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Quick Note: Nationals Park Will Stay Open
There has been recent controversy surrounding the status of Nationals Park. Today, the DCRA annnounced they will issue a temporary certificate of occupancy to keep the park open until a permanant one can be acquired. You can read the full statement below.
Since the opening of Nationals Park in 2008, operations have been allowed under a series of Conditional Certificates of Occupancy (C of Os) issued by the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA). DCRA has issued Conditional C of Os with the understanding that a good faith effort was being made to fulfill a Planned Unit Development (PUD) agreement entered into by Events DC with the Zoning Commission, and as the property was considered an active construction project. Fulfillment of the agreement as written would conclude the project and allow DCRA to issue a permanent C of O, pending a final inspection.
For 16 years, compliance with the agreement has been avoided by applying for Conditional C of Os. At this time, with no immediate construction occurring, a permanent solution is sought so that a permanent C of O may be issued. Earlier this summer, DCRA requested that Events DC, as a sign of good faith, file an application with the Zoning Commission to modify the PUD agreement .
As Events DC has followed through on the filing request, DCRA will issue another Conditional C of O which will expire on December 31, 2023 to allow time for the Zoning Commission to issue a ruling, and or for Events DC to submit any construction plans for review and approval.