Code of the District of Columbia

Part B. Identified Projects.


Subpart 1. Gallery Place Project.

§ 2–1217.31. Gallery Place Project tax and fee abatements.

(a) For the purposes of this section, the term:

(1) “Development Sponsor” means Gallery Place Holdings LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, and its successors and assigns.

(2) “Gallery Place Project” means the acquisition, construction, installing, and equipping of a mixed-use complex located on Square 454, Lots 41, 824, 838, 857, 877, 878; the portion of the public alley that reverted to former Lot 820 (which is currently known as Lot 866), and former Lot 821 (which is currently known as Lot 867) pursuant to the Plat of Alley Closing filed with the Surveyor of the District of Columbia in Liber 17 at folio 74; and the portions of the public alley that will revert to Lots 41, 824, 838, 857, 877 and 878, all in Square 454, pursuant to the alley closing approved by the Closing of Public Alleys in Square 454 and Square 455, S.O. 98-194, Act of 1999, effective October 22, 1999 (D.C. Law 13-48; 46 DCR 6768), and consisting of:

(A) An approximately 60,000-square-foot multiplex cinema;

(B) A mixed-use facility providing for retail stores, dining, entertainment, a health and fitness club, offices, and related facilities;

(C) A market-rate housing complex consisting of approximately 170 residential units;

(D) A parking garage containing approximately 850 parking spaces; and

(E) Other ancillary improvements.

(b) All fees to be paid, and any deposits to be made, by or on behalf of the Development Sponsor in connection with the Gallery Place Project under § 6-661.01 are hereby waived.

(c) The amount of all taxes, fees, and deposits exempt, abated, or waived under subsection (b) of this section, §§ 45-922(24), 47-902(17), 47-1002(26), and 47-2005(32), shall not exceed, in the aggregate, $7 million.

(d) In accordance with § 9-401.06 providing a permanent form of government for the District of Columbia the Mayor shall expend up to $2 million to improve and repair the streets, sewers, alleys, sidewalks, curbs, and gutters abutting the Gallery Place Project. All assessments upon abutting property for the cost of improvements to such streets, sewers, alleys, sidewalks, curbs, and gutters, including any expenses of assessment, shall be waived.


(Apr. 3, 2001, D.C. Law 13-241, § 2, 48 DCR 610; Oct. 19, 2002, D.C. Law 14-213, § 40, 49 DCR 8140.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 42-1102, § 47-902, § 47-1002, and § 47-2005.

Editor's Notes

The subpart heading was added by the Codification Counsel as part of the codification of D.C. Law 20-110, §§ 21-211 as Subpart 5 of this part.


Subpart 2. Mandarin Oriental Hotel Project.

§ 2–1217.32. Mandarin Oriental Hotel Project fee deferral.

(a) For the purposes of this section, the term:

(1) “Development Sponsor” means Portals Hotel Site, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, and its successors and assigns.

(2) “Mandarin Oriental Hotel Project” means the acquisition and initial development, construction, equipping, and furnishing of a Mandarin Oriental hotel within the Portals project, located on Square 299, Lot 831, consisting of a 400-room hotel with approximately 33,000 square feet of associated meeting and banquet space, 2 restaurants, a health spa and fitness center totaling approximately 10,000 square feet, and approximately 90,000 square feet of public parking space for approximately 200 cars.

(3) “Mandarin TIF Bonds” means the tax increment financing bonds issued in connection with the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Project pursuant to the Tax Increment Revenue Bonds Mandarin Hotel Project Emergency Approval Resolution of 2000, effective March 7, 2000 (Res. 13-510; 47 DCR 2133), and the Mandarin Hotel Project Modification Approval Resolution of 2000, effective December 19, 2000 (Res. 13-745; 48 DCR 83).

(b) All fees to be paid, and any deposits to be made, by or on behalf of the Development Sponsor in connection with the initial development, construction, equipping, and furnishing of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Project under § 6-661.01, are hereby deferred until the Development Sponsor sells the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Project, as evidenced by the recordation of a deed conveying title to Square 299, Lot 831, at which time such amounts shall be due and payable without penalty or interest.

(c) The amount of all taxes, fees, and deposits deferred under subsection (b) of this section, §§ 42-1102(25), 47-902(19), 47-1002(27), and 47-2005(33), shall not exceed, in the aggregate, $4 million.

(d) This section shall apply upon the closing of the sale of the Mandarin TIF Bonds.


(Mar. 25, 2003, D.C. Law 14-232, § 2, 49 DCR 9764.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 42-1102 and § 47-2005.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2 of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Project Tax Deferral Emergency Act of 2001 (D.C. Act 14-227, January 8, 2002, 49 DCR 682).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2 of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Project Tax Deferral Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2002 (D.C. Act 14-345, April 24, 2002, 49 DCR 4300).

For temporary (90 day) fee deferrals for the Mandarin Oriental Hotel project, see § 2 of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Project Tax Deferral Second Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2002 (D.C. Act 14-563, December 23, 2002, 50 DCR 278).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2 of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Project Tax Deferral Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2003 (D.C. Act 15-36, March 24, 2003, 50 DCR 2764).

For temporary (90 day) repeal of section 5 of D.C. Law 14-232, see § 7018 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) repeal of section 5 of D.C. Law 14-232, see § 7018 of Fiscal Year Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2009 (D.C. Act 18-260, January 4, 2010, 57 DCR 345).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 day) addition of section, see § 2 of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Project Tax Deferral Temporary Act of 2002 (D.C. Law 14-143, May 21, 2002, law notification 49 DCR 5060).

Effective Dates

Section 5 of Law 14-232 provided that this act shall take effect subject to the inclusion of its fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan.

Editor's Notes

Section 7018 of D.C. Law 18-111 repealed section 5 of D.C. Law 14-232.

The subpart heading was added by the Codification Counsel as part of the codification of D.C. Law 20-110, §§ 21-211 as Subpart 5 of this part.


Subpart 3. City Market at O Street Project.

§ 2–1217.33a. City Market at O Street — Definitions.

For the purposes of this subpart [§§ 2-1217.33a to 2-1217.33n], the term:

(1) “Authorized Delegate” means the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, the Chief Financial Officer, the Treasurer, or any officer or employee of the executive office of the Mayor to whom the Mayor has delegated any of the Mayor’s functions under this subpart [§§ 2-1217.33a to 2-1217.33n] pursuant to § 1-204.22(6).

(2) “Available Increment” shall have the same meaning as set forth in the Reserve Agreement.

(3) “Available Real Property Tax Revenues” means the revenues resulting from the imposition of the tax provided for in Chapter 8 of Title 47, inclusive of any penalties and interest charges, exclusive of the special tax provided for in § 1-204.81 pledged to payment of general obligation indebtedness of the District.

(4) “Available Sales Tax Revenues” means the revenues resulting from the imposition of the tax under Chapter 20 of Title 47, including penalty and interest charges, exclusive of the portion thereof required to be deposited in the Washington Convention Center Fund established pursuant to § 10-1202.08.

(5) “Available Tax Increment” means the sum of the Available Sales Tax Revenues and Available Real Property Tax Revenues generated in the City Market at O Street TIF Area in any fiscal year of the District minus the sum of Available Sales Tax Revenues and Available Real Property Tax Revenues generated in the City Market at O Street TIF Area in the base year.

(6) “Bond Counsel” means a firm or firms of attorneys designated as bond counsel from time to time by the Mayor.

(7) “Bonds” means the District of Columbia revenue bonds, notes, or other obligations (including refunding bonds, notes, and other obligations), in one or more series, authorized to be issued pursuant to this subpart [§§ 2-1217.33a to 2-1217.33n].

(8) “Chairman” means the Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia.

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

(10) “Closing Documents” means all documents and agreements, other than Financing Documents, that may be necessary and appropriate to issue, sell, and deliver the bonds, and includes agreements, certificates, letters, opinions, forms, receipts, and other similar instruments.

(11) “Council” means the Council of the District of Columbia.

(12) “Development Costs” has the same meaning as in § 2-1217.01(13).

(13) “Development Sponsor” means City Market, L.L.C., a District of Columbia limited liability company, or any other entity that undertakes the development of the project with the approval of the Mayor.

(14) “District” means the District of Columbia.

(15) “Financing Documents” means the documents, other than Closing Documents, that relate to the financing or refinancing of transactions to be effected through the issuance, sale, and delivery of the bonds, including any offering document, and any required supplements to any such documents.

(16) “Home Rule Act” means Chapter 2 of Title 1 [§ 1-201.01 et seq.].

(17) “Project” means the financing, refinancing, or reimbursing of Development Costs incurred for the acquisition, construction, installing, and equipping of a mixed-use project consisting of retail, commercial, and residential space, and parking in Lots 829 and 830, Square 398.

(18) “Reserve Agreement” means that certain Reserve Agreement, dated as of April 1, 2002, by and among the District, Wells Fargo Bank Minnesota, N.A., and Financial Security Assurance, Inc.

(19) “TIF” means tax increment financing.


(Nov. 25, 2008, D.C. Law 17-278, § 2, 55 DCR 11050.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 2-1217.33e, § 2-1217.33f, § 2-1217.33g, § 2-1217.33i, and § 2-1217.33j.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) additions, see §§ 2 to 15 of Historic Anacostia Project Great Streets Initiative Tax Increment Financing Emergency Act of 2009 (D.C. Act 18-149, July 28, 2009, 56 DCR 6327).

For temporary (90 day) additions, see §§ 2 to 15 of Georgia Avenue Retail Project Great Streets Initiative Tax Increment Financing Emergency Act of 2009 (D.C. Act 18-156, July 28, 2009, 56 DCR 6348).

Editor's Notes

The subpart heading was added by the Codification Counsel as part of the codification of D.C. Law 20-110, §§ 21-211 as Subpart 5 of this part.


§ 2–1217.33b. Creation of the City Market at O Street Fund.

(a) There is established as a nonlapsing fund the City Market at O Street Fund. The Chief Financial Officer shall deposit into the City Market at O Street Fund the Available Tax Increment and any other taxes or fees specifically designated by law for deposit in the City Market at O Street Fund.

(b) The Mayor may pledge and create a security interest in the funds in the City Market at O Street Fund, or any sub-account within the City Market at O Street Fund, for the payment of the costs of carrying out any of the purposes described in subsection (c) of this section without further action by the Council as permitted by § 1-204.90(f). If bonds are issued, the payment shall be made in accordance with the provisions of the Financing Documents entered into by the District in connection with the issuance of the bonds.

(c) The funds deposited in the City Market at O Street Fund may be used to:

(1) Secure the repayment of the bonds; and

(2) Finance, refinance, or reimburse the District or the Development Sponsor for the project.

(d) If, at the end of any fiscal year of the District, the balance of cash and investments in the City Market at O Street Fund exceeds the amount of debt service (including prepayment of principal and interest), reserves on any bonds, and any approved bond-related administrative expenses during the upcoming fiscal year, the excess may be transferred to the unrestricted balance of the General Fund of the District of Columbia.

(e) Except as provided in subsection (d) of this section, all funds deposited into the City Market at O Street Fund, and any interest earned on those funds, shall not revert to the unrestricted fund balance of the General Fund of the District of Columbia at the end of a fiscal year, or at any other time, but shall be continually available for the uses and purposes set forth in subsection (c) of this section without regard to fiscal year limitation, subject to authorization by Congress.


(Nov. 25, 2008, D.C. Law 17-278, § 3, 55 DCR 11050.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 2-1217.33c.


§ 2–1217.33c. Creation of the City Market at O Street TIF Area.

(a) There is created a TIF area designated as the City Market at O Street TIF Area. The City Market at O Street TIF Area is defined as the real property located in Lots 829 and 830, Square 398. As provided under § 2-1217.33b, the Available Tax Increment from the City Market at O Street TIF Area shall be deposited in the City Market at O Street Fund and may be used for the purposes set forth in § 2-1217.33b.

(b)(1) The base year for determination of Available Sales Tax Revenues from locations within the City Market at O Street TIF Area shall be the tax year preceding the year in which this subpart becomes effective.

(2) The base year for determination of Available Real Property Tax Revenues shall be the tax year of the District preceding the year in which this subpart becomes effective and the initial assessed value to be used in making the determination of Available Real Property Tax Revenues shall be the assessed value of each lot of taxable real property in the City Market at O Street TIF Area for the preceding tax year in which this subpart becomes effective.


(Nov. 25, 2008, D.C. Law 17-278, § 4, 55 DCR 11050; Sept. 26, 2012, D.C. Law 19-171, § 20, 59 DCR 6190.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2012 amendment by D.C. Law 19-171 validated a previously made technical correction in (b)(2).


§ 2–1217.33d. Bond authorization.

(a) The Council approves and authorizes the issuance of one or more series of bonds in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $46.5 million to fund the project. The bonds, which may be issued from time to time, in one or more series, shall be tax-exempt or taxable as the Mayor shall determine and shall be payable and secured as provided in § 2-1217.33e.

(b) The proceeds of the bonds shall be used as follows:

(A) An amount not to exceed $35 million may be used for payment of Development Costs of the project, other than costs described in subparagraph (B) of this paragraph.

(B) An amount not to exceed $11.5 million may be used to pay the financing costs incurred by the District or the Development Sponsor and to fund capitalized interest and required reserves.


(Nov. 25, 2008, D.C. Law 17-278, § 5, 55 DCR 11050.)


§ 2–1217.33e. Payment and security.

(a) Except as may be otherwise provided in this subpart [§§ 2-1217.33a to 2-1217.33n], the principal of, premium, if any, and interest on, the bonds, and the payment of ongoing administrative expenses related to the bond financing shall be payable solely from proceeds received from the sale of the bonds, income realized from the temporary investment of those proceeds, receipts and revenues realized by the District from the City Market at O Street Fund, income realized from the temporary investment of those receipts and revenues prior to payment to the bond owners, and other funds that, as provided in the Financing Documents, may be made available to the District for payment of the bonds from sources other than the District, all as provided for in the Financing Documents.

(b) There is further allocated to the payment of debt service on the bonds the Available Increment, subordinate to the allocation of Available Increment to the Budgeted Reserve, as defined in the Reserve Agreement, all as more fully described in the Reserve Agreement and to the extent that the Reserve Agreement continues to apply to the Available Increment, to be used for the payment of debt service on the bonds to the extent that the revenues allocated in subsection (a) of this section are inadequate to pay debt service on the bonds. The allocation of Available Increment authorized by this subsection shall be made in compliance with all existing contractual obligations of the District with respect to the Available Increment and shall terminate on the date on which all of the bonds are paid or provided for and are no longer outstanding pursuant to their terms.

(c) Payment of the bonds shall be secured as provided in the Financing Documents and by an assignment by the District for the benefit of the bond owners of certain of its rights under the Financing Documents and Closing Documents to the trustee for the bonds pursuant to the Financing Documents.

(d) The trustee or paying agent is authorized to deposit, invest, and disburse the proceeds received from the sale of the bonds pursuant to the Financing Documents.


(Nov. 25, 2008, D.C. Law 17-278, § 6, 55 DCR 11050.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 2-1217.33d.


§ 2–1217.33f. Bond details.

(a) The Mayor is authorized to take any action reasonably necessary or appropriate in accordance with this subpart [§§ 2-1217.33a to 2-1217.33n] in connection with the preparation, execution, issuance, sale, delivery, security for, and payment of the bonds of each series, including, but not limited to, determinations of:

(1) The final form, content, designation, and terms of the bonds, including a determination that the bonds may be issued in certificated or book-entry form;

(2) The principal amount of the bonds to be issued and denominations of the bonds;

(3) The rate or rates of interest or the method for determining the rate or rates of interest on the bonds;

(4) The date or dates of issuance, sale, and delivery of, and the payment of interest on, the bonds, and the maturity date or dates of the bonds;

(5) The terms under which the bonds may be paid, optionally or mandatorily redeemed, accelerated, tendered, called, or put for redemption, repurchase, or remarketing before their respective stated maturities;

(6) Provisions for the registration, transfer, and exchange of the bonds and the replacement of mutilated, lost, stolen, or destroyed bonds;

(7) The creation of any reserve fund, sinking fund, or other fund with respect to the bonds;

(8) The time and place of payment of the bonds;

(9) Procedures for monitoring the use of the proceeds received from the sale of the bonds to ensure that the proceeds are properly applied and used to accomplish the purposes of the Home Rule Act and this subpart [§§ 2-1217.33a to 2-1217.33n];

(10) Actions necessary to qualify the bonds under blue sky laws of any jurisdiction where the bonds are marketed; and

(11) The terms and types of credit enhancement under which the bonds may be secured.

