The Potomac Nationals and Prince William County appear close to a deal to build a new stadium for the minor league baseball team, according to documents obtained by InsideNoVa through a public records request.
Team owner Art Silber has pushed to build a replacement for the aging Pfitzner Stadium for four years and has targeted a site at Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center between Opitz Boulevard and the Wegmans grocery store for a 6,000-seat facility.
County records show that the team now has a framework in place for a complex deal to get the project off the ground and meet demands from Major League Baseball officials that the Washington Nationals’ Single-A affiliate leave Pfitzner.Although no deal is finalized, correspondence released in response to InsideNoVa’s Freedom of Information Act request shows that the county, the team and the town center’s owner, JBG Cos., have been working since summer to reach an agreement.
The county wouldn’t be on the hook to directly to fund the stadium’s construction or to provide any kind of tax break to the team, according to the correspondence. However, the county would still play a pivotal role in making sure the deal moves forward through several key conditions. Chiefly, the county would have to raise $35 million using municipal bonds issued by Prince William’s Industrial Development Authority.
However, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors first would have to agree to send the proposal to the authority, which then would hold hearings and evaluate the arrangement itself. The board would then have to vote once more to approve the deal in totality…