Last week, the District government filed to take two acres by eminent domain at Buzzard Point to make way for a new soccer stadium for DC United after the city failed to come to an agreement over the value of the land owned by Akridge. According to the Washington Business Journal, the District deposited $21.1 million with DC Superior Court, the value determined by an appraisal done in January 2014 as a part of a proposed land swap with the Reeves Center. However, Akridge contends that the land is worth the same as the amount the city paid for other parcels in the stadium footprint – valued at $36.6 million. From the article:
“The public purpose for which District of Columbia hereby takes the Property is for the construction and operation of a soccer stadium complex, including a stadium and facilities functionally related and subordinate thereto, and the accompanying infrastructure including parking, office, and transportation facilities, in order to promote the recreation, entertainment and enjoyment of the public,” according to court documents filed by the Office of the Attorney General.
Meanwhile, The Washington Post reports that the design of the new stadium at 2nd and R streets is progressing. From the article:
The design specifics need to be finalized in the next six weeks. Seating capacity is not set yet. Groundbreaking is targeted for next summer. The project could be completed in as few as 14-16 months, plenty of buffer to ensure grand opening at the start of the 2018 season.Rendering courtesy of DC United