D.C. Law 21-17. Soccer Stadium Development Technical Clarification Temporary Amendment Act of 2015.

D.C. Law 21-17. Soccer Stadium Development Technical Clarification Temporary Amendment Act of 2015.

AN ACT

To amend, on a temporary basis, the Soccer Stadium Development Act of 2014 to add a new definition, clarify findings, make technical and clarifying changes regarding the transmission of documents to the Council for approval, allow for the negotiation of enhanced performance, and make other technical and conforming changes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this act may be cited as the "Soccer Stadium Development Technical Clarification Temporary Amendment Act of 2015".

Sec. 2. The Soccer Stadium Development Act of 2014, effective March 11, 2015 (D.C. Law 20-233; to be codified at D.C. Official Code § 10-1651.01 et seq.), is amended as follows:

(a) Section 101 (to be codified at D.C. Official Code § 10-1651.01) is amended to read as follows:

"Sec. 101. Definitions.

"For the purposes of this title, the term:

"(1) "Northwest portion of Lot 24 in Square 665" means the northwest portion of Lot 24 in Square 665 as described in the letter of intent between the District and Potomac Electric Power Company dated December 27, 2013.

"(2) "Soccer stadium site" means the real property described as Squares 603S, 605, 607, 661, and 661N, and the northwest portion of Lot 24 in Square 665, and all public alleys and streets to be closed within these squares.".

(b) Section 102 (to be codified at D.C. Official Code § 10-1651.02) is amended as follows:

(1) A new paragraph (1A) is added to read as follows:

"(1A) The acquisition of land for, construction of, and operation of a new stadium for D.C. United in itself serves a public purpose, in particular because the stadium will promote the recreation, entertainment, and enjoyment of the public.".

(2) Paragraph (2) is amended by striking the phrase "Without the development" and inserting the phrase "In addition, without the development" in its place.

(c) Section 103 (to be codified at D.C. Official Code § 10-161.03) is amended as follows:

(1) Subsection (a)(2) is amended as follows:

(A) Strike the phrase "shall acquire" and insert the phrase "is authorized to acquire" in its place.

(B) Strike the phrase "as described in the letter of intent between the District and Potomac Electric Power Company ("PEPCO") dated December 27, 2013".

(2) Subsection (d) is amended to read as follows:

"(d) The Mayor shall transmit to the Council any agreement to acquire any portion of Squares 605, 607, or 661, or the northwest portion of Lot 24 in Square 665 that requires the approval of the Council pursuant to section 451 of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 803; D.C. Official Code § 1-204.51), not later than 30 days before the effective date of the agreement. Any such agreement shall be exempt from section 202(c) of the Procurement Practices Reform Act of 2010, effective April 8, 2011 (D.C. Law 18-371; D.C. Official Code § 2-352.02(c)).".

(3) Subsection (e) is amended by striking the phrase "as described in the letter of intent between the District and PEPCO dated December 27, 2013".

(d) Section 104 (to be codified at D.C. Official Code § 10-1651.04) is amended as follows:

(1) Subsection (a) is amended to read as follows:

"(a) Notwithstanding An Act Authorizing the sale of certain real estate in the District of Columbia no longer required for public purposes, approved August 5, 1939 (53 Stat. 1211; D.C. Official Code § 10-801 et seq.), the Mayor may enter into a ground lease ("revised ground lease") between the District of Columbia and DC Stadium LLC; provided, that :

"(1) The revised ground lease amends the ground lease between the District of Columbia and DC Stadium LLC, dated May 23, 2014 ("original ground lease") to:

"(A) Not contain any provision to abate District Sales tax;

"(B) Include the labor peace provisions set forth in subsection (c) of this section; and

"(C) Contain modifications to conform the terms of the original ground lease to the provisions of this act;

"(2) The Mayor transmits the revised ground lease to the Council for its review not later than 30 days before the effective date of the revised ground lease;

"(3) The Mayor transmits simultaneously to the Council for its review pursuant to section 451 of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 803; D.C. Official Code § 1-204.51), a revised development agreement ("revised development agreement") that amends the development agreement between the District of Columbia and DC Stadium LLC, dated May 23, 2014 ("original development agreement"), for the development of the soccer stadium site and that:

