Franklin Haney wants to do everything

Earlier this week, developer Franklin Haney announced that if he gets to buy the Nationals he would like to cover up to $200 million in cost overruns for the ballpark (The Post) in exchange for the chance to buy nearby land for development. He does not want to stop there though.

Today’s Post reveals that he also wants to take over the Dulles Toll Road for $5.7 billion over 50 years. $700 million, the same figure that is needed for the first phase of Metro to Dulles and some highway improvements, would be handed over on the day the deal was signed.

I do not know what to make of the Toll Road offer, I am skeptical of privatizing toll highways, but I do not know enough to make an educated opinion on the subject.

As for the Nats deal, I think offering to pay for anything ballpark related will assure that MLB chooses someone else (which reports indicate they will anyway) — 100% public financing (or as close to it as possible) is one of MLB fundamental beliefs.

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