Code of the District of Columbia

§ 10–1202.01. Definitions.

For the purposes of this chapter, the term:

(1A) “Armory” means the District of Columbia National Guard Armory.

(1B) “Authority” means the Washington Convention and Sports Authority established pursuant to § 10-1202.02.

(1C) “Bond” or “bonds” means any revenue bond, note, or other obligation (including refunding bonds, notes, or other obligations) used to borrow money to finance, assist in financing, or to refinance undertakings authorized by this chapter.

(2) “Chief Financial Officer” means the Chief Financial Officer established by § 1-204.24a(a).

(3) “Costs” means any and all expenses including expenses for preconstruction and construction, acquisition, alteration, enlargement of furnishing, fixturing and equipping, reconstruction and rehabilitation of the new convention center, including without limitation, the purchase or lease expense for all lands, structures, real or personal property, rights, rights-of-way, roads, franchises, easements and interest acquired or used for, or in connection with the new convention center project, the cost of demolishing or removing buildings or structures on land so acquired, including the expenses incurred for acquiring any lands to which the buildings may be moved or located, the expenses incurred for all utility lines, structures or equipment charges, interest prior to, during and for a period as the Authority may reasonably determine to be necessary for the placing of the new convention center in operation, provisions for reserves for principal and interest for extensions, enlargements, additions and improvements, expenses incurred for architectural engineering, energy efficiency technology, design and consulting, financial and legal services, fees for letters of credit, bond insurance, debt service or debt service reserve insurance, surety bonds or similar credit enhancement instruments, plans, specification studies, surveys, estimates of expenses and of revenues, expenses necessary or incident to determining the feasibility of constructing the new convention center, the financing of such construction, development and acquisition of the project in operation including, without limitation, a proper allowance for contingencies and the provision of reasonable initial working capital for operating the new convention center.

(4) “Dedicated taxes” means those taxes imposed pursuant to §§ 47-2002.02 and 47-2202.01, plus interest and penalties related thereto.

(4A) “District sports and entertainment facility” means:

(A) Any stadium, arena, or recreation site owned, operated, or under the direct control of the Authority, including Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, the District of Columbia National Guard Armory, and the ballpark, as defined in § 47-2002.05(a)(1)(A).

(B) Any property subordinate, or functionally related, to any stadium, arena, or recreation site, including team offices domiciled in a District sports and entertainment facility, parking lots, parking garages, and practice facilities.

(5) “Existing convention center” means the convention center constructed pursuant to subchapter III of this chapter, including any land and improvements appurtenant thereto.

(6) “New convention center” means a comprehensive international trade and exhibition center, to be constructed in 1 or more phases within an area designated pursuant to § 10-1202.15.

(7) “New convention center hotel” means a hotel to be constructed on the real property located in Lot 26 (formerly known as Lots 18, 21, 22, 24, 801 through 806, 830 through 839, 843, and 845), Square 370, bounded by 9th Street, N.W., 10th Street, N.W., L Street, N.W., and Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.

(8) “Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium” includes all property, facilities, equipment, and appliances of any kind comprising the areas designated as A, B, C, D, or E on the revised map entitled “Map to Designate Transfer of Stadium and Lease of Parking Lots to the District,” prepared jointly by the National Park Service (National Capital Region) and the District of Columbia Department of Public Works for site development and dated October 1986 (NPS drawing number 831/87284-A) and any other future additions thereto.


(Sept. 28, 1994, D.C. Law 10-188, § 201, 41 DCR 5333; Aug. 12, 1998, D.C. Law 12-142, § 2(a), 45 DCR 4826; Sept. 19, 2006, D.C. Law 16-163, § 114(a), 53 DCR 5430; Apr. 15, 2008, D.C. Law 17-144, § 3(a), 55 DCR 2527; Oct. 22, 2009, D.C. Law 18-78, § 2(a), 56 DCR 6959; Mar. 3, 2010, D.C. Law 18-111, § 2081(b), 57 DCR 181.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 9-802.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 10-1202.02c.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 16-163 added par. (7).

D.C. Law 17-144 rewrote par. (7) which had read as follows: “(7) ‘New convention center hotel’ means a hotel to be constructed on the area bounded by Ninth Street, N.W., Tenth Street, N.W., M Street, N.W., and Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.”

D.C. Law 18-78 rewrote par. (7), which had read as follows: “(7) ‘New convention center hotel’ means a hotel to be constructed on the real property located in Lots 18, 21, 22, 24, 801 through 806, 830 through 839, 843, and 845, Square 370, bounded by 9th Street, N.W., 10th Street, N.W., L Street, N.W., and Massachusetts Avenue, N. W.”

D.C. Law 18-111 redesignated par. (1) as par. (1C); added pars. (1A), (1B), (4A); and rewrote par. (2), which had read as follows: “(2) ‘Chief Financial Officer’ means the Deputy Mayor for Financial Management established pursuant to Mayor’s Order 88-13, as amended, or any successor authorized by the Mayor to review, plan, coordinate, and supervise all financial management programs, policies, strategies, proposals, and budgetary functions of the District.”

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 114(a) of New Convention Center Hotel Omnibus Financing and Development Emergency Act of 2006 (D.C. Act 16-404, June 26, 2006, 53 DCR 5404).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2(a) of New Convention Center Hotel Emergency Amendment Act of 2009 (D.C. Act 18-186, August 12, 2009, 56 DCR 6967).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2081(b) of Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Support Second Emergency Act of 2009 (D.C. Act 18-207, October 15, 2009, 56 DCR 8234).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2081(b) of Fiscal Year Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2009 (D.C. Act 18-260, January 4, 2010, 57 DCR 345).

Effective Dates

Section 2 of Pub. L. 105-227, 112 Stat. 1515, provided that D.C. Law 12-142 shall take effect on August 12, 1998.