DC CFO Gandhi oks the deal. I was certain he would come back with a list of revisions, but his only concern is cost overruns. If MLB agrees to the lease, Gandhi will issue bonds, and then we can look forward to a groundbreaking in March where everyone on the city council shows up with their construction helmets and shovels for the photo op. That is, everyone except Catania, Mendelson, Graham, and Fenty, who all voted nay on the deal.
"Right now, the major issue for me is MLB agreeing the District will not have to pay for [cost] overruns...I'll wait to see what they sign. Then I'll certify it." (Natwar Gandhi, DC CEO via Washington Post, 2/14/2006)
Meanwhile, Anthony Williams said yesterday that he expects MLB to make a decision by the end of the week, and Bob DuPuy indicated that once an agreement is reached, the new owner will be revealed within 30 days. (via AP/wtop dot com 2/13/2006)