(b) The bonds shall contain a legend which shall provide that the bonds are special obligations of the District, are without recourse to the District, are not a pledge of, and do not involve, the faith and credit or the taxing power of the District (other than the Available Tax Increment, the Available Increment, and any other taxes and fees allocated to the City Market at O Street Fund), do not constitute a debt of the District, and do not constitute lending of the public credit for private undertakings as prohibited in § 1-206.02(a)(2).

(c) The bonds shall be executed in the name of the District and on its behalf by the manual or facsimile signature of the Mayor, and attested by the Secretary of the District of Columbia by the Secretary’s manual or facsimile signature.

(d) The official seal of the District, or a facsimile of it, shall be impressed, printed, or otherwise reproduced on the bonds.

(e) The bonds of any series may be issued in accordance with the terms of a trust instrument to be entered into by the District and a trustee or paying agent to be selected by the Mayor, and may be subject to the terms of one or more agreements entered into by the Mayor pursuant to § 1-204.90(a)(4).

(f) The bonds may be issued at any time or from time to time in one or more issues and in one or more series.

(g) The bonds are declared to be issued for essential public and governmental purposes. The bonds, the interest thereon, and the income therefrom, and all funds pledged or available to pay or secure the payment of the bonds, shall at all times be exempt from taxation by the District, except for estate, inheritance, and gift taxes.

(h) The District pledges, covenants, and agrees with the holders of the bonds that, subject to the provisions of the Financing Documents, the District will not limit or alter the revenues pledged to secure the bonds or the basis on which such revenues are collected or allocated, will not impair the contractual obligations of the District to fulfill the terms of any agreement made with the holders of the bonds, will not in any way impair the rights or remedies of the holders of the bonds, and will not modify, in any way, the exemptions from taxation provided for in this subpart [§§ 2-1217.33a to 2-1217.33n], until the bonds, together with interest thereon, and all costs and expenses in connection with any suit, action, or proceeding by or on behalf of the holders of the bonds, are fully met and discharged. This pledge and agreement for the District may be included as part of the contract with the holders of the bonds. This subsection constitutes a contract between the District and the holders of the bonds. To the extent that any acts or resolutions of the Council may be in conflict with this subpart [§§ 2-1217.33a to 2-1217.33n], this subpart [§§ 2-1217.33a to 2-1217.33n] shall be controlling.

(i) Consistent with § 1-204.90(a)(4)(B) and notwithstanding Article 9 of Chapter 28:

(1) A pledge made and security interest created in respect of the bonds or pursuant to any related Financing Document shall be valid, binding, and perfected from the time the security interest is created, with or without physical delivery of any funds or any property and with or without any further action;

(2) The lien of the pledge shall be valid, binding, and perfected as against all parties having any claim of any kind in tort, contract, or otherwise against the District, whether or not such party has notice; and

(3) The security interest shall be valid, binding, and perfected whether or not any statement, document, or instrument relating to the security interest is recorded or filed.


(Nov. 25, 2008, D.C. Law 17-278, § 7, 55 DCR 11050.)


§ 2–1217.33g. Issuance of the bonds.

(a) The bonds of any series may be sold at negotiated or competitive sale at, above, or below par, to one or more persons or entities, or issued to the Development Sponsor, and upon terms that the Mayor considers to be in the best interests of the District.

(b) The Mayor or an Authorized Delegate may execute, in connection with each sale of the bonds, offering documents on behalf of the District, may deem final any such offering document on behalf of the District for purposes of compliance with federal laws and regulations governing such matters, and may authorize the distribution of the documents in connection with the bonds.

(c) The Mayor is authorized to deliver executed and sealed bonds, on behalf of the District, for authentication, and, after the bonds have been authenticated, to deliver the bonds to the original purchasers of the bonds upon payment of the purchase price.

(d) The bonds shall not be issued until the Mayor receives an approving opinion from Bond Counsel as to the validity of the bonds of such series and, if the interest on the bonds is expected to be exempt from federal income taxation, the treatment of the interest on the bonds for purposes of federal income taxation.

(e) Unit A of Chapter 3 of this title and subchapter III of Chapter 3 of Title 47 shall not apply to any contract the Mayor may from time to time enter into, or the Mayor may determine to be necessary or appropriate, for the purposes of this subpart [§§ 2-1217.33a to 2-1217.33n].


(Nov. 25, 2008, D.C. Law 17-278, § 8, 55 DCR 11050.)


§ 2–1217.33h. Financing and Closing Documents.

(a) The Mayor is authorized to prescribe the final form and content of all Financing Documents and all Closing Documents to which the District is a party that may be necessary or appropriate to issue, sell, and deliver the bonds.

(b) The Mayor is authorized to execute, in the name of the District and on its behalf, the Financing Documents and any Closing Documents to which the District is a party by the Mayor’s manual or facsimile signature.

(c) If required, the official seal of the District, or a facsimile of it, shall be impressed, printed, or otherwise reproduced on the bonds, the other Financing Documents, and the Closing Documents to which the District is a party.

(d) The Mayor’s execution and delivery of the Financing Documents and the Closing Documents to which the District is a party shall constitute conclusive evidence of the Mayor’s approval, on behalf of the District, of the final form and content of the executed Financing Documents and the executed Closing Documents.

(e) The Mayor is authorized to deliver the executed and sealed Financing Documents and Closing Documents, on behalf of the District, prior to or simultaneously with the issuance, sale, and delivery of the bonds, and to ensure the due performance of the obligations of the District contained in the executed, sealed, and delivered Financing Documents and Closing Documents.


(Nov. 25, 2008, D.C. Law 17-278, § 9, 55 DCR 11050.)


§ 2–1217.33i. Limited liability.

(a) The bonds shall be special obligations of the District. The bonds shall be without recourse to the District. The bonds shall not be general obligations of the District, shall not be a pledge of, or involve, the faith and credit or the taxing power of the District (other than the Available Tax Increment, the Available Increment, and any other taxes or fees allocated to the City Market at O Street Fund), shall not constitute a debt of the District, and shall not constitute lending of the public credit for private undertakings as prohibited in § 1-206.02(a)(2).

(b) The bonds shall not give rise to any pecuniary liability of the District and the District shall have no obligation with respect to the purchase of the bonds.

(c) No person, including, but not limited to, any bond owner, shall have any claims against the District or any of its elected or appointed officials, officers, employees, or agents for monetary damages suffered as a result of the failure of the District to perform any covenant, undertaking, or obligation under this subpart [§§ 2-1217.33a to 2-1217.33n], the bonds, the Financing Documents, or the Closing Documents, or as a result of the incorrectness of any representation in or omission from the Financing Documents or the Closing Documents, unless the District or its elected or appointed officials, officers, employees, or agents have acted in a willful and fraudulent manner.


(Nov. 25, 2008, D.C. Law 17-278, § 10, 55 DCR 11050.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 2-1217.33j.


§ 2–1217.33j. District officials.

(a) Except as otherwise provided in § 2-1217.33i(c), the elected or appointed officials, officers, employees, or agents of the District shall not be liable personally for the payment of the bonds or be subject to any personal liability by reason of the issuance of the bonds, or for any representations, warranties, covenants, obligations, or agreements of the District contained in this subpart [§§ 2-1217.33a to 2-1217.33n], the bonds, the Financing Documents, or the Closing Documents.

(b) The signature, countersignature, facsimile signature, or facsimile countersignature of any official appearing on the bonds, the Financing Documents, or the Closing Documents shall be valid and sufficient for all purposes notwithstanding the fact that the individual signatory ceases to hold that office before delivery of the bonds, the Financing Documents, or the Closing Documents.


(Nov. 25, 2008, D.C. Law 17-278, § 11, 55 DCR 11050.)


§ 2–1217.33k. Maintenance of documents.

Copies of the specimen bonds and of the final Financing Documents and Closing Documents shall be filed in the Office of the Secretary of the District of Columbia.


(Nov. 25, 2008, D.C. Law 17-278, § 12, 55 DCR 11050.)


§ 2–1217.33l. Information reporting.

Within 3 days after the Mayor’s receipt of the transcript of proceedings relating to the issuance of the bonds, the Mayor shall transmit a copy of the transcript to the Secretary to the Council.


(Nov. 25, 2008, D.C. Law 17-278, § 13, 55 DCR 11050.)


§ 2–1217.33m. Grant authorization.

The Mayor may make a grant to the Development Sponsor in an amount not to exceed $2.5 million to assist in paying costs for architectural, engineering, design and consulting, and financial and legal services, and the costs related to the preparation of feasibility studies, plans, surveys, historic structure reports, reports of project revenues and expenses, and other predevelopment costs of the project.


(Nov. 25, 2008, D.C. Law 17-278, § 14, 55 DCR 11050.)


§ 2–1217.33n. Applicability. [Repealed]

Repealed.


(Nov. 25, 2008, D.C. Law 17-278, § 15, 55 DCR 11050; Mar. 3, 2010, D.C. Law 18-111, § 7004, 57 DCR 181.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) repeal, see § 7004 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) repeal, see § 7004 of Fiscal Year Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2009 (D.C. Act 18-260, January 4, 2010, 57 DCR 345).


Subpart 4. Howard Theatre Redevelopment Project.

§ 2–1217.34a. Howard Theatre Redevelopment Project — Definitions.

For the purposes of this subpart [§§ 2-1217.34a to 2-1217.34n], the term:

(1) “Authorized Delegate” means the City Administrator, the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, the Chief Financial Officer, the District of Columbia Treasurer, or any officer or employee of the executive office of the Mayor to whom the Mayor has delegated any of the Mayor’s functions under this subpart [§§ 2-1217.34a to 2-1217.34n] pursuant to § 1-204.22(6).

(2) “Available Real Property Tax Increment Revenues” means, for any fiscal year of the District, with respect to the Howard Theatre Redevelopment Project TIF Area, the revenues resulting in that fiscal year from the imposition of the tax under Chapter 8 of Title 47 and the tax under § 47-1005.01, including any penalties and interest charges, exclusive of the special tax provided for in § 1-204.81, pledged to the payment of general obligation indebtedness of the District, minus those same revenues generated in the Real Property Tax Base Year; provided, that such revenues are not otherwise exclusively committed to another purpose.

(3) “Available Sales Tax Increment Revenues” means, for any fiscal year of the District, with respect to the Howard Theatre Redevelopment Project TIF Area, the revenues resulting in that fiscal year from the imposition of the taxes under Chapters 20 and 22 of Title 47, including any penalties and interest charges, exclusive of the portion thereof required to be deposited in the Washington Convention Center Authority Fund established pursuant to § 10-1202.08, minus those same revenues generated in the Sales Tax Base Year; provided, that such revenues are not otherwise exclusively committed to another purpose.

(4) “Available Tax Increment” means the sum of the Available Sales Tax Increment Revenues and Available Real Property Tax Increment Revenue.

(5) “Bond Counsel” means a firm or firms of attorneys designated as bond counsel from time to time by the Mayor.

(6) “Bonds” means the District of Columbia revenue bonds, notes, or other obligations (including refunding bonds, notes, and other obligations), in one or more series, authorized to be issued pursuant to this subpart [§§ 2-1217.34a to 2-1217.34n].

(7) “Chairman” means the Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia.

(8) “Chief Financial Officer” means the Chief Financial Officer of the District of Columbia.

(9) “Closing Documents” means all documents and agreements, other than Financing Documents, that may be necessary and appropriate to issue, sell, and deliver the Bonds, and includes agreements, certificates, letters, opinions, forms, receipts, and other similar instruments.

(10) “Council” means the Council of the District of Columbia.

(11) “Development Agreement” means the development agreement between the District and the Development Sponsor setting for the terms and conditions upon and pursuant to which the District will issue the Bonds and the Development Sponsor will develop the project.

(12) “Development Costs” shall have the same meaning as in § 2-1217.01(13).

(13) “Development Sponsor” means Howard Theatre Restoration, Inc., a District of Columbia corporation, or a designee or assignee of, or successor to, Howard Theatre Restoration, L.L.C., approved by the Mayor.

(14) “District” means the District of Columbia.

(15) “Financing Documents” means the documents, other than Closing Documents, that relate to the financing or refinancing of transactions to be effected through the issuance, sale, and delivery of the Bonds, including any offering document, and any required supplements to any such documents.

(16) “Home Rule Act” means Chapter 2 of Title 1 [§ 1-201.01 et seq.].

(17) “Howard Theatre Parking Garage” means parking spaces dedicated for the exclusive use by, and in conjunction with, the Howard Theatre Redevelopment Project in Lots 21, 66, 67, 68, 97, 814, 815, 855, 857, 858, and 859, Square 441.

(18) “Howard Theatre Redevelopment Project” means the financing, refinancing, or reimbursing of Development Costs incurred for the acquisition, leasing, construction, rehabilitating, installing, and equipping of a new mixed-use facility, consisting of a multi-purpose entertainment venue, museum, restaurant, and educational center within the historic building in Lots 90 and 807, Square 441.

(19) “Howard Theatre Redevelopment Project TIF Area” means the area so designated in § 2-1217.34c.

(20) “Real Property Tax Base Year” means the tax year preceding the year in which this subpart [§§ 2-1217.34a to 2-1217.34n] becomes effective and the initial assessed value to be used in making the determination of Available Real Property Tax Revenues of each lot of taxable real property in the Howard Theatre Redevelopment Project TIF Area shall be the assessed value in the tax year preceding the year in which this subpart [§§ 2-1217.34a to 2-1217.34n] becomes effective.

(21) “Reserve Agreement” means that certain Reserve Agreement, dated as of April 1, 2002, by and among the District, Wells Fargo Bank Minnesota, N.A., and Financial Security Assurance, Inc.

(22) “Sales Tax Base Year” means the tax year preceding the year in which this subpart [§§ 2-1217.34a to 2-1217.34n] becomes effective.

(23) “TIF” means tax increment financing.


(Dec. 7, 2010, D.C. Law 18-275, § 2, 57 DCR 9873; Dec. 2, 2011, D.C. Law 19-44, § 2, 58 DCR 8935.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 2-1217.34b, § 2-1217.34e, § 2-1217.34f, § 2-1217.34g, § 2-1217.34i, § 2-1217.34j, § 2-1217.34m, and § 2-1217.34n.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 19-44, in par. (2), substituted “under Chapter 8 of Title 47 and the tax under § 47-1005.01, including” for “under Chapter 8 of Title 47 including”.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 2 of Howard Theatre Redevelopment project Great Streets Initiative Tax Increment Financing Emergency Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-516, August 3, 2010, 57 DCR 7971).

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 2 of Howard Theatre Redevelopment Project Great Streets Initiative Tax Increment Financing Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-573, October 19, 2010, 57 DCR 10090).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2 of Howard Theatre Redevelopment Project Great Streets Initiative Tax Increment Financing Emergency Amendment Act of 2011 (D.C. Act 19-17, March 1, 2011, 58 DCR 2562).

Temporary Legislation

Section 2 of D.C. Law 19-4 amended par. (2) to read as follows:

“(2) ‘Available Real Property Tax Increment Revenues’ means, for any fiscal year of the District, with respect to the Howard Theatre Redevelopment Project TIF Area, the revenues resulting in that fiscal year from the imposition of the tax under Chapter 8 of Title 47 of the District of Columbia Official Code and the tax under section 47-1005.01 of the District of Columbia Official Code, including any penalties and interest charges, exclusive of the special tax provided for in section 481 of the Home Rule Act, pledged to the payment of general obligation indebtedness of the District, minus those same revenues generated in the Real Property Tax Base Year; provided, that such revenues are not otherwise exclusively committed to another purpose.”.

