State, county to aid stadium, says governor

October 25, 1995|By Jon Morgan and Frank Langfitt | Jon Morgan and Frank Langfitt,SUN STAFF

Gov. Parris N. Glendening said yesterday that the state and Prince George's County have met most of the infrastructure needs of the Washington Redskins' proposed stadium near Landover, and that the future of the project now rests on clearing a few issues between the team and county.

"The relations are strained for a variety of reasons," Mr. Glendening said. "But I am encouraging both sides to work out the details."

Mr. Glendening said the state and county have agreed to pay all of the estimated $73 million for infrastructure such as roads, parking and sewers for the stadium. Team owner Jack Kent Cooke says he will finance the stadium, to be located on a site known as Wilson Farm.

Talks between the team and Prince George's County Executive Wayne K. Curry had ground to a halt during the weekend. Mr. Curry had declined to pay for much of the infrastructure needed at the site, work the executive said most developers pay for themselves. But Mr. Glendening's aides said they have won commitments from the County Council and council Chairwoman Anne McKinnon to pass the additional spending measures.

Still to be worked out is a county demand for $3 million from Mr. Cooke for a recreation center on the site, minority participation in the construction and a few other issues.

"I had a couple of conversations with Mr. Cooke," the governor said. "He understands that the infrastructure costs are no longer an issue."

Mr. Glendening said the state would pay about $50 million to cover the state and county road improvements required by the stadium. The governor also said that there were enough votes on the Prince George's County Council to approve the remaining $23 million to pay for storm water management, parking, lights and some landscaping.

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