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"...After four weeks of negotiations, representatives from the city and Precourt Sports Ventures have agreed to a set of terms for a potential deal to bring the Columbus Crew to Austin. Highlights of the revised deal include an increase in the rent paid for use of the city-owned McKalla Place site from $1 per year to $550,000 per year, beginning in the sixth year of the deal..."
"...City Council voted 7-4 to direct City Manager Spencer Cronk to finalize and sign an agreement with Precourt Sports Ventures that should result in Austin landing its own Major League Soccer team, to play in a stadium at McKalla Place...."
"...Last Friday, city staff released its report declaring McKalla Place "viable" for a soccer stadium, and later that day, Precourt Sports Ventures released their plan to build what they call a "legacy asset" for the city. Although many Council members have been unable to delve into the city's 34-page report, let alone Precourt's 189-page proposal (they're a bit busy with a project called CodeNEXT), those who did comment didn't do so in committed fashion...."
"...The big soccer news last week was that Precourt Sports Ventures announced McKalla Place as their new favorite site for an Austin stadium. The declaration, issued last Thursday, comes after failed attempts at securing parkland in the city's urban core – first at Butler Shores and then at Roy G..."
"...City Council will vote on taking another step toward bringing a Major League Soccer team to Austin on Thursday – and at the same meeting will discuss potential alternative uses for McKalla Place. Item 19 on the agenda would "authorize negotiation and execution of agreements with Precourt Sports Ventures" to bring a soccer stadium to McKalla, using the term sheet negotiated between the city and PSV as a guide..."
"...Last week, two developers threatened to shake up the MLS2ATX effort by revealing their own development ideas for McKalla Place. Capella Capital Partners said they entered discussions with the city's Office of Real Estate Services in March 2016 to redevelop the site..."
"...City Council will take up two resolutions June 28 that could determine the future of McKalla Place, the city-owned lot eyed for a soccer stadium by some on the dais, and a mixed-use development by others...."
"...Looks like if the city’s going to adopt a Major League Soccer franchise that it’ll be housing said club at McKalla Place. Just a few minutes ago, Precourt Sports Ventures CEO Anthony Precourt put out a statement indicating that the city-owned tract just north of Rutland Drive is Destination A for a new, privately funded soccer stadium to house the team that’s currently the Columbus Crew...."
"...Anthony Precourt finds out today (Thursday) if he cleared the first political hurdle in moving his Columbus Crew MLS team to Austin, as Council will vote on two resolutions: Item 60, brought forth by Leslie Pool, which would allow developers to submit their own plans for McKalla Place; and Kathie Tovo's Item 130, directing City Manager Spencer Cronk to pursue negotiations with Precourt Sports Ventures on a potential stadium deal. (Council will also consider Item 117, to approve $200,000 in funding to retain Greenberg Traurig LLP, in the event that negotiations with PSV continue.) Item 130 was updated on Monday to include a key phrase directing Cronk to "solicit plans for the development of affordable housing on another City-owned tract."..."
"...Delia Garza proposed securing $640,000 for Capital Metro up front to improve transit facilities (most likely building and upgrading bus stops) in the area, as well as $3 million paid to the transportation authority over time. Greg Casar continued to push for affordable housing on-site, proposing an amendment that would require the housing be built by a specified year or place PSV in violation of the lease..."
"...City staff released a report today declaring McKalla Place a “suitable site for a Major League Soccer Stadium.”..."
"...Thanks to City Council's approval of a resolution directing the city manager to complete a "community engagement process" and detailed analysis of McKalla Place as a possible site for a stadium for the potentially incoming Columbus Crew, soccer fans in Austin are now one step closer to having their own top-shelf American soccer team to support. Spencer Cronk's report is due by June 1, and should (among other things) take a closer look at the community benefits outlined in a preliminary four-page proposal by Precourt Sports Ventures (which owns the Crew), including the possibility of incorporating affordable housing into the site's development plan, potential improvements to transportation infrastructure – such as a new MetroRail stop – and an analysis of the number of Austin residents who visit nearby cities to watch Major League Soccer..."
"...Precourt Sports Ventures unveiled their plan Tuesday for transforming McKalla Place into a 20,000-seat soccer stadium for the potentially relocating Columbus Crew. The map details on-site parking for 1,000 cars and 500 bikes, trails, open space, and more; and leaves out affordable housing..."
"...It was nearing 3am, and they were listening to the public rattle on about why Austin needs a Major League Soccer team, or why subsidizing such a team would be a costly mistake. Soccer proponents urged Council to let Anthony Precourt pay for and build a 20,000-seat MLS stadium on the city-owned 24-acre lot at 10414 McKalla Place in North Austin..."
"...The city eventually wrangled the company (and a couple copycats) into suspending operations until they could be bound by pilot rules. Emergency rules have been in effect since May – governing permitting, safety requirements, storage and parking standards, as well as city access to travel, incident, and injury data – but the city hopes to have permanent ones in place by October..."
"...Back in Austin, community members got a first opportunity to hear directly from city staff and PSV about the progress the two entities have made in their respective efforts to evaluate McKalla Place, PSV's preferred stadium site. Over a period of one week, the city put on five town hall events to present preliminary findings and gather community feedback (with a final one tonight, May 10, at 7pm at the Montopolis Rec Center, 1200 Montopolis Dr.)..."
"...The Columbus Crew SC may not be coming to Austin after all, but several sources indicate the Austin FC will hit the new pitch at McKalla Place in the coming years. No one can say with certainty when that will happen, but a source close to the discussion between Major League Soccer and Precourt Sports Ventures said a 2019 launch date was not out of the question...."
"...In June, Council told City Manager Spencer Cronk to put together a basic set of terms for a deal between the city and Precourt Sports Ventures, which wants to bring Major League Soccer to McKalla Place. Plenty of people seem to want MLS in Austin (expect to see pro-soccer scarves out in force), but Leslie Pool – who represents the district that houses McKalla Place – has led concerns about getting a fair deal..."
"...“Regardless of any scenario in Columbus, there is a clear path forward for PSV to operate Austin FC as a Major League Soccer club,” the league said in a statement. “We are confident that the team will begin play no later than 2021 at the new, privately financed stadium and soccer park at McKalla Place.”..."