Redskins lose Curry's backing for bid to build team's stadium Prince George's chief withdraws offer to help

November 02, 1995|By Jon Morgan | Jon Morgan,SUN STAFF

Prince George's County Executive Wayne K. Curry has withdrawn his formal offer to help the Washington Redskins build a stadium near Landover, a serious setback for the project but one that the team insists does not end the matter.

Mr. Curry sent team owner Jack Kent Cooke a letter Tuesday saying that the county's proposal was "nullified" by Mr. Cooke's rejection last week of a proposed letter of intent. In his letter, Mr. Curry invited Mr. Cooke to send a counterproposal "advancing a palatable way to facilitate" the project.

Bleak as it seemed, the letter was merely a "snapshot of a series of negotiations," according to Redskins lawyer Gerard Evans.

"All parties are still committed to making this happen," Mr. Evans said.

Last week, Gov. Parris N. Glendening announced that he had reached agreement on the funding issues with County Council Chairwoman Anne MacKinnon, who thought she had the votes to provide additional funding over Mr. Curry's objections.

But that deal has not been completed. Joanne Brown, an aide to Ms. MacKinnon, said Ms. MacKinnon met Monday with Mr. Cooke and won assurances from him that the team would give the county more time to work out the issues.

"I don't know where it stands at this point," Ms. Brown said. But, she noted, the letter from Mr. Curry "left the matter open" for further negotiations.

Mr. Curry's spokesman did not respond to requests for a comment.

Mr. Curry had declined to have the county pay for much of the infrastructure needed at the site, work that he said most developers pay for themselves. Other issues in dispute last week were a county demand for $3 million from Mr. Cooke for a recreation center on the site and minority participation in the construction.

Last week, a Redskins representative said the team might consider resuming its search for a stadium deal in Washington or Virginia.

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