At the press conference, I asked McManus if he had versed himself on the agreement and if he planned to follow through with it. "It's a document that stays right in the middle of my desk," McManus said, adding that he reads it repeatedly. "I want to make sure we head in the direction we're supposed to head." If budget issues come up, he said, "it's something we have to hammer out and get there."
Workers, residents and employers will soon shower the Sears site with love and commerce. No, really.
Stadium Update: Without much fanfare, the Minneapolis City Council voted on February 13 to quickly acquire, if need be, the so-called Rapid Park site. The approval means the city can condemn the land if a proposal to build a new Twins stadium there comes to fruition. The move ensures that Investment Management Inc. could not challenge any move to purchase the land, which is valued at $12.9 million.
But the city is not allowed, by ordinance, to put more than $10 million toward any stadium. Paul Zerby voted against the proposal, fearing that Minneapolis would be on the hook to pay for it. Other council members are confident Hennepin County would ante up. (See "Will Shill for Stadium".)
But there's no reason to assume Hennepin County would do so. The board of commissioners, which narrowly approved a plan that calls for the county to cough up $308 million for a $535 million ballpark, remains divided on the stadium issue (the four men on the board are for it, the three women are against it). Earlier this month, the commissioners debated whether to even have the stadium issue in its legislative agenda. It will be, but the plan calls for the state to chip in $100 million, something Governor Tim Pawlenty has said will not happen.