the surrounding neighborhoods of Southwest Washington.”

This sort of CBA isn’t unusual when a neighborhood faces big public changes. And being good neighbors isn’t a problem for the team. DC United spokesperson Craig Stouffer was quoted as saying “We think it’s really important and we look forward to having a complete response by the end of this month,”

You can read the full Washington Post article here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/digger/wp/2014/09/19/buzzard-point-neighbors-seek-benefits-from-d-c-united-stadium/

Be sure to follow @KeepDCUnited on Facebook & Twitter for updates and how you can help support the new stadium.

6th Annual Barra Brava Mini Golf Tournament!

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It’s that time of year! The 6th Annual Barra Brava Mini Golf Tournament!   DC United Fans come together for a round of (mini) golf and good times – all to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society- National Capitol Area.

The Details:

Where: H Street Country Club

When
: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th
Happy Hour 5pm
Tee Time: 6:30
Raffle: 8:30

Cost: $10/Person or $40 per 4-person teamRESERVE YOUR TICKETS HERE

Keep DC United is proud to once again be a co-sponsor of the event!

It’s a good time, with good people for a worthy cause!

Please help spread the word and join us!

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PRINTABLE FLYER:
6th Barra Brava Golf Tournament Flyer

 

 

 

D.C. United School Supply Drive for D.C. Public Schools

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D.C. United has announced a Back To School Drive before Sunday’s game against The New York Red Bulls! Through “United Drives” the team is encouraging DCU fans to bring new school supplies to support the children of D.C. Public Schools.

So bring notebooks, pencils, erasers, backpacks – whatever you can to help the schoolkids!

Bring your donations to the United Drives booth outside of RFK Stadium’s Gate A.  They’ll start collecting an hour and a half prior to kickoff and will close 15 minutes into the first half.

BONUS!  Any fan that donates an item will receive a “Buy One, Get One Free” ticket voucher good for any D.C. United regular-season home game.

For all the details and the official announcement click HERE

D.C. United Executive Jason Levien Is Now “Optimistic” About New Stadium Deal

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In a segment on Comcast SportsNet during a recent game D.C. United Executive Jason Levied discussed “behind the scenes” progress and officially raised his opinion of the likelyhood of the New Stadium deal for Buzzard Point from “Cautiously Optimistic” to straight-on Optimistic.

Here’s the full article at the Washington Post, including the Video.

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“The value created by the stadium will translate into untold new taxes in the form of related office, residential and retail development. Even if the stadium is granted tax abatements — part of the proposal — the new incremental development will boost the tax base.”

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“Make sure you get involved.”

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“…this deal would secure a badly needed new home for Washington’s Major League Soccer team and help spur economic development in neighborhoods on both sides of the Anacostia.”

- The Washington Post, 7/27/13

“Charles Wilson, a neighborhood leader-cum-haberdasher—among the many hats he wears are the presidency of the Historic Anacostia Block Association, seats on the local Advisory Neighborhood Commission and the Historic Preservation Review Board, and a day job as chief of staff to At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds—believes the new Reeves Center “sends a message that economic development is finally coming east of the [Anacostia] River.”…If done right, he says, the Reeves Center could help “make downtown Anacostia like Old Town Alexandria.”

- The City Paper, 8/8/13