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Continued: Schafer: Wilfs may rue how they treated N.J. partner

  • Article by: LEE SCHAFER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 14, 2013 - 10:17 AM

The issue here is how to build a $975 million stadium in which the team is to contribute $477 million and the public the rest. The authority created to build the stadium is, as of today, the developer of the project. It’s in control.

The team has the right to ask to step into the role of developer, and take control of the project. The Wilfs, the team’s principals, have years of experience in building big, complex projects. They are, in fact, experts at it.

But defending that lawsuit in New Jersey to its hugely expensive and bitter conclusion probably cost them the opportunity to step into the developer’s role with the Minneapolis stadium.

The team’s spokesman said it hasn’t decided whether to ask for that right.

Michele Kelm-Helgen, chair of the Sports Facilities Authority, said it has made clear it would require a “rigorous public process” to consider any such request and “whether that is in the public interest.”

Skip the hearing. It won’t be.

The Wilfs may wish they had treated Ada Reichmann differently. • 612-673-4302

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