Instead of Southampton vs. the Ashby Highrise we give you The City of Bellaire vs. the proposed West side Dynamo Stadium. Charlotte Aguilar of the Bellaire Examiner provides the details. One detail that wasn't made very clear (in this article) was whether or not Bellaire can do much about it.
Of more interest (to me) was this tidbit that suggested this "new" plan isn't as "new" as news reports have led us to believe:
One Bellaire councilmember might not be part of the city’s official debate. Newly elected Councilmember Corbett Parker counted Houston Dynamo CEO Oliver Luck among his campaign supporters, and Luck introduced him at one Bellaire fundraiser. Does Parker see this as a conflict? “Potentially,” he told the Examiner. “That’s one thing I’m going to have to look at.”I'm sure we'll hear something along the lines of the "mutual respect" that Mr. Parker and Mr. Luck share. Knowing the small-town manner in which Houston operates, we'll HEAR it, but we'll have trouble believing it.
UPDATE: In a second report Ms. Aguilar reports that details of the deal were a little more secret (to some) than the participants have let on. Insider information, back-room deals brokered by former Pols? It's the Houston Way!
UPDATE 2: ChronBlog reports.