A bill that would give the District of Columbia control over the RFK Stadium site was introduced by Rep. James Comer on Thursday. The bill would transfer ownership of the 190-acre site from the federal government to D.C., which would then be able to decide how to develop it.
The RFK Stadium site has been vacant since the Washington Redskins moved to FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, in 1997. The site has been the subject of much debate in recent years, with some people calling for it to be developed into a new stadium for the Washington Commanders, while others have proposed other uses for the land, such as a park or a mixed-use development.
Comer’s bill would give D.C. the authority to decide what to do with the site, and would also require the city to hold a public hearing on any proposed development.
“The RFK Stadium site is a valuable piece of property that should be developed in a way that benefits the people of the District of Columbia,” Comer said in a statement. “This bill would give D.C. the control it needs to make the best decision for the future of this site.”
The bill has been endorsed by Mayor Muriel Bowser and the D.C. Council. However, it is expected to face opposition from the Commanders, who have been hoping to build a new stadium on the RFK Stadium site.
The bill is still in its early stages, and it is not yet clear when it will be voted on by Congress. However, Comer’s introduction of the bill is a significant step forward for those who want to see the RFK Stadium site developed.