Section 4(b) of D.C. Law 19-4 provided that the act shall expire after 225 days of its having taken effect.

Editor's Notes

The subpart heading was added by the Codification Counsel as part of the codification of D.C. Law 20-110, §§ 21-211 as subpart 5 of this part.


§ 2–1217.34b. Creation of the Howard Theatre Redevelopment Project Fund.

(a) There is established as a nonlapsing fund the Howard Theatre Redevelopment Project Fund, which shall be used solely as provided in subsection (d) of this section. The Chief Financial Officer shall deposit into the Howard Theatre Redevelopment Project Fund the Available Tax Increment and any other taxes or fees specifically designated by law for deposit in the Howard Theatre Redevelopment Project Fund.

(b) Except as provided in subsection (e) of this section, all funds deposited into the Howard Theatre Redevelopment Project Fund, and any interest earned on the funds, shall not revert to the unrestricted fund balance of the General Fund of the District of Columbia at the end of a fiscal year, or at any other time, but shall be continually available for the uses and purposes set forth in subsection (d) of this section without regard to fiscal year limitation, subject to authorization by Congress.

(c) The Mayor may pledge and create a security interest in the funds in the Howard Theatre Redevelopment Project Fund, or any sub-account within the Howard Theatre Redevelopment Project Fund, for the payment of the costs of carrying out any of the purposes described in subsection (d) of this section without further action by the Council as permitted by § 1-204.90(f). If Bonds are issued, the payment will be made in accordance with the provisions of the Financing Documents entered into by the District in connection with the issuance of the Bonds.

(d) The funds deposited in the Howard Theatre Redevelopment Project Fund may be used to:

(1) Secure the repayment of the Bonds;

(2) Pay debt service, including principal, premium, if any, and interest on the Bonds; and

(3) Finance, refinance, or reimburse the District or the Development Sponsor for costs of the Howard Theatre Redevelopment Project.

(e) If, at the end of any fiscal year of the District following the issuance of the Bonds authorized by this subpart [§§ 2-1217.34a to 2-1217.34n], the value of cash and investments in the Howard Theatre Redevelopment Fund exceeds the amount of all payments authorized by this subpart [§§ 2-1217.34a to 2-1217.34n] and the Financing Documents, including required deposits into reserve funds, amounts to be set aside for additional series of Bonds issued under this subpart [§§ 2-1217.34a to 2-1217.34n], and any coverage requirements associated with the sale of the Bonds, during the upcoming fiscal year, the excess shall be transferred to the General Fund of the District of Columbia, unless the District elects to use the excess to redeem Bonds prior to maturity.


(Dec. 7, 2010, D.C. Law 18-275, § 3, 57 DCR 9873.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 3 of Howard Theatre Redevelopment project Great Streets Initiative Tax Increment Financing Emergency Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-516, August 3, 2010, 57 DCR 7971).

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 3 of Howard Theatre Redevelopment Project Great Streets Initiative Tax Increment Financing Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-573, October 19, 2010, 57 DCR 10090).


§ 2–1217.34c. Creation of the Howard Theatre Redevelopment Project TIF Area.

There is hereby established the Howard Theatre Redevelopment Project TIF Area, which shall consist of the following real property:

(1) Lot 90, Square 441 (with a street address of 620 T Street, N.W.);

(2) Lot 807, Square 441 (with a street address of 1830 Wiltberger Street, N.W.); and

(3) The Howard Theatre Parking Garage.


(Dec. 7, 2010, D.C. Law 18-275, § 4, 57 DCR 9873.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 2-1217.34a.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 4 of Howard Theatre Redevelopment project Great Streets Initiative Tax Increment Financing Emergency Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-516, August 3, 2010, 57 DCR 7971).

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 4 of Howard Theatre Redevelopment Project Great Streets Initiative Tax Increment Financing Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-573, October 19, 2010, 57 DCR 10090).


§ 2–1217.34d. Bond authorization.

(a) The Council approves and authorizes the issuance of one or more series of Bonds in an aggregate amount not to exceed $4 million to fund costs of the Howard Theatre Redevelopment Project, including Development Costs, the financing costs and costs of issuance, capitalized interest, establishment of debt service or other reserve funds related to the Bonds, and any other debt program-related costs as determined by the Chief Financial Officer.

(b) The Mayor may pay from the proceeds of the Bonds, the costs and expenses incurred by the District of Columbia in issuing and delivering the Bonds.


(Dec. 7, 2010, D.C. Law 18-275, § 5, 57 DCR 9873.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 5 of Howard Theatre Redevelopment project Great Streets Initiative Tax Increment Financing Emergency Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-516, August 3, 2010, 57 DCR 7971).

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 5 of Howard Theatre Redevelopment Project Great Streets Initiative Tax Increment Financing Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-573, October 19, 2010, 57 DCR 10090).


§ 2–1217.34e. Bond details.

(a) The Mayor may take any action reasonably necessary or appropriate in accordance with this subpart [§§ 2-1217.34a to 2-1217.34n] in connection with the preparation, execution, issuance, sale, delivery, security for, and payment of the Bonds of each series, including, but not limited to, determinations of:

(1) The final form, content, designation, and terms of the Bonds, including a determination that the Bonds may be issued in certificated or book-entry form;

(2) The principal amount of the Bonds to be issued and denominations of the Bonds;

(3) The rate or rates of interest or the method for determining the rate or rates of interest on the Bonds;

(4) The date or dates of issuance, sale, and delivery of, and the payment of interest on, the Bonds, and the maturity date or dates of the Bonds;

(5) The terms under which the Bonds may be paid, optionally or mandatorily redeemed, accelerated, tendered, called, or put for redemption, repurchase, or remarketing before their respective stated maturities;

(6) Provisions for the registration, transfer, and exchange of the Bonds and the replacement of mutilated, lost, stolen, or destroyed Bonds;

(7) The creation of any reserve fund, sinking fund, or other fund with respect to the Bonds;

(8) The time and place of payment of the Bonds;

(9) Procedures for monitoring the use of the proceeds received from the sale of the Bonds to ensure that the proceeds are properly applied and used to accomplish the purposes of the Home Rule Act and this subpart [§§ 2-1217.34a to 2-1217.34n];

(10) Actions necessary to qualify the Bonds under blue sky laws of any jurisdiction where the Bonds are marketed; and

(11) The terms and types of credit enhancement under which the Bonds may be secured.

(b) The Bonds shall contain a legend, which shall provide that the Bonds are special obligations of the District, are without recourse to the District, are not a pledge of, and do not involve, the faith and credit or the taxing power of the District (other than the Available Tax Increment and any other taxes and fees allocated to the Howard Theatre Redevelopment Project Fund), do not constitute a debt of the District, and do not constitute lending of the public credit for private undertakings as prohibited in § 1-206.02(a)(2).

(c) The Bonds shall be executed in the name of the District and on its behalf by the manual or facsimile signature of the Mayor, and attested by the Secretary of the District of Columbia by the Secretary’s manual or facsimile signature.

(d) The official seal of the District, or a facsimile of it, shall be impressed, printed, or otherwise reproduced on the Bonds.

(e) The Bonds of any series may be issued in accordance with the terms of a trust instrument to be entered into by the District and a trustee or paying agent to be selected by the Mayor, and may be subject to the terms of one or more agreements entered into by the Mayor pursuant to § 1-204.90(a)(4).

(f) The Bonds may be issued at any time or from time to time in one or more issues and in one or more series.

(g) The Bonds are declared to be issued for essential public and governmental purposes. The Bonds, the interest thereon, and the income therefrom, and all funds pledged or available to pay or secure the payment of the Bonds, shall at all times be exempt from taxation by the District, except for estate, inheritance, and gift taxes.

(h) The District pledges, covenants, and agrees with the holders of the Bonds that, subject to the provisions of the Financing Documents, the District will not limit or alter the basis on which Available Real Property Tax Increment Revenues or Available Sales Tax Increment Revenues are received, allocated, applied, or pledged, will not impair the contractual obligations of the District to fulfill the terms of any agreement made with the holders of the Bonds, will not in any way impair the rights or remedies of the holders of the Bonds, and will not modify, in any way, the exemptions from taxation provided for in this subpart [§§ 2-1217.34a to 2-1217.34n], until the Bonds, together with interest thereon, and all costs and expenses in connection with any suit, action, or proceeding by or on behalf of the holders of the Bonds, are fully met and discharged. This pledge and agreement for the District may be included as part of the contract with the holders of the Bonds. This subsection shall constitute a contract between the District and the holders of the Bonds. To the extent that any acts or resolutions of the Council may be in conflict with this subpart [§§ 2-1217.34a to 2-1217.34n], this subpart [§§ 2-1217.34a to 2-1217.34n] shall be controlling.

(i) Consistent with § 1-204.90(a)(4)(B) and notwithstanding Article 9 of Subtitle I of Title 28:

(1) A pledge made and security interest created in respect of the Bonds or pursuant to any related Financing Document shall be valid, binding, and perfected from the time the security interest is created, with or without physical delivery of any funds or any property and with or without any further action;

(2) The lien of the pledge shall be valid, binding, and perfected as against all parties having any claim of any kind in tort, contract, or otherwise against the District, whether or not such party has notice; and

(3) The security interest shall be valid, binding, and perfected whether or not any statement, document, or instrument relating to the security interest is recorded or filed.


(Dec. 7, 2010, D.C. Law 18-275, § 6, 57 DCR 9873.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 6 of Howard Theatre Redevelopment project Great Streets Initiative Tax Increment Financing Emergency Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-516, August 3, 2010, 57 DCR 7971).

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 6 of Howard Theatre Redevelopment Project Great Streets Initiative Tax Increment Financing Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-573, October 19, 2010, 57 DCR 10090).


§ 2–1217.34f. Issuance of the Bonds.

(a) The Bonds of any series may be sold at negotiated upon terms that the Mayor considers to be in the best interests of the District.

(b) The Bonds also may be issued as a TIF note to the Development Sponsor and may be held and used as security for debt incurred or to be incurred by the Development Sponsor, an agent of the Development Sponsor, or another party selected by the Development Sponsor.

(c) The Mayor or an Authorized Delegate may execute, in connection with each sale of the Bonds, offering documents on behalf of the District, may deem final any such offering document on behalf of the District for purposes of compliance with federal laws and regulations governing such matters, and may authorize the distribution of the documents in connection with the sale of the Bonds.

(d) The Mayor is authorized to deliver executed and sealed Bonds, on behalf of the District, for authentication, and, after the Bonds have been authenticated, to deliver the Bonds to the original purchasers of the Bonds upon payment of the purchase price.

(e) The Bonds shall not be issued until the Mayor receives an approving opinion from Bond Counsel as to the validity of the Bonds of such series and, if the interest on the Bonds is expected to be exempt from federal income taxation, the treatment of the interest on the Bonds for purposes of federal income taxation.

(f) Chapter 3A of this title [§ 2-351.01 et seq.] and subchapter III of Chapter 3 of Title 47 shall not apply to any contract that the Mayor may from time to time enter into, or the Mayor may determine to be necessary or appropriate, for purposes of this subpart [§§ 2-1217.34a to 2-1217.34n].


(Dec. 7, 2010, D.C. Law 18-275, § 7, 57 DCR 9873; Sept. 26, 2012, D.C. Law 19-171, § 222, 59 DCR 6190.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2012 amendment by D.C. Law 19-171 substituted “Chapter 3A of this title” for “§ 2-301.01 et seq.” in (f).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 7 of Howard Theatre Redevelopment project Great Streets Initiative Tax Increment Financing Emergency Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-516, August 3, 2010, 57 DCR 7971).

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 7 of Howard Theatre Redevelopment Project Great Streets Initiative Tax Increment Financing Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-573, October 19, 2010, 57 DCR 10090).


§ 2–1217.34g. Payment and security.

(a) Except as may be otherwise provided in this subpart [§§ 2-1217.34a to 2-1217.34n], the principal of, premium, if any, on, and interest on, the Bonds shall be payable solely from proceeds received from the sale of the Bonds, income realized from the temporary investment of those proceeds, receipts and revenues realized by the District from the Howard Theatre Redevelopment Project Fund, income realized from the temporary investment of those receipts and revenues prior to payment to the Bond owners, and other funds that, as provided in the Financing Documents, may be made available to the District for payment of the Bonds from sources other than the District, all as provided for in the Financing Documents.

(b) There is further allocated to the payment of debt service on the Bonds the Available Increment. The Available Increment shall be subordinate to the allocation of Available Increment to the Budgeted Reserve (as defined in the Reserve Agreement and as these terms more fully described in the Reserve Agreement) to the extent that the Reserve Agreement continues to apply to the Available Increment and may be used for the payment of debt service on the Bonds to the extent that the revenues allocated in subsection (a) of this section are inadequate to pay debt service on the Bonds. The allocation of Available Increment authorized by this subsection shall be made in compliance with all existing contractual obligations of the District with respect to the Available Increment and shall terminate on the date on which all of the Bonds are paid or provided for and are no longer outstanding pursuant to their terms.

(c) Payment of the Bonds shall be secured as provided in the Financing Documents and by an assignment by the District for the benefit of the Bond owners of certain of its rights under the Financing Documents and Closing Documents to the trustee for the Bonds pursuant to the Financing Documents.

(d) The trustee or paying agent is authorized to deposit, invest, and disburse the proceeds received from the sale of the Bonds pursuant to the Financing Documents.


(Dec. 7, 2010, D.C. Law 18-275, § 8, 57 DCR 9873.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 8 of Howard Theatre Redevelopment project Great Streets Initiative Tax Increment Financing Emergency Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-516, August 3, 2010, 57 DCR 7971).

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 8 of Howard Theatre Redevelopment Project Great Streets Initiative Tax Increment Financing Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-573, October 19, 2010, 57 DCR 10090).


§ 2–1217.34h. Financing and Closing Documents.

(a) The Mayor is authorized to prescribe the final form and content of all Financing Documents and all Closing Documents to which the District is a party that may be necessary or appropriate to issue, sell, and deliver the Bonds.

(b) The Mayor is authorized to execute, in the name of the District and on its behalf, the Financing Documents and any Closing Documents to which the District is a party by the Mayor’s manual or facsimile signature.

(c) If required, the official seal of the District, or a facsimile of it, shall be impressed, printed, or otherwise reproduced on the Bonds, the Financing Documents, and the Closing Documents to which the District is a party.

(d) The Mayor’s execution and delivery of the Financing Documents and the Closing Documents shall constitute conclusive evidence of the Mayor’s approval, on behalf of the District, of the final form and content thereof.

(e) The Mayor is authorized to deliver the executed and sealed Financing Documents and Closing Documents, on behalf of the District, prior to or simultaneously with the issuance, sale, and delivery of the Bonds, and to ensure the due performance of the obligations of the District contained in the executed, sealed, and delivered Financing Documents and Closing Documents.


(Dec. 7, 2010, D.C. Law 18-275, § 9, 57 DCR 9873.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 9 of Howard Theatre Redevelopment project Great Streets Initiative Tax Increment Financing Emergency Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-516, August 3, 2010, 57 DCR 7971).

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 9 of Howard Theatre Redevelopment Project Great Streets Initiative Tax Increment Financing Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-573, October 19, 2010, 57 DCR 10090).


§ 2–1217.34i. Limited liability.

(a) The Bonds shall be special obligations of the District. The Bonds shall be without recourse to the District. The Bonds shall not be general obligations of the District, shall not be a pledge of, or involve, the faith and credit or the taxing power of the District (other than the Available Tax Increment and any other taxes or fees allocated to the Howard Theatre Redevelopment Project Fund), shall not constitute a debt of the District, and shall not constitute lending of the public credit for private undertakings as prohibited in § 1-206.02(a)(2).

