New bill would allow D.C. to purchase RFK stadium from the federal government.

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New Bill Would Allow DC to Buy RFK Campus

March 22, 2019

By Cameron Jenkins

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes plans to introduce a bill in Congress next week allowing the District to be able to purchase RFK property from the federal government.

Norton’s goal is to put the property to good use, according to DCist.

“It’s a wasteland,” Norton told the DCist. “This is federal land that consists chiefly of parking lots. The federal government isn’t using it. All I’m trying to do is allow the District of Columbia, fair and square, to purchase the land, with the proceeds going to the U.S. Treasury.”

And D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser agrees. In her recent State of the District speech she condemned the current campus vacancy as a “national park dedicated to asphalt,”DCist reported.

But what is to come if this bill is passed and D.C. becomes the owner of the RFK campus?

A possible return for the Redskins or even residential, retail, and office space are all being considered.

“What we want to plan for is how to make the RFK site vibrant for the next 50-100 years,” Bowser’s chief of staff, John Falcicchio, said.

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