One presumes that since they were the holdup on this, the fact that they’re finally bringing it to a vote means it will go through.
“I expressed concern (weeks ago) when we started getting this kind of Christmas tree built with all other things added to it,” County Judge Ed Emmett said Friday. But he said he now supports the package with its limitations on the Authority’s role and language that does not commit the county to any specific projects in the Reliant and jail-area redevelopment zones.
Though Precinct 1 Commissioner El Franco Lee has publicly insisted that a soccer stadium deal is not his to make, both city and county officials have described him as a driving force behind it. On Thursday, Mayor Annise Parker credited “Commissioner El Franco Lee’s leadership in moving this project forward” during her State of the City speech on Thursday.
Lee could not be reached for comment Friday, though he put the deal on the agenda and the proposed stadium project is largely in his precinct.
Commissioner Sylvia Garcia, whose Precinct 2 contains a sliver of the stadium project, has publicly announced her intention to vote for the deal.
That makes a majority. In the end, it’ll likely be unanimous. Neither of the other Commissioners has said they oppose the deal, and in the usual tradition of the Court, that’s good enough. From here it should just be a matter of setting a date for the groundbreaking.