(b) The Bonds shall not give rise to any pecuniary liability of the District and the District shall have no obligation with respect to the purchase of the Bonds.

(c) No person, including, but not limited to any Bond owner, shall have any claims against the District or any of its elected or appointed officials, officers, employees, or agents for monetary damages suffered as a result of the failure of the District to perform any covenant, undertaking, or obligation under this subpart [§§ 2-1217.34a to 2-1217.34n], the Bonds, the Financing Documents, or the Closing Documents, or as a result of the incorrectness of any representation in or omission from the Financing Documents or the Closing Documents, unless the District or its elected or appointed officials, officers, employees, or agents have acted in a willful and fraudulent manner.


(Dec. 7, 2010, D.C. Law 18-275, § 10, 57 DCR 9873.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 2-1217.34j.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 10 of Howard Theatre Redevelopment project Great Streets Initiative Tax Increment Financing Emergency Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-516, August 3, 2010, 57 DCR 7971).

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 10 of Howard Theatre Redevelopment Project Great Streets Initiative Tax Increment Financing Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-573, October 19, 2010, 57 DCR 10090).


§ 2–1217.34j. District officials.

(a) Except as otherwise provided in § 2-1217.34i(c), the elected or appointed officials, officers, employees, or agents of the District shall not be liable personally for the payment of the Bonds or be subject to any personal liability by reason of the issuance of the Bonds, or for any representations, warranties, covenants, obligations, or agreements of the District contained in this subpart [§§ 2-1217.34a to 2-1217.34n], the Bonds, the Financing Documents, or the Closing Documents.

(b) The signature, countersignature, facsimile signature, or facsimile countersignature of any official appearing on the Bonds, the Financing Documents, or the Closing Documents shall be valid and sufficient for all purposes notwithstanding the fact that the individual signatory ceases to hold that office before delivery of the Bonds, the Financing Documents, or the Closing Documents.


(Dec. 7, 2010, D.C. Law 18-275, § 11, 57 DCR 9873.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 11 of Howard Theatre Redevelopment project Great Streets Initiative Tax Increment Financing Emergency Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-516, August 3, 2010, 57 DCR 7971).

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 11 of Howard Theatre Redevelopment Project Great Streets Initiative Tax Increment Financing Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-573, October 19, 2010, 57 DCR 10090).


§ 2–1217.34k. Maintenance of documents.

Copies of the specimen Bonds and of the final Financing Documents and Closing Documents shall be filed in the Office of the Secretary of the District of Columbia.


(Dec. 7, 2010, D.C. Law 18-275, § 12, 57 DCR 9873.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 12 of Howard Theatre Redevelopment project Great Streets Initiative Tax Increment Financing Emergency Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-516, August 3, 2010, 57 DCR 7971).

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 12 of Howard Theatre Redevelopment Project Great Streets Initiative Tax Increment Financing Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-573, October 19, 2010, 57 DCR 10090).


§ 2–1217.34l. Information reporting.

Within 3 days after the Mayor’s receipt of the transcript of proceedings relating to the issuance of the Bonds, the Mayor shall transmit a copy of the transcript to the Secretary to the Council.


(Dec. 7, 2010, D.C. Law 18-275, § 13, 57 DCR 9873.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 13 of Howard Theatre Redevelopment project Great Streets Initiative Tax Increment Financing Emergency Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-516, August 3, 2010, 57 DCR 7971).

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 13 of Howard Theatre Redevelopment Project Great Streets Initiative Tax Increment Financing Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-573, October 19, 2010, 57 DCR 10090).


§ 2–1217.34m. Authority of the Chief Financial Officer.

Notwithstanding any other provision of this subpart [§§ 2-1217.34a to 2-1217.34n], any action taken by the Mayor to implement the provisions of this subpart [§§ 2-1217.34a to 2-1217.34n] shall be consistent with the Chief Financial Officer’s authority under § 1-204.24d.


(Dec. 7, 2010, D.C. Law 18-275, § 14, 57 DCR 9873.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 14 of Howard Theatre Redevelopment project Great Streets Initiative Tax Increment Financing Emergency Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-516, August 3, 2010, 57 DCR 7971).

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 14 of Howard Theatre Redevelopment Project Great Streets Initiative Tax Increment Financing Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-573, October 19, 2010, 57 DCR 10090).


§ 2–1217.34n. Fiscal impact of issuance.

For the purposes of determining the fiscal impact of this subpart [§§ 2-1217.34a to 2-1217.34n], the Bonds shall be deemed to be issued under the authority of subchapter IX-A of Chapter 12 of this title [§ 2-1217.71 et seq.], as a project within the 7th Street/Georgia Avenue, N.W., Retail Priority Area established pursuant to the Great Streets Neighborhood Retail Priority Areas Approval Resolution of 2007, effective July 10, 2007 (Res. 17-257; 54 DCR 7194 ).


(Dec. 7, 2010, D.C. Law 18-275, § 15, 57 DCR 9873.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 15 of Howard Theatre Redevelopment project Great Streets Initiative Tax Increment Financing Emergency Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-516, August 3, 2010, 57 DCR 7971).


Subpart 5. Skyland Town Center.

§ 2–1217.35a. Definitions.

For purposes of this subpart, the term:

(1) “Authorized Delegate” means the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, the Chief Financial Officer, the Treasurer, or any officer, or employee of the executive office of the Mayor to whom the Mayor has delegated any of the Mayor’s functions under this subpart pursuant to § 1-204.22(6).

(2) “Available Increment” shall have the same meaning as set forth in the Reserve Agreement.

(3) “Available Real Property Tax Revenues” means the revenues resulting from the imposition of the tax provided for in Chapter 8 of Title 47, inclusive of any penalties and interest charges, exclusive of the special tax provided for in § 1-204.81 pledged to payment of general obligation indebtedness of the District.

(4) “Available Sales Tax Revenues” means the revenues resulting from the imposition of the tax provided for in Chapter 20 of Title 47, including penalty and interest charges, exclusive of the portion thereof required to be deposited in the Washington Convention Center Fund established pursuant to § 10-1202.08.

(5) “Available Tax Increment” means the sum of the Available Sales Tax Revenues and Available Real Property Tax Revenues generated in the Skyland TIF Area in any fiscal year of the District minus the sum of Available Sales Tax Revenues and Available Real Property Tax Revenues generated in the Skyland TIF Area in the base year.

(6) “Bond Counsel” means a firm or firms of attorneys designated as bond counsel from time to time by the Mayor.

(7) “Bonds” means the District of Columbia revenue bonds, notes, or other obligations (including refunding bonds, notes, and other obligations), in one or more series, authorized to be issued pursuant to this subpart.

(8) “CBE Agreement” means an agreement governing certain obligations of the Developer under subchapter IX-A of Chapter 2 of this title [§ 2-218.01 et seq.], including the equity and development participation requirements set forth in § 2-218.49a.

(9) “Certified Business Enterprise” means a business enterprise or joint venture certified pursuant to subchapter IX-A of Chapter 2 of this title [§ 2-218.01 et seq.].

(10) “Chairman” means the Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia.

(11) “Chief Financial Officer” means the Chief Financial Officer of the District of Columbia established by § 1-204.24(a)(1).

(12) “Closing Documents” means all documents and agreements, other than Financing Documents, that may be necessary and appropriate to issue, sell, and deliver the Bonds, and includes agreements, certificates, letters, opinions, forms, receipts, and other similar instruments.

(13) “Council” means the Council of the District of Columbia.

(14) “Debt Service” means principal, premium, if any, and interest on the Bonds.

(15) “Developer” means Skyland Holdings, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, with a business address of 8405 Greensboro Drive, Suite 830, McLean, VA 22102-5121, or its successor, or one of its affiliates or assignees approved by the Mayor.

(16) “Development Costs” has the same meaning as in § 2-1217.01(13).

(17) “Development Sponsor” means Skyland Holdings, LLC, a District of Columbia limited liability company, or any other entity that undertakes the development of the project with the approval of the Mayor.

(18) “Financing Documents” means the documents, other than Closing Documents, that relate to the financing or refinancing of transactions to be effected through the issuance, sale, and delivery of the Bonds, including any offering document, and any required supplements to any such documents.

(19) “First Source Agreement” means an agreement with the District governing certain obligations of the Developer pursuant to § 2-219.03, and Mayor’s Order 83-265, dated November 9, 1983, regarding job creation and employment generated as a result of the construction on the Property.

(20) “Home Rule Act” means Chapter 2 of Title 1 [§ 1-201.01 et seq.].

(21) “Project” means the financing, refinancing, or reimbursing of Development Costs incurred for the acquisition, construction, installing, and equipping of a mixed-use project consisting of retail and residential space, and parking in the Skyland TIF Area.

(22) “Property” means the real property known as the Skyland Shopping Center and adjacent parcels, including any area within public alleys as hereinafter closed, and known for tax and assessment purposes as Square 5632, Lot 0001; Square 5632, Lot 0003; Square 5632, Lot 0004; Square 5632, Lot 0005; Square 5632, Lot 0802; Square 5633, Lot 0800; Square 5633, Lot 0801; Square 5641, Lot 0010; Square 5641, Lot 0011; Square 5641, Lot 0012; Square 5641, Lot 0013; Square 5641, Lot 0819; Square 5641N, Lot 0012; Square 5641N, Lot 0013; Square 5641N, Lot 0014; Square 5641N, Lot 0015; Square 5641N, Lot 0016; Square 5641N, Lot 0017; Square 5641N, Lot 0018; Square 5641N, Lot 0019; Square 5641N, Lot 0020; Square 5641N, Lot 0021; Square 5641N, Lot 0022; Square 5641N, Lot 0023; Square 5641N, Lot 0024; Square 5641N, Lot 0025; Square 5641N, Lot 0026; Square 5641N, Lot 0027; Square 5641N, Lot 0028; Square 5641N, Lot 0029; Square 5641N, Lot 0030; Square 5641N, Lot 0031; Square 5641N, Lot 0033; Parcel 0213/0052; Parcel 0213/0060; Parcel 0213/0061; Parcel 0214/0062; Parcel 0214/0088; Parcel 0214/0104; Parcel 0214/0182; Parcel 0214/0187; Parcel 0214/0189; Parcel 0214/0190; and Parcel 0214/0196.

(23) “Reserve Agreement” means that certain Reserve Agreement, dated as of April 1, 2002, by and among the District, Wells Fargo Bank Minnesota, N.A., and Financial Security Assurance, Inc.

(24) “TIF” means tax increment financing.


(June 21, 2014, D.C. Law 20-110, § 101, 61 DCR 4315.)


§ 2–1217.35b. Creation of the Skyland TIF Fund.

(a) There is established as a nonlapsing fund the Skyland TIF Fund. The Chief Financial Officer shall deposit into the Skyland TIF Fund the Available Tax Increment and any other taxes or fees specifically designated by law for deposit in the Skyland TIF Fund.

(b) The Mayor may pledge and create a security interest in the funds in the Skyland TIF Fund, or any sub-account within the Skyland TIF Fund, for the payment of debt service on the Bonds without further action by the Council as permitted by § 1-204.90. The payment of debt service shall be made in accordance with the provisions of the Financing Documents entered into by the District in connection with the issuance of the Bonds.

(c) If, at the end of any fiscal year of the District, the balance of cash and investments in the Skyland TIF Fund exceeds the amount of debt service (including prepayment of principal and interest), reserves on any Bonds, and any approved bond-related administrative expenses during the upcoming fiscal year, the excess shall be transferred to the unrestricted balance of the General Fund of the District of Columbia.


(June 21, 2014, D.C. Law 20-110, § 201, 61 DCR 4315.)


§ 2–1217.35c. Creation of the Skyland TIF Area; Available Sales Tax Revenues base year determinations.

(a) There is created a TIF area designated as the Skyland TIF Area. The Skyland TIF Area is defined as the real property located in Square 5632, Lot 0001; Square 5632, Lot 0003; Square 5632, Lot 0004; Square 5632, Lot 0005; Square 5632, Lot 0802; Square 5633, Lot 0800; Square 5633, Lot 0801; Square 5641, Lot 0010; Square 5641, Lot 0011; Square 5641, Lot 0012; Square 5641, Lot 0013; Square 5641, Lot 0819; Square 5641N, Lot 0012; Square 5641N, Lot 0013; Square 5641N, Lot 0014; Square 5641N, Lot 0015; Square 5641N, Lot 0016; Square 5641N, Lot 0017; Square 5641N, Lot 0018; Square 5641N, Lot 0019; Square 5641N, Lot 0020; Square 5641N, Lot 0021; Square 5641N, Lot 0022; Square 5641N, Lot 0023; Square 5641N, Lot 0024; Square 5641N, Lot 0025; Square 5641N, Lot 0026; Square 5641N, Lot 0027; Square 5641N, Lot 0028; Square 5641N, Lot 0029; Square 5641N, Lot 0030; Square 5641N, Lot 0031; Square 5641N, Lot 0033; Parcel 0213/0052; Parcel 0213/0060; Parcel 0213/0061; Parcel 0214/0062; Parcel 0214/0088; Parcel 0214/0104; Parcel 0214/0182; Parcel 0214/0187; Parcel 0214/0189; Parcel 0214/0190; and Parcel 0214/0196 and for any other parcel located within the geographic area bounded by a line beginning for the same at a point at the intersection of the northerly line of Good Hope Road, S.E., with the northerly line of Alabama Avenue, S.E., and running then northwesterly along said line of Good Hope Road, S.E., extended, to intersect a point on the east line of Naylor Road, S.E.; then northwesterly along said line of Naylor Road, to a point at the northwesterly corner of Lot 801 in Square 5633; then northeasterly along the northerly line of said lot & square to a point at the westernmost corner of Parcel 213/52; then continuing northeasterly along the northerly line of said Parcel 213/52, to a point at the southwesterly corner of Parcel 213/60; then northeasterly along the arc of a curve, deflecting to the right, along the westerly line of said Parcel 213/60, to a point at the northernmost corner of said Parcel 213/60; then southeasterly along the easterly lines of said Parcel 213/60 and 213/52 to a point at the northwesterly corner of Lot 33 in Square North of Square 5641; then easterly along the north property lines of said Lot 33 and Lots 16 through 31, both inclusive, in Square North of Square 5641 to a point at the northeast corner of said Lot 31 in said square; then south along the east line of said Lot 31 in said square to a point at the southeast corner thereof; then Westerly along the south lines of said Lots 31, 30, 29, 28, 27, 26, 25, 24, 23 and 22 in said square to a point at the southwest corner of said lot 22, to intersect a line drawn northwesterly from the northeast corner of Lot 12 in Square North of Square 5641; then southeasterly along said line drawn and the east line of said Lot 12 in said square, to a point at the southeast corner thereof, to a point that intersects a line drawn northwesterly from the northeast corner of Lot in Square 5641; then southeasterly along said line drawn and the east line of said Lot 13 in said square to a point at the southeast corner thereof; then southwesterly along the south property lines of Lots 13 and 12 in Square 5641 to a point that intersects a line drawn northwesterly from the northeast corner of Lot 819 in Square 5641; then Southeasterly along said line drawn and the east line of said Lot 819 in said square, to a point at the southeast corner of said Lot 819 in said square, on the north line of Alabama Avenue, S.E.; and then southwesterly along the arc of a circle, deflecting to the right, along said line of Alabama Avenue, to the point of beginning.

(b) As provided under § 2-1217.35b, the Available Tax Increment from the Skyland TIF Area shall be deposited in the Skyland TIF Fund and may be used for the purposes set forth in § 2-1217.35b.

(c)(1) The base year for determination of Available Sales Tax Revenues from locations within the Skyland TIF Area shall be tax year 2016.

(2) The base year for determining Available Real Property Tax Revenues shall be tax year 2016 and the initial assessed value to be used in making the determination of Available Real Property Tax Revenues shall be the assessed value of each lot of taxable real property in the Skyland TIF Area for tax year 2016.


