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The residents of Harrison are confused with this soccer Stadium.

Here are three links, http://www.usatoday.com/sports/soccer/mls/...y-stadium_x.htm (USA TODAY ARTICLE), http://theobserver.com/archives/08-10-05/ (THE OBSERVER), and http://www.nj.com/news/jjournal/index.ssf?...3480.xml&coll=3 (THE JERSEY JOURNAL)

In some of the articles it says 20,000 seat stadium, in others 25,000.

In some of the articles it says 160 million to build, in others 170 million.

The town will raise approximately $40 million, through the sale of general obligation bonds, to fund land acquisition, environmental remediation, capitalized interest, related redevelopment expenses and transactional costs.

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The deal also calls for the county, through the Hudson County Improvement Authority, to take out $40 million in tax-exempt bonds to pay for construction of a 1,500-space parking lot.

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Under the terms of the deal, Anschutz Entertainment Group, parent company of the MetroStars, will put up $15 million and take out bonds on an additional $60 million through the Hudson County Improvement Authority.

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The MetroStars hope to start their 2006 season at a stadium that would be built in Harrison, assuming that Hudson County officials agree to back a financing plan that would leave the small town responsible for $130 million in debt, town officials said Thursday.

And was that a

home to a 20,000 seat outdoor professional sports and entertainment venue which will serve as home to the MetroStars and a parking garage with 1,500 spaces.

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$40 million in tax-exempt bonds to pay for construction of a 1,500-space parking lot. The county will collect fees from commuter and on-site parking.

"They believe there is enough daily commuter traffic in Harrison that they can make money on this," Lauro said of the county's plan to collect parking revenues.

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That is important, because Harrison expects to pay its debt with revenue from the development and the 4,000-car garage, Higgins said.

Stadium income, including tickets and concession sales from games and concerts, would go to the MetroStars, and would allow the team to become profitable for the first time in its nine-year history, including payments to Major League Soccer, Sakiewicz said.

To whom?? Harrison, or is Harrison waiting for ”Improvement Authority Executive Director Norman Guerra, and County Executive Tom DeGise, the ranking elected official, said they await specifics from Harrison, particularly feasibility studies on how much revenue the parking garage will produce.”???

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2004/12/17 Jersey Journal

Fri Pg 3, 662 words 

Deal near for Harrison soccer stadium 

Matthew Futterman, Newhouse News Service

... sports authority, the town of Harrison and the MetroStars would evenly divide the costs of building an $84 million stadium beside the Passaic River. The sports authority would issue bonds to finance construction of the stadium, and Harrison is expected to dedicate property tax money from future development at the site to come up with its contribution to the project. The MetroStars had spent the past two years trying to finance a stadium in Harrison through the Hudson County Improvement... 

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If the Metrostars and the Town of Harrison are "evenly dividing the costs of the stadium" then why aren't the Metrostars and the Town of Harrison EVENLY DIVIDING THE REVENUE FROM THE STADIUM ??.

DOES THIS SOUND LOGICAL TO ANYONE ?? THE TOWN PUTS UP HALF OF THE MONEY, AND THE METROSTARS GET ALL THE PROFITS !! WHO THE HELL NEGOTIATED THIS "DEAL" FOR HARRISON ??

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2001/01/08 Jersey Journal

Mon Pg 2, 472 words 

Harrison hotel site plan is shown 

William Pena, Journal correspondent

... Danzi, who is originally from Jersey City, said he expects to have the formal site plan introduced at the next Planning Board meeting, scheduled for Feb. 28. He said the first guests could check in by year's end. According to former Councilman Peter Higgins III, the preliminary site plan was approved by the Redevelopment Agency. Higgins, a Redevelopment Agency member, also said the hotel would be finished long before proposed flood wall and levy construction along the river by... 

WHO THE HELL IS CALLING THESE SHOTS. AFTER THIS YEAR, YOU WOULD THINK THE WORDS "FLOOD ZONE" WOULD MEAN SOMETHING!!!!!!

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2001/06/21 JERSEY JOURNAL

Thu Pg 7, 271 words

$400G approved for Harrison flood control study

The Associated Press, 

... The Associated Press, WASHINGTON - The Energy and Water Subcommittee of the House of Representatives approved $92,050,000 in funding for New Jersey projects, including the dredging of the Kill van Kull between Bayonne and Staten Island and a flood control study for Harrison, U.S. Rep. Robert Menendez, D-Union City, said yesterday. The bill includes $44 million to fully fund the fiscal 2002 project requirements to deepen the Kill van Kull and Newark Bay; $22 million for the Port... 

What happened to this???

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July 08, 2004

Footying the bill

Major League Soccer, the only sport where most teams don't have new taxpayer-funded facilities, is working hard to remedy that situation. Last week, the New York/New Jersey MetroStars put forward a plan for a $160 million soccer-only stadium in Harrison, N.J. (across the Passaic River from Newark), all but $30 million of which would be paid for by the town. Under the plan, which still must be approved by Hudson County officials, the public costs would be "repaid" by tax revenues from an accompanying privately built $300 million complex of stores, offices and apartments

http://www.fieldofschemes.com/news/archives/000666.html

What do we believe? This town council hides so much!

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Guest Over Seeing a Big Problem

Houses in Harrison: 5254 (5136 occupied: 1645 owner occupied, 3491 renter occupied)

Renters are more passer by's who don't care about Harrison. Add 6,000 more

thats 9500 renters : 1645 owner occupied

Think Harrison has problems now?

yearly

Robberies 23

Assaults 29

Burglaries 61

52 weeks in a year!

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