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DC Council struggling to meet deadlines for DC United stadium

Stadium plans for DC United's proposed new waterfront venue in Washington DC have hit a snag according to a report in the Washington Post.

Less than six months after DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced the plans to develop a $300million, 20,000-seat stadium for the MLS club on Buzzard Point in Southwest Washington, the council have missed a series of deadlines, casting a cloud over the progress of developments.

Following the construction of the city-financed $600m venue for Major League Baseball team the Washington Nationals, the plans for a new stadium remain under question, forcing DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson to remain calm on the situation.

"Sure, we're ready to vote on it now, right?" Phil Mendelson (D) quipped when asked if the council could still meet the mayor's year-end target. "We were asked to approve it before the end of the year .?.?. but I haven't seen anything."

He added: "Intentionally or not, I fear the council is going to be jammed, and this is too expensive a project for us not be careful about it."

The report also offered the following: 'The timeline - as well as the secrecy of negotiations - has sparked frustration on the council, where even boosters say Gray (D) is trying to move too quickly without council input. Council members will not bow to pressure, several said, to rush through a complex and expensive stadium deal about which they know little.'

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