(June 21, 2014, D.C. Law 20-110, § 202, 61 DCR 4315; Apr. 1, 2017, D.C. Law 21-233, § 2, 64 DCR 881.)


§ 2–1217.35d. Bond authorization.

The Council approves and authorizes the issuance of one or more series of Bonds in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $40 million to fund the project. The Bonds, which may be issued from time to time, in one or more series, shall be tax-exempt or taxable as the Mayor shall determine and shall be payable and secured as provided in §  2-1217.35e(c). The proceeds of the Bonds shall be used to pay Development Costs of the project and the financing costs incurred by the District or the Development Sponsor and to fund capitalized interest and required reserves.


(June 21, 2014, D.C. Law 20-110, § 203, 61 DCR 4315.)


§ 2–1217.35e. Payment and security.

(a) Except as otherwise provided in this subpart, the principal of, premium, if any, and interest on, the Bonds, and the payment of ongoing administrative expenses related to the bond financing shall be payable solely from proceeds received from the sale of the Bonds, income realized from the temporary investment of those proceeds, receipts and revenues realized by the District from the Skyland TIF Fund, income realized from the temporary investment of those receipts and revenues prior to payment to the Bond owners, and other funds that, as provided in the Financing Documents, may be made available to the District for payment of the Bonds from sources other than the District, all as provided for in the Financing Documents.

(b) There is further allocated to the payment of debt service on the Bonds the Available Increment, subordinate to the allocation of Available Increment to the Budgeted Reserve, as defined in the Reserve Agreement, all as more fully described in the Reserve Agreement and to the extent that the Reserve Agreement continues to apply to the Available Increment, to be used for the payment of debt service on the Bonds to the extent that the revenues allocated in subsection (a) of this section are inadequate to pay debt service on the Bonds. The allocation of the Available Increment authorized by this subsection shall be made in compliance with all existing contractual obligations of the District with respect to the Available Increment and shall terminate on the date on which all of the Bonds are paid or provided for and are no longer outstanding pursuant to their terms.

(c) Payment of the Bonds shall be secured as provided in the Financing Documents and by an assignment by the District for the benefit of the Bond owners of certain of its rights under the Financing Documents and Closing Documents to the trustee for the Bonds pursuant to the Financing Documents.

(d) The trustee or paying agent is authorized to deposit, invest, and disburse the proceeds received from the sale of the Bonds pursuant to the Financing Documents.


(June 21, 2014, D.C. Law 20-110, § 204, 61 DCR 4315.)


§ 2–1217.35f. Bond details.

(a) The Mayor is authorized to take any action reasonably necessary or appropriate in accordance with this subpart in connection with the preparation, execution, issuance, sale, delivery, security for, and payment of the Bonds of each series, including, but not limited to, determinations of:

(1) The final form, content, designation, and terms of the Bonds, including a determination that the Bonds may be issued in certificated or book-entry form;

(2) The principal amount of the Bonds to be issued and denominations of the Bonds;

(3) The rate or rates of interest or the method for determining the rate or rates of interest on the Bonds;

(4) The date or dates of issuance, sale, and delivery of, and the payment of interest on, the Bonds, and the maturity date or dates of the Bonds;

(5) The terms under which the Bonds may be paid, optionally or mandatorily redeemed, accelerated, tendered, called, or put for redemption, repurchase, or remarketing before their respective stated maturities;

(6) Provisions for the registration, transfer, and exchange of the Bonds and the replacement of mutilated, lost, stolen, or destroyed Bonds;

(7) The creation of any reserve fund, sinking fund, or other fund with respect to the Bonds;

(8) The time and place of payment of the Bonds;

(9) Procedures for monitoring the use of the proceeds received from the sale of the Bonds to ensure that the proceeds are properly applied and used to accomplish the purposes of the Home Rule Act and this subpart;

(10) Actions necessary to qualify the Bonds under blue sky laws of any jurisdiction where the Bonds are marketed; and

(11) The terms and types of credit enhancement under which the Bonds may be secured.

(b) The Bonds shall contain a legend which shall provide that the Bonds are special obligations of the District, are without recourse to the District, are not a pledge of, and do not involve, the faith and credit or the taxing power of the District (other than the Available Tax Increment, the Available Increment, and any other taxes and fees allocated to the Skyland TIF Fund), do not constitute a debt of the District, and do not constitute lending of the public credit for private undertakings as prohibited in §  1-206.02(a)(2).

(c) The Bonds shall be executed in the name of the District and on its behalf by the manual or facsimile signature of the Mayor, and attested by the Secretary of the District of Columbia by the Secretary’s manual or facsimile signature.

(d) The official seal of the District, or a facsimile of it, shall be impressed, printed, or otherwise reproduced on the Bonds.

(e) The Bonds of any series may be issued in accordance with the terms of a trust instrument to be entered into by the District and a trustee or paying agent to be selected by the Mayor, and may be subject to the terms of one or more agreements entered into by the Mayor pursuant to §  1-204.90(a)(4).

(f) The Bonds may be issued at any time or from time to time in one or more issues and in one or more series.

(g) The Bonds are declared to be issued for essential public and governmental purposes. The Bonds, the interest thereon, and the income therefrom, and all funds pledged or available to pay or secure the payment of the Bonds, shall at all times be exempt from taxation by the District, except for estate, inheritance, and gift taxes.

(h) The District pledges, covenants, and agrees with the holders of the Bonds that, subject to the provisions of the Financing Documents, the District will not limit or alter the revenues pledged to secure the Bonds or the basis on which such revenues are collected or allocated, will not impair the contractual obligations of the District to fulfill the terms of any agreement made with the holders of the Bonds, will not in any way impair the rights or remedies of the holders of the Bonds, and will not modify, in any way, the exemptions from taxation provided for in this subpart, until the Bonds, together with interest thereon, and all costs and expenses in connection with any suit, action, or proceeding by or on behalf of the holders of the Bonds, are fully met and discharged. This pledge and agreement for the District may be included as part of the contract with the holders of the Bonds. This subsection constitutes a contract between the District and the holders of the Bonds. To the extent that any acts or resolutions of the Council may be in conflict with this subpart, this subpart shall be controlling.

(i) Consistent with §  1-204.90(a)(4)(B) and notwithstanding Article 9 of Title 28:

(1) A pledge made and security interest created in respect of the Bonds or pursuant to any related Financing Document shall be valid, binding, and perfected from the time the security interest is created, with or without physical delivery of any funds or any property and with or without any further action;

(2) The lien of the pledge shall be valid, binding, and perfected as against all parties having any claim of any kind in tort, contract, or otherwise against the District, whether or not such party has notice; and

(3) The security interest shall be valid, binding, and perfected whether or not any statement, document, or instrument relating to the security interest is recorded or filed.


(June 21, 2014, D.C. Law 20-110, § 205, 61 DCR 4315.)


§ 2–1217.35g. Issuance of the Bonds.

(a) The Bonds of any series may be sold at negotiated or competitive sale at, above, or below par, to one or more persons or entities, or issued to the Development Sponsor, and upon terms that the Mayor considers to be in the best interests of the District.

(b) The Mayor or an Authorized Delegate may execute, in connection with each sale of the Bonds, offering documents on behalf of the District, may deem final any such offering document on behalf of the District for purposes of compliance with federal laws and regulations governing such matters, and may authorize the distribution of the documents in connection with the Bonds.

(c) The Mayor is authorized to deliver executed and sealed Bonds, on behalf of the District, for authentication, and, after the Bonds have been authenticated, to deliver the Bonds to the original purchasers of the Bonds upon payment of the purchase price.

(d) The Bonds shall not be issued until the Mayor receives an approving opinion from Bond Counsel as to the validity of the Bonds of such series and, if the interest on the Bonds is expected to be exempt from federal income taxation, the treatment of the interest on the Bonds for purposes of federal income taxation.

(e) Chapter 3A of this title [§  2-351.01 et seq.] and subchapter III-A of Chapter 3 of Title 47 shall not apply to any contract the Mayor may from time to time enter into, or determine to be necessary or appropriate, for the purposes of this subpart.


(June 21, 2014, D.C. Law 20-110, § 206, 61 DCR 4315.)


§ 2–1217.35h. Financing and Closing Documents.

(a) The Mayor is authorized to prescribe the final form and content of all Financing Documents and all Closing Documents to which the District is a party that may be necessary or appropriate to issue, sell, and deliver the Bonds.

(b) The Mayor is authorized to execute, in the name of the District and on its behalf, the Financing Documents and any Closing Documents to which the District is a party by the Mayor’s manual or facsimile signature.

(c) If required, the official seal of the District, or a facsimile of it, shall be impressed, printed, or otherwise reproduced on the Bonds, the other Financing Documents, and the Closing Documents to which the District is a party.

(d) The Mayor’s execution and delivery of the Financing Documents and the Closing Documents to which the District is a party shall constitute conclusive evidence of the Mayor’s approval, on behalf of the District, of the final form and content of the executed Financing Documents and the executed Closing Documents.

(e) The Mayor is authorized to deliver the executed and sealed Financing Documents and Closing Documents, on behalf of the District, prior to or simultaneously with the issuance, sale, and delivery of the Bonds, and to ensure the due performance of the obligations of the District contained in the executed, sealed, and delivered Financing Documents and Closing Documents.


(June 21, 2014, D.C. Law 20-110, § 207, 61 DCR 4315.)


§ 2–1217.35i. Limited liability.

(a) The Bonds shall be special obligations of the District. The Bonds shall be without recourse to the District. The Bonds shall not be general obligations of the District, shall not be a pledge of, or involve, the faith and credit or the taxing power of the District (other than the Available Tax Increment, the Available Increment, and any other taxes or fees allocated to the Skyland TIF Fund), shall not constitute a debt of the District, and shall not constitute lending of the public credit for private undertakings as prohibited in §  1-206.02(a)(2).

(b) The Bonds shall not give rise to any pecuniary liability of the District and the District shall have no obligation with respect to the purchase of the Bonds.

(c) No person, including, but not limited to, any Bond owner, shall have any claims against the District or any of its elected or appointed officials, officers, employees, or agents for monetary damages suffered as a result of the failure of the District to perform any covenant, undertaking, or obligation under this subpart, the Bonds, the Financing Documents, or the Closing Documents, or as a result of the incorrectness of any representation in or omission from the Financing Documents or the Closing Documents, unless the District or its elected or appointed officials, officers, employees, or agents have acted in a willful and fraudulent manner.


(June 21, 2014, D.C. Law 20-110, § 208, 61 DCR 4315.)


§ 2–1217.35j. District officials.

(a) Except as otherwise provided in §  2-1217.35i(c), the elected or appointed officials, officers, employees, or agents of the District shall not be liable personally for the payment of the Bonds or be subject to any personal liability by reason of the issuance of the Bonds, or for any representations, warranties, covenants, obligations, or agreements of the District contained in this subpart, the Bonds, the Financing Documents, or the Closing Documents.

(b) The signature, countersignature, facsimile signature, or facsimile countersignature of any official appearing on the Bonds, the Financing Documents, or the Closing Documents shall be valid and sufficient for all purposes notwithstanding the fact that the individual signatory ceases to hold that office before delivery of the Bonds, the Financing Documents, or the Closing Documents.


(June 21, 2014, D.C. Law 20-110, § 209, 61 DCR 4315.)


§ 2–1217.35k. Maintenance of documents.

Copies of the specimen Bonds and of the final Financing Documents and Closing Documents shall be filed in the Office of the Secretary of the District of Columbia.


(June 21, 2014, D.C. Law 20-110, § 210, 61 DCR 4315.)


§ 2–1217.35l. Information reporting.

Within 3 days after the Mayor’s receipt of the transcript of proceedings relating to the issuance of the Bonds, the Mayor shall transmit a copy of the transcript to the Secretary to the Council.


(June 21, 2014, D.C. Law 20-110, § 211, 61 DCR 4315.)


Subpart 6. Union Market District. [Repealed]

§ 2–1217.36a. Definitions. [Repealed]

Repealed.


(Oct. 22, 2015, D.C. Law 21-36, § 7192, 62 DCR 10905; Feb. 15, 2018, D.C. Law 22-58, § 15, 64 DCR 13442.)

Applicability

Section 7020 of D.C. Law 22-168 repealed section 16 of D.C. Law 22-58 removing the applicability restriction impacting this section. Therefore the repeal of this section by D.C. Law 22-58 has been implemented.

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-58: § 16 of D.C. Law 22-58 provided that the repeal of this section by § 15 of D.C. Law 22-58 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) addition of this section, see § 7162 of the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2015 (D.C. Act 21-127, July 27, 2015, 62 DCR 10201).


§ 2–1217.36b. Findings. [Repealed]

Repealed.


(Oct. 22, 2015, D.C. Law 21-36, § 7193, 62 DCR 10905; Dec. 13, 2017, D.C. Law 22-33, § 7302, 64 DCR 7652; Feb. 15, 2018, D.C. Law 22-58, § 15, 64 DCR 13442.)

Applicability

Section 7020 of D.C. Law 22-168 repealed section 16 of D.C. Law 22-58 removing the applicability restriction impacting this section. Therefore the repeal of this section by D.C. Law 22-58 has been implemented.

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-58: § 16 of D.C. Law 22-58 provided that the repeal of this section by § 15 of D.C. Law 22-58 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 7302 of Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2017 (D.C. Act 22-167, Oct. 24, 2017, 64 DCR 10802).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 7302 of Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2017 (D.C. Act 22-104, July 20, 2017, 64 DCR 7032).

For temporary (90 days) addition of this section, see § 7163 of the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2015 (D.C. Act 21-127, July 27, 2015, 62 DCR 10201).


§ 2–1217.36c. Declaration of intent. [Repealed]

Repealed.


(Oct. 22, 2015, D.C. Law 21-36, § 7194, 62 DCR 10905; Feb. 15, 2018, D.C. Law 22-58, § 15, 64 DCR 13442.)

Applicability

Section 7020 of D.C. Law 22-168 repealed section 16 of D.C. Law 22-58 removing the applicability restriction impacting this section. Therefore the repeal of this section by D.C. Law 22-58 has been implemented.

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-58: § 16 of D.C. Law 22-58 provided that the repeal of this section by § 15 of D.C. Law 22-58 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) addition of this section, see § 7164 of the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2015 (D.C. Act 21-127, July 27, 2015, 62 DCR 10201).


§ 2–1217.36d. Future legal requirements. [Repealed]

Repealed.


(Oct. 22, 2015, D.C. Law 21-36, § 7195, 62 DCR 10905; Feb. 15, 2018, D.C. Law 22-58, § 15, 64 DCR 13442.)

Applicability

Section 7020 of D.C. Law 22-168 repealed section 16 of D.C. Law 22-58 removing the applicability restriction impacting this section. Therefore the repeal of this section by D.C. Law 22-58 has been implemented.

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-58: § 16 of D.C. Law 22-58 provided that the repeal of this section by § 15 of D.C. Law 22-58 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) addition of this section, see § 7165 of the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2015 (D.C. Act 21-127, July 27, 2015, 62 DCR 10201).


Subpart 6A. Union Market.

§ 2–1217.36e. Definitions.

For the purposes of this subpart, the term:

(1) "Authorized Delegate" means the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, the Chief Financial Officer, the Treasurer, or any officer or employee of the executive office of the Mayor to whom the Mayor has delegated any of the Mayor's functions under this subpart pursuant to § 1-204.22(6).

(2) "Available Increment" shall have the same meaning as set forth in the Reserve Agreement.

(3) "Available Real Property Tax Revenues" means the revenues resulting from the imposition of the tax provided for in Chapter 8 of Title 47, inclusive of any penalties and interest charges, exclusive of the special tax provided for in § 1-204.81 pledged to payment of general obligation indebtedness of the District.

