Wednesday, January 23, 2008

11/22/07: The Washington Post - Three Eliminated In Fight for Poplar Point Bid

KWAME R. BROWN (Courtesy Of Kwame Brown)

By Nikita Stewart and David Nakamura
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, November 22, 2007; Page DZ01

Well, that was fast.

Two weeks after receiving seven bids from companies hoping to develop Poplar Point, a swath of more than 110 acres of parkland along the Anacostia River, D.C. planners have narrowed the field to four.

Last week Neil O. Albert, the deputy mayor for economic development, announced the shortlist: a joint venture from Archstone-Smith and Madison Marquette; Clark Realty Capital; Forest City Enterprises; and a joint venture of General Growth Properties, Mid-City Urban and Doracon.

D.C. United has proposed building a soccer stadium, along with mixed-use development, at Poplar Point, but Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) broke off negotiations with the team in the summer. United officials have threatened to relocate to the suburbs if they are unable to get a new stadium in the city.

D.C. officials have said a stadium is still possible, along with housing, offices, shops and park space. The companies will be asked to present their proposals to the public next week, officials said.

The three companies that have been eliminated from the competition are City Interests, Urban City Ventures and Capital Area Regional Center Job Fund.

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