Stalemate over land price for Twins stadium continues
The dipute over the site for a possible Twins stadium continued Friday afternoon as project officials noted that the continuing delays could become expensive.
MPR reported Friday that negotiations have stalled between Hennepin county and the owners of the land in question. These hangups in a project that seemed to be going off without a hitch could affect both the opening date of the stadium and the price of completing it.
Den Mehls of Mortenson Construction, the projects general contractor, said that delaying starting the project as much as a month could run a cost in the tens of thousands of dollars. In order to maintain an August start date for construction, additional costs will need to be incurred upon the site - all of which would come out of the Hennepin County's $90 million infrastructure budget.
WCCO Channel 4 also has reported on the lack of development with the stadium. According to Ed Hunter, the project manager, it is imperitive for negotions to continue. "We are certainly approaching a critical time frame," Hunter said in the WCCO report.
Hunter also said that changing sites to somewhere other than the proposed area near the Target Center would most likely mean a later completion date than 2010.