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Amendments, continued discussion delay council MLS vote

Special meeting set for August 15

August 09, 2018 - 11:57 pm
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AUSTIN (KJCE) -- The debate - and a vote - on Austin's possible Major League Soccer stadum is headed to extra time.

Austin City Council members voted late Thursday night to postpone further discussion, and call a special meeting next Wednesday. The move came after 20-plus amendments were piled on a term sheet agreed upon between city staff and Precourt Sports Ventures.

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Mayor Steve Adler made his feelings known as the night went on. "I think a lot of these amendments are poison pills designed to kill the deal," Adler said. Council member Leslie Pool, whose council district includes McKalla Place, shared her displeasure with Adler's remarks.

For its part, Precourt Sports Ventures says it now has to ask Major League Soccer for another extension on the negotiations. The league originally wanted an answer by the end of June; the parties had agreed to extend a negotiating window until August 9.

In a statement late Thursday night, Precourt thanked the council for their efforts. "We respect the City’s desire to take more time to consider this important project, and we will continue to work with them over the coming days. We wish to extend our sincere thanks to City Council and City staff for their efforts as we collectively work toward a decision on August 15. This step would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of Austin soccer supporters, Central Texas soccer clubs and their families, local businesses and chambers of commerce, and the countless volunteers who have worked to bring MLS to the Austin community."

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