Redskins seek to cut parking even more for proposed stadium

June 04, 1994|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Sun Staff Writer

The Washington Redskins asked yesterday that Anne Arundel county's chief planner be given the authority to cut even further the number of parking spaces required at the team's proposed football stadium near Laurel.

In April, Robert J. Dvorak, the county director of planning and code enforcement, cut the number of parking spaces required at the stadium from 39,300 to 29,475, angering stadium opponents.

Yesterday, the Redskins requested a variance that would reduce the parking requirement and allow Mr. Dvorak to waive a requirement that enough land be reserved at the site for a full complement of spaces.

"Obviously, if this is granted, we're going to appeal it," Jeanne Mignon, president of Citizens Against the Stadium II, said yesterday.

The Redskins have said the proposed 78,600-seat stadium next to the Laurel Race Course will need only 20,077 parking spaces. Anne Arundel County requires nearly twice that many.

County law allows the planning director to reduce the number of parking spaces required by 25 percent, provided that "an adequate reserved land area is provided to accommodate a full complement of parking when necessary."

At the time of his decision, Mr. Dvorak did not require the Redskins to set aside enough land for all the parking required. He said the team had other parking options available, such as creating parking spaces inside the oval of the Laurel race track, building underground garages, building parking decks, or leasing nearby parking lots on game days.

Mr. Dvorak said yesterday afternoon that he had not seen the variance request filed by the Redskins yesterday, and could not comment on it. The burden, he said, is on the Redskins "to show that they are able to move people to and from that stadium without undue congestion or delays."

If the waiver is approved, the Redskins could receive a 49 percent reduction in the number of parking spaces required.

The variance request will be discussed during the public hearing on stadium zoning matters, which begins at 9 a.m. on July 11 at Meade Senior High School.

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