(4) "Available Sales Tax Revenues" means the revenues resulting from the imposition of the tax under Chapter 20 of Title 47, including penalty and interest charges, exclusive of the portion thereof required to be deposited in the Washington Convention Center Fund established pursuant to § 10-1202.08, and any amounts to be made available to the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority pursuant to section 7102 of the Revised Revenue Contingency List Act of 2017, enacted on July 31, 2017 (D.C. Act 22-130; 62 DCR 7652), and § 9-1111.15(b)(2)(A).

(5) "Available Tax Increment" means the sum of the Available Sales Tax Revenues and Available Real Property Tax Revenues generated in the Union Market TIF Area in any fiscal year of the District minus the sum of Available Sales Tax Revenues and Available Real Property Tax Revenues generated in the Union Market TIF Area in the applicable base year.

(6) "Bond Counsel" means a firm or firms of attorneys designated as bond counsel from time to time by the Mayor.

(7) "Bonds" means the District of Columbia revenue bonds, notes, or other obligations, in one or more series, authorized to be issued pursuant to this subpart. Unless otherwise specified, the term "bonds" shall include Refunding Bonds.

(8) "Chairman" means the Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia.

(9) "Chief Financial Officer" means the Chief Financial Officer established by § 1-204.24a(a).

(10) "Closing Documents" means all documents and agreements, other than Financing Documents, that may be necessary and appropriate to issue, sell, and deliver the bonds, and includes agreements, certificates, letters, opinions, forms, receipts, and other similar instruments.

(11) "Council" means the Council of the District of Columbia.

(12) "Debt Service" means principal, premium, if any, and interest on the bonds.

(13) "Development Costs" has the same meaning as in § 2-1217.01(13).

(14) "Development Sponsor" means Union Market Infrastructure Corp., qualified to do business in the District of Columbia, or any other entity that undertakes the development of the project with the approval of the Mayor.

(15) "District" means the District of Columbia.

(16) "Financing Documents" means the documents, other than Closing Documents, that relate to the financing or refinancing of transactions to be effected through the issuance, sale, and delivery of the bonds, including any offering document, and any required supplements to any such documents.

(17) "Home Rule Act" means Chapter 2 of Title 1.

(18) "Project" means the financing, refinancing, or reimbursing of Development Costs incurred for construction of infrastructure and retail parking within the Union Market TIF Area and adjoining public space.

(18A) "Refunding Bonds" means the District of Columbia bonds, notes, or other obligations, in one or more series, authorized to be issued pursuant to this subpart to refund the bonds.

(19) "Retail Parking" means structured parking located within the Union Market TIF Area that is designed to support the development of the Union Market TIF Area as a retail hub.

(20) "Reserve Agreement" means that certain Reserve Agreement, dated April 1, 2002, by and among the District, Wells Fargo Bank Minnesota, N.A., and Financial Security Assurance, Inc.

(21) "TIF" means tax increment financing.

(22) "Union Market TIF Area" means the geographical area described in § 2-1217.36g(a).


(Feb. 15, 2018, D.C. Law 22-58, § 2, 64 DCR 13442; Sept. 11, 2019, D.C. Law 23-16, § 2012(a), 66 DCR 8621.)

Applicability

Section 7020 of D.C. Law 22-168 repealed section 16 of D.C. Law 22-58 removing the applicability restriction impacting this section. Therefore the creation of this section by D.C. Law 22-58 has been implemented.

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-58: § 16 of D.C. Law 22-58 provided that the creation of this section by § 2 of D.C. Law 22-58 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.


§ 2–1217.36f. Creation of the Union Market TIF Fund.

(a) There is established as a nonlapsing fund the Union Market TIF Fund. The Chief Financial Officer shall deposit into the Union Market TIF Fund the Available Tax Increment and any other taxes or fees specifically designated by law for deposit in the Union Market TIF Fund.

(b) The Mayor may pledge and create a security interest in the funds in the Union Market TIF Fund, or any sub-account within the Union Market TIF Fund, for the payment of debt service on the bonds without further action by the Council as permitted by § 1-204.90(f). The payment of debt service shall be made in accordance with the provisions of the Financing Documents entered into by the District in connection with the issuance of the bonds.

(c) If, at the end of any fiscal year of the District, the balance of cash and investments in the Union Market TIF Fund exceeds the amount of debt service (including prepayment of principal and interest), reserves on any bonds, and any approved bond-related administrative expenses during the upcoming fiscal year, 50% of the excess shall be used to prepay the principal of the bonds and the remaining 50% of the excess shall be transferred to the unrestricted balance of the General Fund of the District of Columbia.


(Feb. 15, 2018, D.C. Law 22-58, § 3, 64 DCR 13442.)

Applicability

Section 7020 of D.C. Law 22-168 repealed section 16 of D.C. Law 22-58 removing the applicability restriction impacting this section. Therefore the creation of this section by D.C. Law 22-58 has been implemented.

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-58: § 16 of D.C. Law 22-58 provided that the creation of this section by § 3 of D.C. Law 22-58 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.


§ 2–1217.36g. Creation of the Union Market TIF Area.

(a) There is created a TIF area designated as the Union Market TIF Area. The Union Market TIF Area is defined as the real property located in Lots 0001, 0002, and 0003 in Square 3594; Lots 0003, 0007, 0808, 0823, 0824, 0825, 0826, 0828, 0829, 0830, 0831, 0832, 7006, 7007, 7008, 7009, 7010, 7011, 7012, 7013, 7014, 7015, 7016, 7017, 7018, 7019, 7020, 7021, 7022, and 7023 in Square 3587; Lots 0004, 0015, 0016, 0017, 0018, 0019, 0020, 0021, 0022, 0025, 0801, 0802, and 0803 in Square 3588; Lots 0003, 0008, 0009, 0029, 0030, 0031, 0032, 0033, 0034, 0035, 0036, 0049, 0050, 0051, 0052, 0053, 0804, 0805, 0806, and 0808, in Square 3589; Lots 0001, 0002, 0003, 0004, 0005, 0006, 0010, 0011, 0013, 0014, 0800, 0801, and 0802 in Square 3590; Lots 0002, 0003, 0004 and 0800 in Square 3591; Lots 0001, 0002, 0006, 0007, 0008, 0009, 0010, 0011, 0012, 0013, 0014, 0015, 0016, 0019, 0020, 0021, 0022, 0023, 0024, 0025, 0802, and 0803 in Square 3592; and Lots 0027, 0028, 0030, 0034, 0043, 0045, 0068, 0070, 0072, 0089, 0090, 0103, 0104, 0106, and 0112 in Parcel 0129.

(b) As provided under § 2-1217.36f, the Available Tax Increment from the Union Market TIF Area shall be deposited in the Union Market TIF Fund and may be used for the purposes set forth in § 2-1217.36f.

(c)(1)(A) The base amount for determination of Available Sales Tax Revenues shall be:

(i) $2,644,943 in base year 2018;

(ii) $4,924,957 in base year 2019;

(iii) $5,984,737 in base year 2020;

(iv) $6,529,609 in base year 2021; and

(v) $6,764,675 in base year 2022 and each base year thereafter through 2052.

(B) Repealed.

(2)(A) The base amount for determination of Available Real Property Tax Revenues shall be:

(i) $3,746,069 in base year 2018;

(ii) $4,858,887 in base year 2019;

(iii) $6,202,452 in base year 2020;

(iv) $7,488,037 in base year 2021; and

(v) $7,712,678 in base year 2022 and each base year thereafter through 2052.

(B) Repealed.

(3) The Union Market TIF Area shall terminate on the earliest of:

(A) Twenty-five years after the issuance of the last bonds issued pursuant to this subpart;

(B) The date on which the bonds are paid in full or are defeased and are no longer outstanding; or

(C) March 1, 2027 if no bonds are issued.


(Feb. 15, 2018, D.C. Law 22-58, § 4, 64 DCR 13442; Oct. 30, 2018, D.C. Law 22-168, § 7302, 65 DCR 9388.)

Applicability

Section 7020 of D.C. Law 22-168 repealed section 16 of D.C. Law 22-58 removing the applicability restriction impacting this section. Therefore the creation of this section by D.C. Law 22-58 has been implemented.

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-58: § 16 of D.C. Law 22-58 provided that the creation of this section by § 4 of D.C. Law 22-58 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 7302 of Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2018 (D.C. Act 22-458, Oct. 3, 2018, 65 DCR 11212).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 7302 of Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2018 (D.C. Act 22-434, July 30, 2018, 65 DCR 8200).


§ 2–1217.36h. Bond authorization.

(a)(1) The Council approves and authorizes the issuance of one or more series of bonds in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $82.4 million to fund the project. The bonds, which may be issued from time to time, in one or more series, shall be tax-exempt or taxable as the Mayor shall determine and shall be payable and secured as provided in § 2-1217.36i.

(2) Bonds in the aggregate principal amount of $46.4 million may be issued to pay for the construction of infrastructure and related Development Costs.

(3) Bonds in the aggregate principal amount not to exceed $36 million may be issued to pay for the construction of Retail Parking and related Development Costs.

(b) The Mayor may pay from the proceeds of the bonds the financing costs and expenses of issuing and delivering the bonds, including, but not limited to, underwriting, legal, accounting, financial advisory, credit enhancement, marketing, sale, and printing costs and expenses.


(Feb. 15, 2018, D.C. Law 22-58, § 5, 64 DCR 13442.)

Applicability

Section 7020 of D.C. Law 22-168 repealed section 16 of D.C. Law 22-58 removing the applicability restriction impacting this section. Therefore the creation of this section by D.C. Law 22-58 has been implemented.

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-58: § 16 of D.C. Law 22-58 provided that the creation of this section by § 5 of D.C. Law 22-58 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.


§ 2–1217.36i. Payment and security.

(a) Except as may be otherwise provided in this subpart, the principal of, premium, if any, and interest on, the bonds, and the payment of ongoing administrative expenses related to the bond financing shall be payable solely from proceeds received from the sale of the bonds, income realized from the temporary investment of those proceeds, receipts and revenues realized by the District from the Union Market TIF Fund, income realized from the temporary investment of those receipts and revenues prior to payment to the bond owners, and other funds that, as provided in the Financing Documents, may be made available to the District for payment of the bonds from sources other than the District, all as provided for in the Financing Documents.

(b) There is further allocated to the payment of debt service, on up to $36 million of the bonds the Available Increment, subordinate to the allocation of Available Increment to the Budgeted Reserve, as defined in the Reserve Agreement, all as more fully described in the Reserve Agreement and to the extent that the Reserve Agreement continues to apply to the Available Increment, to be used for the payment of debt service on the bonds to the extent that the revenues allocated in subsection (a) of this section are inadequate to pay debt service on the bonds. The allocation of Available Increment authorized by this subsection shall be made in compliance with all existing contractual obligations of the District with respect to the Available Increment and shall terminate on the date on which all of the bonds are paid or provided for and are no longer outstanding pursuant to their terms. The foregoing allocation of Available Increment may be increased to apply to bonds in excess of $36 million; provided, that the Development Sponsor advances the amount of any reserve required in the District's budget to support such increased allocation and any amount remaining in such reserve upon payment in full of such bonds shall be returned to Development Sponsor.

(c) Payment of the bonds shall be secured as provided in the Financing Documents and by an assignment by the District for the benefit of the bond owners of certain of its rights under the Financing Documents and Closing Documents to the trustee for the bonds pursuant to the Financing Documents.

(d) The trustee or paying agent is authorized to deposit, invest, and disburse the proceeds received from the sale of the bonds pursuant to the Financing Documents.


(Feb. 15, 2018, D.C. Law 22-58, § 6, 64 DCR 13442.)

Applicability

Section 7020 of D.C. Law 22-168 repealed section 16 of D.C. Law 22-58 removing the applicability restriction impacting this section. Therefore the creation of this section by D.C. Law 22-58 has been implemented.

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-58: § 16 of D.C. Law 22-58 provided that the creation of this section by § 6 of D.C. Law 22-58 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.


§ 2–1217.36j. Bond details.

(a) The Mayor is authorized to take any action reasonably necessary or appropriate in accordance with this subpart in connection with the preparation, execution, issuance, sale, delivery, security for, and payment of the bonds of each series, including, but not limited to, determinations of:

(1) The final form, content, designation, and terms of the bonds, including a determination that the bonds may be issued in certificated or book-entry form;

(2) The principal amount of the bonds to be issued and denominations of the bonds;

(3) The rate or rates of interest or the method for determining the rate or rates of interest on the bonds;

(4) The date or dates of issuance, sale, and delivery of, and the payment of interest on, the bonds, and the maturity date or dates of the bonds;

(5) The terms under which the bonds may be paid, optionally or mandatorily redeemed, accelerated, tendered, called, or put for redemption, repurchase, or remarketing before their respective stated maturities;

(6) Provisions for the registration, transfer, and exchange of the bonds and the replacement of mutilated, lost, stolen, or destroyed bonds;

(7) The creation of any reserve fund, sinking fund, or other fund with respect to the bonds;

(8) The time and place of payment of the bonds;

(9) Procedures for monitoring the use of the proceeds received from the sale of the bonds to ensure that the proceeds are properly applied and used to accomplish the purposes of the Home Rule Act and this subpart;

(10) Actions necessary to qualify the bonds under blue sky laws of any jurisdiction where the bonds are marketed; and

(11) The terms and types of any credit enhancement under which the bonds may be secured.

(b) The bonds shall contain a legend which shall provide that the bonds are special obligations of the District, are without recourse to the District, are not a pledge of, and do not involve, the faith and credit or the taxing power of the District (other than the Available Tax Increment, the Available Increment, and any other taxes and fees allocated to the Union Market TIF Fund), do not constitute a debt of the District, and do not constitute lending of the public credit for private undertakings as prohibited in § 1-206.02(a)(2).

(c) The bonds shall be executed in the name of the District and on its behalf by the manual or facsimile signature of the Mayor, and attested by the Secretary of the District of Columbia by the Secretary's manual or facsimile signature.

(d) The official seal of the District, or a facsimile of it, shall be impressed, printed, or otherwise reproduced on the bonds.

(e) The bonds of any series may be issued in accordance with the terms of a trust instrument to be entered into by the District and a trustee or paying agent to be selected by the Mayor, and may be subject to the terms of one or more agreements entered into by the Mayor pursuant to § 1-204.90(a)(4).

(f) The bonds may be issued at any time or from time to time in one or more issues and in one or more series.

(g) The bonds are declared to be issued for essential public and governmental purposes. The bonds, the interest thereon, and the income therefrom, and all funds pledged or available to pay or secure the payment of the bonds, shall at all times be exempt from taxation by the District, except for estate, inheritance, and gift taxes.

(h) The District pledges, covenants, and agrees with the holders of the bonds that, subject to the provisions of the Financing Documents, the District will not limit or alter the revenues pledged to secure the bonds or the basis on which such revenues are collected or allocated, will not impair the contractual obligations of the District to fulfill the terms of any agreement made with the holders of the bonds, will not in any way impair the rights or remedies of the holders of the bonds, and will not modify, in any way, the exemptions from taxation provided for in this subpart, until the bonds, together with interest thereon, and all costs and expenses in connection with any suit, action, or proceeding by or on behalf of the holders of the bonds, are fully met and discharged. This pledge and agreement for the District may be included as part of the contract with the holders of the bonds. This subsection constitutes a contract between the District and the holders of the bonds. To the extent that any acts or resolutions of the Council may be in conflict with this subpart, this subpart shall be controlling.

(i) Consistent with § 1-204.90(a)(4)(B) and notwithstanding article 9 of Subtitle I of Title 28:

(1) A pledge made and security interest created in respect of the bonds or pursuant to any related Financing Document shall be valid, binding, and perfected from the time the security interest is created, with or without physical delivery of any funds or any property and with or without any further action;

(2) The lien of the pledge shall be valid, binding, and perfected as against all parties having any claim of any kind in tort, contract, or otherwise against the District, whether or not such party has notice; and

(3) The security interest shall be valid, binding, and perfected whether or not any statement, document, or instrument relating to the security interest is recorded or filed.


