Code of the District of Columbia

Part D. Eminent Domain for Hotel.


§ 10–1202.31. Definitions.

For the purpose of this part, the term:

(1) “New Convention Center Hotel Site” means 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., Washington, D.C., and public alleys to be closed.

(2) “New Convention Center” means the comprehensive international trade and exhibition center constructed within the area bounded by 7th Street, N.W., N Street, N.W., 9th Street, N.W., and Mount Vernon Square, N.W., Washington, D.C.

(3) “New Convention Center Hotel” means a hotel to be constructed on the New Convention Center Hotel Site.


(Sept. 28, 1994, D.C. Law 10-188, § 231, formerly § 801; as added Sept. 19, 2006, D.C. Law 16-163, § 201, 53 DCR 5430; Apr. 15, 2008, D.C. Law 17-144, § 3(f), 55 DCR 2527; renumbered Mar. 25, 2009, D.C. Law 17-353, § 122(g), 56 DCR 1117; Oct. 22, 2009, D.C. Law 18-78, § 2(h), 56 DCR 6959; Sept. 26, 2012, D.C. Law 19-171, § 73(a), 59 DCR 6190.)

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 17-144 rewrote par. (1); and, in par. (3), substituted “New Convention Center Hotel Site” for “New Convention Hotel Site”. Prior to amendment, par. (1) read as follows: “(1) ‘New Convention Center Hotel Site’ means square 370, bounded by 9th Street, N.W., 10th Street, N.W., M Street, N.W., and Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C., and lots 801 through 805, 40, 838, 839, 62, 65 through 67, 842, 848, 859, and 878, and square 369, bounded by M Street, N.W., 9th Street, N.W., L Street, N.W., and 10th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., and public alleys to be closed.”

D.C. Law 17-353, in the credit, renumbered the section designation from § 801 to § 231.

D.C. Law 18-78, in par. (1), substituted “Lot 26 (formerly known as Lots 18, 21, 22, 24, 801 through 806, 830 through 839, 843, and 845), Square 370” for “Lots 18, 21, 22, 24, 801 through 806, 830 through 839, 843, and 845, Square 370”.

The 2012 amendment by D.C. Law 19-171 made a technical correction to D.C. Law 18-78 which did not affect this section as codified.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 201 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(h) of New Convention Center Hotel Emergency Amendment Act of 2009 (D.C. Act 18-186, August 12, 2009, 56 DCR 6967).


§ 10–1202.32. Findings.

The Council finds that:

(1) The New Convention Center needs a New Convention Center Hotel adjacent to or in close proximity to the New Convention Center.

(2) Repealed.

(3) The construction and development of the New Convention Center Hotel will enable the Center to be more competitive in the convention market, attract increased business, provide for additional retail use, and enhance the financial viability of the Center.

(4) The assemblage of properties within the New Convention Center Hotel Site is necessary to allow for the development of a New Convention Center Hotel.

(5) The assemblage of properties in the New Convention Center Hotel site and the development of the New Convention Center Hotel is a municipal use that serves many public purposes and is in the interest of, and for the benefit of, the citizens of the District of Columbia.


(Sept. 28, 1994, D.C. Law 10-188, § 232, formerly § 802; as added Sept. 19, 2006, D.C. Law 16-163, § 201, 53 DCR 5430; Apr. 15, 2008, D.C. Law 17-144, § 3(g), 55 DCR 2527; renumbered Mar. 25, 2009, D.C. Law 17-353, § 122(h), 56 DCR 1117.)

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 17-144 repealed par. (2); rewrote par. (3); and, in par. (4), deleted “and for the expansion of the New Convention Center” from the end.

D.C. Law 17-353, in the credit, renumbered the section designation from § 802 to § 232.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 201 of New Convention Center Hotel Omnibus Financing and Development Emergency Act of 2006 (D.C. Act 16-404, June 26, 2006, 53 DCR 5404).


§ 10–1202.33. Eminent domain.

(a) The Mayor may exercise eminent domain in accordance with the procedures set forth in subchapter II of Chapter 13 of Title 16 to acquire properties in the New Convention Center Hotel Site to construct and develop the New Convention Center Hotel and such other real properties that the Mayor determines are necessary or convenient to construct a connection between the New Convention Center Hotel and the New Convention Center.

(b) The New Convention Center Hotel shall be constructed for the purpose of enhancing the New Convention Center and, to the extent the Mayor determines feasible, shall be physically connected to the New Convention Center, above or below grade, to permit direct access between the New Convention Center Hotel and the New Convention Center. The New Convention Center Hotel shall be located adjacent to or in close proximity to the New Convention Center and shall have approximately 1,100 rooms and suites, together with meeting and ballroom space, and other ancillary facilities, including retail, customarily found in similar convention center hotels.


(Sept. 28, 1994, D.C. Law 10-188, § 233, formerly § 803; as added Sept. 19, 2006, D.C. Law 16-163, § 201, 53 DCR 5430; Apr. 15, 2008, D.C. Law 17-144, § 3(h), 55 DCR 2527; renumbered Mar. 25, 2009, D.C. Law 17-353, § 122(i), 56 DCR 1117.)

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 17-144 rewrote the section.

D.C. Law 17-353, in the credit, renumbered the section designation from § 803 to § 233.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 201 of New Convention Center Hotel Omnibus Financing and Development Emergency Act of 2006 (D.C. Act 16-404, June 26, 2006, 53 DCR 5404).