EXCLUSIVE: One Loudoun seeks to terminate stadium lease; looks for new baseball and soccer owners
In a complaint filed in Loudoun County Circuit Court One Loudoun, LLC. is seeking the determination that VIP no longer has any right to a ground lease the two groups signed in 2012.
"We have taken legal action to terminate the ground lease," said Bill May, the Vice Presdient of Miller and Smith Developers for the One Loudoun Development.
According to the documents, the complaint was filed in an "attempt to revive the public's dream of bringing professional baseball and soccer to Loudoun County."
The documents site the inability of VIP to deliver a stadium at Route 7 and Loudoun County Parkway by April 2014. They state that VIP has " no hope of obtaining the bona fide funds for the stadium project, now refuses to acknowledge the loss of its tenancy interest in the stadium property."
Plans are in place to find new owners to lead the effort to bring two professional sports teams to Loudoun, according to May.
VIP had struck deals to bring a minor league baseball team called the Loudoun Hounds to the stadium, as well as a North American Soccer League team named the Virginia Cavalry FC.
"Within a month's time we'll cast a net to see who is out there," said May.
May has made it clear that Miller and Smith has no desire to own the team, and would instead like to find a partner to own the team.
Baseball could still come to Loudoun, but VIP will not be part of the future at One Loudoun.
The Loudoun Hounds have moved out of their Dulles offices and the organization's phone numbers have been disconnected.
One Loudoun is also seeking monetary damages in the amount of $500,000.
Robert J. Farren, the president and CEO of VIP, could not be reached for comment nor has he returned calls in recent weeks.
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