(Feb. 15, 2018, D.C. Law 22-58, § 7, 64 DCR 13442.)

Applicability

Section 7020 of D.C. Law 22-168 repealed section 16 of D.C. Law 22-58 removing the applicability restriction impacting this section. Therefore the creation of this section by D.C. Law 22-58 has been implemented.

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-58: § 16 of D.C. Law 22-58 provided that the creation of this section by § 7 of D.C. Law 22-58 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.


§ 2–1217.36k. Issuance of the bonds.

(a) The bonds of any series may be sold at negotiated or competitive sale at, above, or below par, to one or more persons or entities, and upon terms that the Mayor considers to be in the best interests of the District.

(b) The Mayor or an Authorized Delegate may execute, in connection with each sale of the bonds, offering documents on behalf of the District, may deem final any such offering document on behalf of the District for purposes of compliance with federal laws and regulations governing such matters, and may authorize the distribution of the documents in connection with the bonds.

(c) The Mayor is authorized to deliver executed and sealed bonds, on behalf of the District, for authentication, and, after the bonds have been authenticated, to deliver the bonds to the original purchasers of the bonds upon payment of the purchase price.

(d) The bonds shall not be issued until the Mayor receives an approving opinion from Bond Counsel as to the validity of the bonds of such series and, if the interest on the bonds is expected to be exempt from federal income taxation, the treatment of the interest on the bonds for purposes of federal income taxation.

(e) Chapter 3A of this title, and subchapter III-A of Chapter 3 of Title 47 shall not apply to any contract the Mayor may from time to time enter into, or the Mayor may determine to be necessary or appropriate, for the purposes of this subpart.


(Feb. 15, 2018, D.C. Law 22-58, § 8, 64 DCR 13442.)

Applicability

Section 7020 of D.C. Law 22-168 repealed section 16 of D.C. Law 22-58 removing the applicability restriction impacting this section. Therefore the creation of this section by D.C. Law 22-58 has been implemented.

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-58: § 16 of D.C. Law 22-58 provided that the creation of this section by § 8 of D.C. Law 22-58 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.


§ 2–1217.36l. Financing and Closing Documents.

(a)(1) The Mayor shall execute all Financing Documents and all Closing Documents to which the District is a party that may be necessary or appropriate to issue, sell, and deliver the bonds.

(2) The Closing Documents for the infrastructure component of the Project, which may include one or more development and funding agreements, shall be executed by the Mayor and Development Sponsor. The Closing Documents for the Retail Parking components of the Project, which may include one or more development and funding agreements, shall be executed by the Mayor and the owner of the Retail Parking. No other person or entity, regardless of whether the person or entity shall own an interest in the airspace or improvements located above, below, or adjoining a Retail Parking component of the Project, shall be required to execute a development and funding agreement or any Closing Document.

(b) The Mayor is authorized to execute, in the name of the District and on its behalf, the Financing Documents and any Closing Documents to which the District is a party by the Mayor's manual or facsimile signature.

(c) If required, the official seal of the District, or a facsimile of it, shall be impressed, printed, or otherwise reproduced on the bonds, the other Financing Documents, and the Closing Documents to which the District is a party.

(d) The Mayor's execution and delivery of the Financing Documents and the Closing Documents to which the District is a party shall constitute conclusive evidence of the Mayor's approval, on behalf of the District, of the final form and content of the executed Financing Documents and the executed Closing Documents.

(e) The Mayor is authorized to deliver the executed and sealed Financing Documents and Closing Documents, on behalf of the District, prior to or simultaneously with the issuance, sale, and delivery of the bonds, and to ensure the due performance of the obligations of the District contained in the executed, sealed, and delivered Financing Documents and Closing Documents.


(Feb. 15, 2018, D.C. Law 22-58, § 9, 64 DCR 13442; Sept. 11, 2019, D.C. Law 23-16, § 2012(b), 66 DCR 8621.)

Applicability

Section 7020 of D.C. Law 22-168 repealed section 16 of D.C. Law 22-58 removing the applicability restriction impacting this section. Therefore the creation of this section by D.C. Law 22-58 has been implemented.

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-58: § 16 of D.C. Law 22-58 provided that the creation of this section by § 9 of D.C. Law 22-58 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.


§ 2–1217.36m. Limited liability.

(a) The bonds shall be special obligations of the District. The bonds shall be without recourse to the District. The bonds shall not be general obligations of the District, shall not be a pledge of, or involve, the faith and credit or the taxing power of the District (other than the Available Tax Increment, the Available Increment, and any other taxes or fees allocated to the Union Market TIF Fund), shall not constitute a debt of the District, and shall not constitute lending of the public credit for private undertakings as prohibited in § 1-206.02(a)(2).

(b) The bonds shall not give rise to any pecuniary liability of the District and the District shall have no obligation with respect to the purchase of the bonds.

(c) No person, including, but not limited to, any bond owner, shall have any claims against the District or any of its elected or appointed officials, officers, employees, or agents for monetary damages suffered as a result of the failure of the District to perform any covenant, undertaking, or obligation under this subpart, the bonds, the Financing Documents, or the Closing Documents, or as a result of the incorrectness of any representation in or omission from the Financing Documents or the Closing Documents, unless the District or its elected or appointed officials, officers, employees, or agents have acted in a willful and fraudulent manner.


(Feb. 15, 2018, D.C. Law 22-58, § 10, 64 DCR 13442.)

Applicability

Section 7020 of D.C. Law 22-168 repealed section 16 of D.C. Law 22-58 removing the applicability restriction impacting this section. Therefore the creation of this section by D.C. Law 22-58 has been implemented.

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-58: § 16 of D.C. Law 22-58 provided that the creation of this section by § 10 of D.C. Law 22-58 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.


§ 2–1217.36n. District officials.

(a) Except as otherwise provided in § 2-1217.36m, the elected or appointed officials, officers, employees, or agents of the District shall not be liable personally for the payment of the bonds or be subject to any personal liability by reason of the issuance of the bonds, or for any representations, warranties, covenants, obligations, or agreements of the District contained in this subpart, the bonds, the Financing Documents, or the Closing Documents.

(b) The signature, countersignature, facsimile signature, or facsimile countersignature of any official appearing on the bonds, the Financing Documents, or the Closing Documents shall be valid and sufficient for all purposes notwithstanding the fact that the individual signatory ceases to hold that office before delivery of the bonds, the Financing Documents, or the Closing Documents.


(Feb. 15, 2018, D.C. Law 22-58, § 11, 64 DCR 13442.)

Applicability

Section 7020 of D.C. Law 22-168 repealed section 16 of D.C. Law 22-58 removing the applicability restriction impacting this section. Therefore the creation of this section by D.C. Law 22-58 has been implemented.

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-58: § 16 of D.C. Law 22-58 provided that the creation of this section by § 11 of D.C. Law 22-58 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.


§ 2–1217.36o. Maintenance of documents.

Copies of the specimen bonds and of the final Financing Documents and Closing Documents shall be filed in the Office of the Secretary of the District of Columbia.


(Feb. 15, 2018, D.C. Law 22-58, § 12, 64 DCR 13442.)

Applicability

Section 7020 of D.C. Law 22-168 repealed section 16 of D.C. Law 22-58 removing the applicability restriction impacting this section. Therefore the creation of this section by D.C. Law 22-58 has been implemented.

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-58: § 16 of D.C. Law 22-58 provided that the creation of this section by § 12 of D.C. Law 22-58 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.


§ 2–1217.36p. Information reporting.

Within 3 days after the Mayor's receipt of the transcript of proceedings relating to the issuance of the bonds, the Mayor shall transmit a copy of the transcript to the Secretary to the Council.


(Feb. 15, 2018, D.C. Law 22-58, § 13, 64 DCR 13442.)

Applicability

Section 7020 of D.C. Law 22-168 repealed section 16 of D.C. Law 22-58 removing the applicability restriction impacting this section. Therefore the creation of this section by D.C. Law 22-58 has been implemented.

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-58: § 16 of D.C. Law 22-58 provided that the creation of this section by § 13 of D.C. Law 22-58 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.


§ 2–1217.36q. Expiration of issuance authority.

The authority to issue the bonds, excluding Refunding Bonds, shall expire on March 1, 2027; provided, that the expiration of the authority shall have no effect on any bonds issued prior to the expiration date or on the District's ability to issue Refunding Bonds on a future date.


(Feb. 15, 2018, D.C. Law 22-58, § 14, 64 DCR 13442; Sept. 11, 2019, D.C. Law 23-16, § 2012(c), 66 DCR 8621.)

Applicability

Section 7020 of D.C. Law 22-168 repealed section 16 of D.C. Law 22-58 removing the applicability restriction impacting this section. Therefore the creation of this section by D.C. Law 22-58 has been implemented.

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-58: § 16 of D.C. Law 22-58 provided that the creation of this section by § 14 of D.C. Law 22-58 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.


Subpart 7. Bryant Street.

§ 2–1217.37a. Definitions.

For the purposes of this subpart, the term:

(1) "Authorized Delegate" means the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, the Chief Financial Officer, the Treasurer, or any officer or employee of the executive office of the Mayor to whom the Mayor has delegated any of the Mayor's functions under this subpart pursuant to § 1-204.22(6).

(2) "Available Increment" shall have the same meaning as set forth in the Reserve Agreement.

(3) "Available Real Property Tax Revenues" means the revenues resulting from the imposition of the tax provided for in Chapter 8 of Title 47, inclusive of any penalties and interest charges.

(4) "Available Sales Tax Revenues" means the revenues resulting from the imposition of the tax under Chapter 20 of Title 47, including penalty and interest charges, exclusive of the portion thereof required to be deposited in the Washington Convention Center Fund established pursuant to § 10-1202.08.

(5) "Available Tax Increment" means the sum of the Available Sales Tax Revenues and Available Real Property Tax Revenues generated in the Bryant Street TIF Area in any fiscal year of the District minus the sum of Available Sales Tax Revenues and Available Real Property Tax Revenues generated in the Bryant Street TIF Area in the applicable base year.

(6) "Bond Counsel" means a firm or firms of attorneys designated as bond counsel from time to time by the Mayor.

(7) "Bonds" means the District of Columbia revenue Bonds, notes, or other obligations, in one or more series, authorized to be issued pursuant to this subpart. Unless otherwise specified, the term "Bonds" shall include Refunding Bonds.

(8) "Chief Financial Officer" means the Chief Financial Officer of the District of Columbia established by § 1-204.24a(a).

(9) "Closing Documents" means all documents and agreements, other than Financing Documents, that may be necessary and appropriate to issue, sell, and deliver the Bonds, and includes agreements, certificates, letters, opinions, forms, receipts, and other similar instruments.

(10) "Council" means the Council of the District of Columbia.

(11) "Debt Service" means principal, premium, if any, and interest on the Bonds.

(12) "Development Costs" has the same meaning as in § 2-1217.01(13).

(13) "Development Sponsor" means Bryant Street Partners I, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company qualified to do business in the District of Columbia, or any other entity that undertakes the development of the project with the approval of the Mayor.

(14) "District" means the District of Columbia.

(15) "Financing Documents" means the documents, other than Closing Documents, that relate to the financing or refinancing of transactions to be effected through the issuance, sale, and delivery of the Bonds, including any offering document, and any required supplements to any such documents.

(16) "Home Rule Act" means Chapter 2 of Title 1.

(17) "Project" means the financing, refinancing, or reimbursing of Development Costs incurred for certain infrastructure and site development by the Development Sponsor within the Bryant Street TIF Area and adjoining parcels.

(17A) "Refunding Bonds" means the District of Columbia bonds, notes, or other obligations, in one or more series, authorized to be issued pursuant to this subpart to refund the Bonds.

(18) "Reserve Agreement" means that Reserve Agreement, dated as of April 1, 2002, by and among the District, Wells Fargo Bank Minnesota, N.A., and Financial Security Assurance, Inc.

(19) "TIF" means tax increment financing.


(Apr. 7, 2017, D.C. Law 21-262, § 2, 64 DCR 2097; Sept. 11, 2019, D.C. Law 23-16, § 2013(a), 66 DCR 8621.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(a) of Bryant Street Tax Increment Financing Emergency Amendment Act of 2019 (D.C. Act 23-13, Feb. 25, 2019, 66 DCR 2467).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(a) of Bryant Street Tax Increment Financing Temporary Amendment Act of 2019 (D.C. Law 23-5, Apr. 18, 2019, 66 DCR 2696).


§ 2–1217.37b. Creation of the Bryant Street TIF Fund.

(a) There is established as a nonlapsing fund the Bryant Street TIF Fund. The Chief Financial Officer shall deposit into the Bryant Street TIF Fund the Available Tax Increment and any other taxes or fees specifically designated by law for deposit in the Bryant Street TIF Fund.

(b) The Mayor may pledge and create a security interest in the funds in the Bryant Street TIF Fund, or any sub-account within the Bryant Street TIF Fund, for the payment of debt service on the Bonds without further action by the Council as permitted by § 1-204.90(f). The payment of debt service shall be made in accordance with the provisions of the Financing Documents entered into by the District in connection with the issuance of the Bonds.

(c) If, at the end of any fiscal year of the District, the balance of cash and investments in the Bryant Street TIF Fund exceeds the amount of debt service (including prepayment of principal and interest), reserves on any Bonds, and any approved bond-related administrative expenses during the upcoming fiscal year, 50% of the excess shall be used to prepay the principal of the Bonds and the remaining 50% of the excess shall be transferred to the unrestricted balance of the General Fund of the District of Columbia.


(Apr. 7, 2017, D.C. Law 21-262, § 3, 64 DCR 2097.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(b) of Bryant Street Tax Increment Financing Emergency Amendment Act of 2019 (D.C. Act 23-13, Feb. 25, 2019, 66 DCR 2467).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(b) of Bryant Street Tax Increment Financing Temporary Amendment Act of 2019 (D.C. Law 23-5, Apr. 18, 2019, 66 DCR 2696).


§ 2–1217.37c. Creation of the Bryant Street TIF Area.

(a) There is created a TIF area designated as the Bryant Street TIF Area. The Bryant Street TIF Area is defined as follows:

Part of Record Lot 7 in Square 3629, District of Columbia, as the same is set forth on that certain Plat of Subdivision made May 29, 1984 by B andR Associates, a District of Columbia Limited Partnership, and recorded June 7, 1984 in Subdivision Book 175 at Page 143 among the Records of the Office of the Surveyor of the District of Columbia; said Lot 7 being the same land as conveyed to B and R Associates, a District of Columbia Limited Partnership, by Deed dated June 19, 1984 and Recorded July 3, 1984 as Instrument Number 2333 in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds of the District of Columbia; proposed Block 1-A being more particularly described as follows:

BEGINNING at a point on the easterly line of Lot 7 in Square 3629, being also the westerly line of former 7th Street, N.E.,as closed in Book 145, Page 11 among the Records of the Office of the Surveyor of the District of Columbia, said point lying North 19°24’00” East, 214.50 feet (computed) from the intersection of said westerly line of former 7th Street, N.E. and the northerly line of Rhode Island Avenue, N.E. (width varies); thence departing said former 7th Street, N.E. and running in, through, over and across said Lot 7 in Square 3629 so as to include a portion thereof

1) Due WEST 273.14 feet to a point; thence;

2) Due NORTH 93.60 feet to a point of curvature; thence;

3) 41.65 feet along the arc of a curve to the right, said curve having a radius of 41.00 feet, delta angle of 58°12’07”, tangent distance of 22.82 feet and a chord bearing and distance of North 29°06’04” East, 39.88 feet to a point of tangency; thence;

4) North 58°12’07” East, 20.98 feet to a point; thence;

5) Due WEST 71.78 feet to a point; thence;

6) Due NORTH, 36.88 feet to a point on the northerly line of aforementioned Lot 7 in Square 3629, being also the southerly line of Lot 803 in Square 3630; thence with said line;

7) Due EAST, 65.77 feet to a point; thence continuing with said northerly line of Lot 7 in Square 3629 and said southerly line of Lot 803, Square 3630, and thereafter with the southerly line of Lot 810 in Square 3636;

8) North 58°20’20” East, 503.52 feet to the southeasterly corner of said Lot 810 in Square 3636, said point being also the northeast corner of said Lot 7 in Square 3629 and also lying on the westerly line of the aforementioned former 7th Street N.E.; thence with said westerly line of former 7th Street, N.E. and with the easterly line of said Lot 7 in Square 3629;

9) South 18°23’00” West, 178.19 feet to a point; thence;

10) South 22°35’00” West, 71.35 feet (by computation) 71.27 feet (be deed) to a point; thence;

11) South 19°52’00” West, 159.17 feet to a point; thence;

12) North 81°21’30” West, 28.09 feet (by computation) to a point; thence; and

13) South 19°24’00” West, 63.85 feet (by computation) to the point and place of beginning, containing 102,619 square feet or 2.35581 acres of land.

