The Maryland Stadium Authority is moving forward on several feasibility studies for projects around the state.
The MSA voted Tuesday to approve conducting studies for a state horse park and for adding a training facility to Howard County’s Troy Regional Park for Major League Soccer’s D.C. United.
The board also approved a memorandum of understanding with Baltimore for the city’s help in paying for a study on expanding the Baltimore Convention Center and building a new arena. The amount the city will pay was not disclosed.
The Maryland Department of Legislative Services also approved for the MSA to work on feasibility studies for the convention center project as well as one for a headquarters and training complex for the National Football League’s Washington Redskins in Prince George’s County and one for a tennis park in Troy Park.
The MSA has six active studies in various phases, said Project Executive Gary A. McGuigan.
“I think we’re in pretty good shape,” McGuigan said. “When we met with DLS, we discussed the volume a bit.”
MSA Chairman John Morton III said if more studies came to the MSA, additional staff would need to be hired.
The stadium authority had requested that Baltimore officials contribute to the convention center/arena study’s cost of $150,000 after Gov. Martin O’Malley and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake asked the authority to pay for the entire study. The study will examine how an expanded convention center and attached arena would increase the city’s convention and tourism business.
The Maryland Horse Industry Board is paying the $8,000 cost of the first phase of a viability study for the state horse park.
Howard County officials had said they would pay $40,000 of the $75,000 cost for a tennis park study. Tacking on a site and market study for a D.C. United training facility will cost another $20,000, and will be paid entirely by Howard County, according to a letter from County Executive Ken Ulman to the MSA.
MSA uses Crossroads Consulting Services LLC, based in Tampa, Fla., as its consultant on the projects.