By Rich Tandler
We should know in about 30 days if there will be a serious push to bring the Redskins training facility into the District of Columbia.
Here is the latest per DCist.com:
On Monday, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Victor Hoskins met with a group of ANC commissioners from wards 6 and 7 to discuss stalled plans for Reservation 13, the 67-plot of land where RFK Stadium, the old D.C. General Hospital and the D.C. Jail are currently located. According to Lisa White, a Ward 7 ANC commissioner who attended the meeting, Hoskins told them that longstanding plans for the site's redevelopment were on hold while [D. C. Mayor Vincent] Gray continues discussions with team officials over a possible Redskins training facility.
No details of Gray’s talks with the teams were made available to the commissioners who attended the meeting other than that they have been “informal”. Plans for a mixed-use development are on hold while the possibility of the Redskins building a training facility on Reservation 13 are being discussed.
Hoskins said that they would know if the new Redskins Park might be built in the city within about 30 days.
The area currently has the vacant D. C. General Hospital, the jail, and an underutilized RFK Stadium. It is attractive for development because of the presence of a Metro station and a stretch of Anacostia River shoreline.
There also has been talk of relocating Redskins Park, which is almost 20 years old, to a site it Bowie, Maryland. And, of course, Loudoun County, the location team's current headquarters, is interested in keeping the prestigious business within its borders.