Cooke, Glendening to discuss sites

March 11, 1995|By Jon Morgan | Jon Morgan,Sun Staff Writer

Washington Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke, downgrading Laurel from a certainty to a "possibility" as a location for his proposed stadium, yesterday said he is looking forward to talking to Gov. Parris N. Glendening about alternative sites in the state but also is considering Virginia.

Glendening this week dashed Cooke's hopes for building in Laurel when he vowed to block changes in state roads necessary for the project, even if the team paid for them.

But, in contrast with his predecessor, William Donald Schaefer, who urged the Redskins to stay in Washington, Glendening said he would like to help the team build in Maryland if an appropriate site can be found.

Cooke, in a telephone interview, said he welcomes the invitation and hopes to meet soon with the governor, although nothing has been scheduled.

He declined to comment on Glendening's position on Laurel until he can meet with him, but termed the site in Laurel -- where a year ago he vowed to build a stadium "come hell or high water -- a "possibility."

"I still think it's a possibility. . . . I have a number of alternative sites," said Cooke, who added he is exploring a number of sites in Maryland and two in Northern Virginia.

Gerald Evans, a lobbyist for Cooke, said the Maryland sites under active consideration are in Prince George's County, where Glendening served as county executive before being elected governor last year: the Konterra development off I-95 near the Capital Beltway, Wilson farms near Landover and the Capital Office Park near Suitland.

Among other previously mentioned sites, planners have ruled out the Port America development in southern Prince George's County because of its sloping topography, and traffic problems make the area of USAir Arena in Landover unlikely, Evans said.

Camden Yards, which the governor mentioned last week as a possibility, is not being considered, Evans said. Cooke has said he wants the stadium closer to the heart of his Washington-area fan base.

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