Redskins, P.G. County talk again on stadium Negotiations on site had broken down Friday

October 18, 1995|By JON MORGAN | JON MORGAN,SUN STAFF

Negotiations to build a stadium for the Washington Redskins in Prince George's County, which had faltered in recent days, are moving ahead again after a 2 1/2 -hour meeting yesterday between team owner Jack Kent Cooke and County Executive Wayne Curry.

The session, at Cooke's Northern Virginia estate, followed a high-level meeting of the state's top elected officials, including Gov. Parris N. Glendening, on Monday, aimed at keeping the project moving. A session Friday between negotiators for the county and the team had gone poorly.

"The negotiations between the negotiators broke off," Senate president Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. said.

Talks between the county and the team bogged down over several issues:

The Redskins want to buy the land on which it is going to build the stadium, and the county wants to lease it. The county also wants commitments from the team that it will construct a recreation center on the site, a county-owned parcel known as Wilson Farms, and that there will be specific opportunities for minority contractors in the construction.

One source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, reported progress in yesterday's meeting between Curry and Cooke, and said that an agreement was possible within days.

Curry met Monday with Miller, Glendening, Speaker of the House Casper Taylor, all of whom support the project.

Miller, who represents Prince George's County in the Senate, said, "I think things are on target."

Reggie Parks, a spokesman for Curry, said only, "We have not heard of any changes in respect to the Redskins."

A Glendening spokeswoman, Marilyn Corbett, said: "We're having ongoing discussions, mostly with the county. . . . We want to be of assistance, but we've said all along that this is a local matter."

Cooke was unavailable for comment.

Several resident groups oppose the stadium, and two lawsuits have been filed to block construction.

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