Landover, Baltimore Deals for Stadiums Move Forward
Mercurio, John, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
ANNAPOLIS - Prince George's County Executive Wayne Curry signed a tentative agreement last night to pay some costs of a Washington Redskins stadium in Landover, moving the project one step closer to final approval.
The development came the same day that legislative leaders were all but proclaiming victory on funding a $200 million football stadium in Baltimore.
A spokesman for the NFL's Baltimore franchise said team owner Art Modell will refund $24 million to the state, which will use the money for school construction over a 10-year period beginning in 2001.
But stadium opponents promised yesterday to continue their fight. Both proposals still require legislative approval.
"They keep bringing out the Right Guard and keep spraying it," said Sen. Brian Frosh, Montgomery County Democrat. "But it still stinks."
While Mr. Modell's contribution to the Baltimore project was one of the last stumbling blocks to that deal, the refusal of Prince George's County officials to help fund the Redskins stadium was holding up the Landover project.
Mr. Curry, a Democrat, has steadfastly refused to contribute county money to the project, for which Gov. Parris Glendening had promised as much as $73 million in state funds for roads and sewers near the site.
But Mr. Curry relented yesterday afternoon after meeting with Major Riddick, Mr. Glendening's chief of staff.
Under the deal signed last night, the county would receive additional highway funds from the state, which it would have to repay at a rate of up to $1 million a year. …