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Ted Leonsis Headlines Ballston BID Celebration

The Ballston Business Improvement District celebrated its first anniversary on Thursday.

Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, Washington Mystics and the Verizon Center, addressed members of the Ballston business community at the Ballston Business Improvement District's 1-year anniversary celebration at the on Thursday.

According to a press statement released by the Ballston Business Improvement District,

"Ballston, home of Kettler Capitals Iceplex, is well positioned to promote its unique community as a premier place to live, work and play. “The goal was to bring a new world-class practice facility much closer to where we play at the Verizon Center and build a fantastic place where young players wanted to come and wanted to live. We wanted to build and activate a sense of community where good things would happen in Ballston,” said Leonsis. 'I’m not sure if we [the Washington Capitals] would be able to keep MVP-caliber players, like [Alex] Ovechkin, without a facility like the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Ballston.'"

Barry June 26, 2012 at 10:19 AM
Ballston is looking more and more run down, dirty buildings of undistinguished architecture, streetscape that's just grass and a few shabby trees and ornamental shrubs. Residential streets are poorly lighted and brick sidewalks are crumbling.
Janet June 27, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Fate of every tall mixed-use building in Arlington (few exceptions) after 15 years - dirty, needs a makeover, signs faded, cracked pavement, same ornamentals and trees as when the building opened, overgrown, and drought damaged. REITs who own the buildings don't care, they're from out-of-state.

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