Whatever obstacles were standing in the way of county commissioner El Franco Lee agreeing to Harris County participation in the East Downtown TIRZ — the last piece of the funding puzzle needed for the Houston Dynamo to get its new soccer stadium — appear to have fallen. A number of votes will need to take place before construction can start on the site bounded by Texas, Dowling, Hutchins, and Walker streets just east of Downtown. But media reports indicate the long-stalled project now has sufficient government support to move forward:
The city and county have asked the [Harris County-Houston Sports Authority] to take over lease negotiations with the Dynamo, oversee the construction project and act as property manager upon the stadium’s completion.
If the authority approves the request, City Council is expected to vote on the agreement March 31, followed by a Commissioner’s Court vote expected on April 13. If all is approved as planned, the two parties would turn the land over to the Dynamo for construction on Oct. 1, and the stadium is scheduled for completion April 1, 2012, just in time for the Dynamo season to begin.
- City, county strike potential Dynamo stadium deal [Houston Chronicle]
- Icken: Dynamo stadium could be ‘done deal’ by September [Houston Business Journal]
- Previously on Swamplot: Deep Inside City and County Negotiations for an East Downtown Dynamo Stadium, Boxing Out Dynamo Stadium, Dynamo Downtown Dinghy: All Aboard, Quick! and A First Glimpse of the New Dynamo Stadium
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