Redskins get lecture on parking plans

July 20, 1994|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Sun Staff Writer

Anne Arundel County's hearing officer chided Redskins officials yesterday for basing their plans to build a National Football League stadium in Laurel on the presumption that their request to provide half of the required parking spaces would be granted.

At the same time, Robert C. Wilcox, the administrative hearing officer, called the 39,000-space requirement unrealistic in this case.

"It couldn't be done, not on this site," Mr. Wilcox said during the sixth day of a hearing that will determine whether the Redskins will be granted a special exception allowing them to build a $160 million, 78,600-seat stadium in an industrial zone next to the Laurel Race Course.

The team also is seeking seven variances from county codes on matters such as parking, landscaping and time limits for completing the project.

Although they were on the receiving end of a lecture, one of several Mr. Wilcox has directed at them over the course of the hearing, Redskins officials were delighted about his comment on the county's parking requirement.

Earlier in the hearing, Richard Talkin, a lawyer for Russett Center Ltd., a development of 3,000 homes near the stadium site, called into question the assumptions the Redskins used to design their traffic and parking plan. He challenged plans to handle the traffic into and out of the stadium and the adequacy of proposed road improvements.

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