Team owner Ted Lerner met with Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray recently to discuss the proposal, reports Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. Gray was said to be "shocked" and said no. Can't say I'm surprised.
Nationals Park opened in 2008 at a cost of just over $700 million, including transportation and infrastructure improvements. Roughly $670 million was funded publicly, so the team was looking to get close to $1 billion in taxpayer money to build and improve their park in the span of a decade. That's outrageous.