"(A) Extends the date by which the District shall acquire control of the soccer stadium site to September 30, 2015;

"(B) Extends the dates by which the District shall close streets and alleys, acquire fee title, demolish existing structures, perform infrastructure work (including all District obligations under article V of the original development agreement), and perform environmental remediation work (including all District obligations under article VI of the original development agreement), as such actions are described in articles III, IV, V, and VI of the original development agreement and may be described or referenced in other provisions of the original development agreement, each by 6 months;

"(C) Sets a date by which DC Stadium LLC shall complete the construction of a soccer stadium at the soccer stadium site;

"(D) Extends other dates as negotiated between the District and DC Stadium, LLC;

"(E) Amends section 5.9 of the original development agreement to read as follows: "Land Contribution. Within 30 days of the District's acquisition of either Lot 7 or Lot 802 in Square 605, the Stadium Developer shall pay to the District, or its designee, Two Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($2,500,000.00) to offset Land acquisition costs, unless the District acquires either Lot 7 or Lot 802 in Square 605 by the use of eminent domain and the aggregate price paid by the District for Lot 7 and Lot 802 is less than $25,148,760.";

"(F) Amends section 9.1(c) of the original development agreement to read as follows: "Designated Entertainment Area. The District shall grant to the Developer 'signage rights' with respect to the Land, such signage rights to be those rights described in the proposed Chapter 8 of Title 13 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations published in the DC Register on August 17, 2012.";

"(G) Provides that no fees, proffers, or deposits shall be borne or waived by the District pursuant to section 7.6 of the original development agreement before October 1, 2015; and

"(H) Includes the labor peace provisions set forth in subsection (c) of this section.; and

"(4) The Council does not adopt a resolution of disapproval pertaining to the ground lease within 30 days beginning on the day on which the ground lease is submitted to the Council, excluding days of Council recess.".

(2) Subsection (b) is amended to read as follows:

"(b)(1) The revised ground lease and the revised development agreement each may provide an enhanced "Performance Assurance" without increasing the District's financial obligations.

"(2) The revised development agreement shall be exempt from section 202(c) of the Procurement Practices Reform Act of 2010, effective April 8, 2011 (D.C. Law 18-371; D.C. Official Code § 2-352.02(c)).".

(3) Subsection (c) is amended by striking the phrase "DC Stadium, LLC and the District shall agree" and inserting the phrase "The District is authorized to agree" in its place.

(e) Section 107(b) (to be codified at D.C. Official Code § 10-1651.07(b)) is amended as follows:

(1) Paragraph (1) is amended by striking the phrase "September 4, 2014;" and inserting the phrase "December 15, 2014;" in its place.

(2) A new paragraph (2A) is added to read as follows:

"(2A) Any payment made by D.C. United to the District government pursuant to the revised ground lease;".

(f) Section 108 (to be codified at D.C. Official Code § 10-1651.08) is amended as follows:

(1) Subsection (a) is amended to read as follows:

"(a) The Mayor shall implement the Convention Center – Southwest Waterfront corridor as described in the "DC Circulator 2014 Transit Development Plan Update" dated September 2014.".

(2) Subsection (c) is amended to read as follows:

"(c) The Mayor shall make capital improvements of at least $250,000 to the Randall Recreation Center in Ward 6.".

(3) Subsection (d) is amended by striking the phrase "provide ongoing operations and programming funding for" and inserting the phrase "operate and provide programmed activities for" in its place.

(4) A new subsection (e) is added to read as follows:

"(e) The Mayor is authorized to negotiate other community benefit commitments from D.C. United and its affiliated entities, including those that promote youth soccer, education, employment opportunities, and job training programs.".

Sec. 3. Fiscal impact statement.

The Council adopts the fiscal impact statement of the Chief Financial Officer as the fiscal impact statement required by section 602(c)(3) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D.C. Official Code § 1-206.02(c)(3)).

Sec. 4. Effective date.

(a) This act shall take effect following approval by the Mayor (or in the event of veto by the Mayor, action by the Council to override the veto), a 30-day period of congressional review as provided in section 602(c)(1) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D.C. Official Code § 1-206.02(c)(1)), and publication in the District of Columbia Register.

(b) This act shall expire after 225 days of its having taken effect.