Proposed Block 1-B:

Part of Record Lot 7 in Square 3629, District of Columbia, as the same is set forth on that certain Plat of Subdivision made May 29, 1984 by B andR Associates, a District of Columbia Limited Partnership, and recorded June 7, 1984 in Subdivision Book 175 at Page 143 among the Records of the Office of the Surveyor of the District of Columbia; said Lot 7 being the same land as conveyed to B andR Associates, a District of Columbia Limited Partnership, by Deed dated June 19, 1984 and Recorded July 3, 1984 as Instrument Number 2333 in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds of the District of Columbia; proposed Block 1-B being more particularly described as follows:

BEGINNING at the southeast corner of Lot 7 in Square 3629, being also the intersection of the westerly line of former 7th Street, N.E., as closed in Book 145, Page 11 among the Records of the Office of the Surveyor of the District of Columbia, and the northerly line of Rhode Island Avenue, N.E. (width varies); thence departing said former 7th Street, N.E. and running with said northerly line of Rhode Island Avenue, N.E.

1) South 65°57’00” West, 155.86 feet to a point; thence departing said northerly line of Rhode Island Avenue, N.E. and running in, through, over and across said Lot 7 in Square 3629 so as to include a portion thereof;

2) North 24°00’12” West, 91.14 feet to a point of curvature; thence;

3) 108.92 feet along the arc of a curve to the right, said curve having a radius of 260.00 feet, delta angle of 24°00’12”,tangent distance of 55.27 feet and a chord bearing and distance of North 12°00’06” West, 108.13 feet to a point of tangency; thence;

4) Due NORTH, 76.82 feet to a point; thence;

5) Due EAST, 273.14 feet to a point on the easterly line of aforementioned Lot 7 in Square 3629, being also the westerly line of the aforementioned former 7th Street N.E.; thence with said westerly line of former 7th Street, N.E. and with the easterly line of said Lot 7 in Square 3629; and

6) South 19°24’00” West, 214.50 feet (by computation) to the point and place of beginning, containing 52,164 square feet or 1.19752 acres of land.

Proposed Block 2-B:

Part of Record Lot 7 in Square 3629, District of Columbia, as the same is set forth on that certain Plat of Subdivision made May 29, 1984 by B and R Associates, a District of Columbia Limited Partnership, and recorded June 7, 1984 in Subdivision Book 175 at Page 143 among the Records of the Office of the Surveyor of the District of Columbia; said Lot 7 being the same land as conveyed to B and R Associates, a District of Columbia Limited Partnership, by Deed dated June 19, 1984 and Recorded July 3, 1984 as Instrument Number 2333 in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds of the District of Columbia; proposed Block 2-B being more particularly described as follows:

BEGINNING at a point on the northerly line of Lot 7 in Square 3629, being also the southerly line of Lot 808 in Square 3630, said point lying due EAST, 671.20 feet from the easterly line of 4th Street, N.E. (90 feet wide); thence running with said northerly line of Lot 7 in Square 3629 and said southerly line of Lot 808, Square 3630, and thereafter with the southerly line of Lot 803 in Square 3630

1) Due EAST, 174.23 feet to a point; thence running in, through, over and across said Lot 7 in Square 3629 so as to include a portion thereof;

2) Due SOUTH, 36.88 feet to a point; thence;

3) Due EAST, 71.78 feet to a point; thence;

4) South 58°12’07” West, 20.98 feet to a point of curvature; thence;

5) 41.65 feet along the arc of a curve to the left, said curve having a radius of 41.00 feet, delta angle of 58°12’07”, tangent distance of 22.82 feet and a chord bearing and distance of South 29°06’04” West, 39.88 feet to a point of tangency; thence;

6) Due SOUTH, 93.60 feet to a point; thence;

7) Due WEST, 130.44 feet to a point of curvature; thence;

8) 25.35 feet along the arc of a curve to the left, said curve having a radius of 61.00 feet, delta angle of 23°48’52”, tangent distance of 12.86 feet and a chord bearing and distance of South 78°05’34” West, 25.17 feet to a point of tangency; thence

9) South 66°11’08” West, 58.71 feet to a point, thence; and

10) Due NORTH, 205.28 feet to the point and place of beginning, containing 37,020 square feet or 0.84986 of an acre of land.

Proposed Block 5-B:

Part of Record Lot 7 in Square 3629, District of Columbia, as the same is set forth on that certain Plat of Subdivision made May 29, 1984 by B andR Associates, a District of Columbia Limited Partnership, and recorded June 7, 1984 in Subdivision Book 175 at Page 143 among the Records of the Office of the Surveyor of the District of Columbia; said Lot 7 being the same land as conveyed to B andR Associates, a District of Columbia Limited Partnership, by Deed dated June 19, 1984 and Recorded July 3, 1984 as Instrument Number 2333 in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds of the District of Columbia; AND part of Parcels 131/17, 131/37, 131/38, 131/190 and 131/213, being part of the same land as conveyed to MRP 600 RI, LLC by Deed Recorded January 1, 2016 as Instrument Number 3375 in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds of the District of Columbia; said part of Parcels 131/17, 131/37, 131/38, 131/190 and 131/213 being known for purposes of Assessment and Taxation at the date hereof, as Lots 813 and 814 in Square 3629, pursuant to Assessment and Taxation Plat 3732-D, recorded among said Records of the Office of the Surveyor, DC; proposed Block 5-B being more particularly described as follows:

BEGINNING at the southeast corner of Lot 814 in Square 3629, being also a point on the northerly line of Rhode Island Avenue, N.E. (width varies), said point lying South 65°57’00” West, 538.84 feet from the intersection of said northerly line of Rhode Island Avenue, N.E. with the westerly line of former 7th Street, N.E., as closed in Book 145, Page 11 among the Records of the Office of the Surveyor of the District of Columbia; thence running with said northerly line of Rhode Island Avenue, N.E. and with the southerly line of Lot 814 in Square 3629, and thereafter with the southerly line of Lot 813 in Square 3629

1) South 65°57’00” West, 177.30 feet to a point; thence departing said northerly line of Rhode Island Avenue, N.E. and running in, through, over and across aforementioned Lot 813 in Square 3629 and thereafter running in, through, over and across aforementioned Lot 7 in Square 3629 so as to include a portion of both lots thereof

2) North 23°48’52” West, 195.69 feet to a point; thence;

3) North 58°37’36” East, 172.88 feet to a point; thence;

4) South 31°19’30” East, 27.90 feet to a point on the property line of aforementioned Lot 7 in Square 3629 and the northerly line of aforementioned Lot 814 in Square 3629; thence with said line of Lots 7 and 814 in Square 3629;

5) North 58°40’30” East, 1.50 feet to the northeast corner of said Lot 814 in Square 3629; thence departing said line of said Lot 7 in Square 3629 and running with the easterly line of said Lot 814 in Square 3629; and

6) South 24°03’00” East, 190.25 feet (by computation) 190.19 feet (by deed) to the point and place of beginning, containing 36,529 square feet or 0.83859 of an acre of land.

(b) As provided under § 2-1217.37b, the Available Tax Increment from the Bryant Street TIF Area shall be deposited in the Bryant Street TIF Fund and may be used for the purposes set forth in § 2-1217.37b.

(c)(1) The base year for determination of Available Sales Tax Revenues from locations within the Bryant Street TIF Area shall be the tax year preceding the year in which this subpart becomes effective.

(2) The base year for determination of Available Real Property Tax Revenues shall be the tax year of the District preceding the year in which act becomes effective and the initial assessed value to be used in making the determination of Available Real Property Tax Revenues shall be the assessed value of each lot of taxable real property in the Bryant Street TIF Area for the preceding tax year in which this subpart becomes effective.

(d) The Bryant Street TIF Area shall terminate on the earlier of:

(1) December 31, 2043;

(2) The date on which the Bonds are paid in full or are defeased and are no longer outstanding; or

(3) March 1, 2020, if no Bonds are issued.


(Apr. 7, 2017, D.C. Law 21-262, § 4, 64 DCR 2097; Sept. 11, 2019, D.C. Law 23-16, § 2013(b), 66 DCR 8621.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(c) of Bryant Street Tax Increment Financing Emergency Amendment Act of 2019 (D.C. Act 23-13, Feb. 25, 2019, 66 DCR 2467).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(c) of Bryant Street Tax Increment Financing Temporary Amendment Act of 2019 (D.C. Law 23-5, Apr. 18, 2019, 66 DCR 2696).


§ 2–1217.37d. Bond authorization.

(a) The Council approves and authorizes the issuance of one or more series of Bonds in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $24 million to fund the project. The Bonds, which may be issued from time to time, in one or more series, shall be tax-exempt or taxable as the Mayor shall determine and shall be payable and secured as provided in § 2-1217.37e.

(b) The proceeds of the Bonds shall be used as follows:

(1) An amount not to exceed $18 million shall be used to pay Development Costs of the project; and

(2) The balance of the proceeds may be used to pay the financing costs incurred by the District and to fund capitalized interest and required reserves.

(c) The Mayor may pay from the proceeds of the Bonds the financing costs and expenses of issuing and delivering the Bonds, including, but not limited to, underwriting, legal, accounting, financial advisory, credit enhancement, marketing, sale, and printing costs and expenses.

(d) The Bonds also may be issued as a TIF note to the Development Sponsor and may be held and used as security for debt incurred or to be incurred by the Development Sponsor, an agent of the Development Sponsor, or another party selected by the Development Sponsor and approved by the District.


(Apr. 7, 2017, D.C. Law 21-262, § 5, 64 DCR 2097.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(d) of Bryant Street Tax Increment Financing Emergency Amendment Act of 2019 (D.C. Act 23-13, Feb. 25, 2019, 66 DCR 2467).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(d) of Bryant Street Tax Increment Financing Temporary Amendment Act of 2019 (D.C. Law 23-5, Apr. 18, 2019, 66 DCR 2696).


§ 2–1217.37e. Payment and security.

(a) Except as may be otherwise provided in this subpart, the principal of, premium, if any, and interest on, the Bonds, and the payment of ongoing administrative expenses related to the bond financing shall be payable solely from proceeds received from the sale of the Bonds, income realized from the temporary investment of those proceeds, receipts, and revenues realized by the District from the Bryant Street TIF Fund, income realized from the temporary investment of those receipts and revenues prior to payment to the bond owners, and other funds that, as provided in the Financing Documents, may be made available to the District for payment of the Bonds from sources other than the District, all as provided for in the Financing Documents.

(b) There is further allocated to the payment of debt service on the Bonds the Available Increment, subordinate to the allocation of Available Increment to the Budgeted Reserve, as defined in the Reserve Agreement, all as more fully described in the Reserve Agreement and to the extent that the Reserve Agreement continues to apply to the Available Increment, to be used for the payment of debt service on the Bonds to the extent that the revenues allocated in subsection (a) of this section are inadequate to pay debt service on the Bonds. The allocation of Available Increment authorized by this subsection shall be made in compliance with all existing contractual obligations of the District with respect to the Available Increment and shall terminate on the date on which all of the Bonds are paid or provided for and are no longer outstanding pursuant to their terms.

(c) Payment of the Bonds shall be secured as provided in the Financing Documents and by an assignment by the District for the benefit of the Bond owners of certain of its rights under the Financing Documents and Closing Documents to the trustee for the Bonds pursuant to the Financing Documents.

(d) The trustee or paying agent is authorized to deposit, invest, and disburse the proceeds received from the sale of the Bonds pursuant to the Financing Documents.


(Apr. 7, 2017, D.C. Law 21-262, § 6, 64 DCR 2097.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(e) of Bryant Street Tax Increment Financing Emergency Amendment Act of 2019 (D.C. Act 23-13, Feb. 25, 2019, 66 DCR 2467).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(e) of Bryant Street Tax Increment Financing Temporary Amendment Act of 2019 (D.C. Law 23-5, Apr. 18, 2019, 66 DCR 2696).


§ 2–1217.37f. Bond details.

(a) The Mayor is authorized to take any action reasonably necessary or appropriate in accordance with this subpart in connection with the preparation, execution, issuance, sale, delivery, security for, and payment of the Bonds of each series, including, but not limited to, determinations of:

(1) The final form, content, designation, and terms of the Bonds, including a determination that the Bonds may be issued in certificated or book-entry form;

(2) The principal amount of the Bonds to be issued and denominations of the Bonds;

(3) The rate or rates of interest or the method for determining the rate or rates of interest on the Bonds;

(4) The date or dates of issuance, sale, and delivery of, and the payment of interest on, the Bonds, and the maturity date or dates of the Bonds;

(5) The terms under which the Bonds may be paid, optionally or mandatorily redeemed, accelerated, tendered, called, or put for redemption, repurchase, or remarketing before their respective stated maturities;

(6) Provisions for the registration, transfer, and exchange of the Bonds and the replacement of mutilated, lost, stolen, or destroyed Bonds;

(7) The creation of any reserve fund, sinking fund, or other fund with respect to the Bonds;

(8) The time and place of payment of the Bonds;

(9) Procedures for monitoring the use of the proceeds received from the sale of the Bonds to ensure that the proceeds are properly applied and used to accomplish the purposes of the Home Rule Act and this subpart;

(10) Actions necessary to qualify the Bonds under blue sky laws of any jurisdiction where the Bonds are marketed; and

(11) The terms and types of any credit enhancement under which the Bonds may be secured.

(b) The Bonds shall contain a legend, which shall provide that the Bonds are special obligations of the District, are without recourse to the District, are not a pledge of, and do not involve, the faith and credit or the taxing power of the District (other than the Available Tax Increment, the Available Increment, and any other taxes and fees allocated to the Bryant Street TIF Fund), do not constitute a debt of the District, and do not constitute lending of the public credit for private undertakings as prohibited in § 1-206.02(a)(2).

(c) The Bonds shall be executed in the name of the District and on its behalf by the manual or facsimile signature of the Mayor, and attested by the Secretary of the District of Columbia by the Secretary's manual or facsimile signature.

(d) The official seal of the District, or a facsimile of it, shall be impressed, printed, or otherwise reproduced on the Bonds.

(e) The Bonds of any series may be issued in accordance with the terms of a trust instrument to be entered into by the District and a trustee or paying agent to be selected by the Mayor, and may be subject to the terms of one or more agreements entered into by the Mayor pursuant to § 1-204.90(a)(4).

(f) The Bonds may be issued at any time or from time to time in one or more issues and in one or more series.

(g) The Bonds are declared to be issued for essential public and governmental purposes. The Bonds, the interest thereon, and the income therefrom, and all funds pledged or available to pay or secure the payment of the Bonds, shall at all times be exempt from taxation by the District, except for estate, inheritance, and gift taxes.

(h) The District pledges, covenants, and agrees with the holders of the Bonds that, subject to the provisions of the Financing Documents, the District will not limit or alter the revenues pledged to secure the Bonds or the basis on which such revenues are collected or allocated, will not impair the contractual obligations of the District to fulfill the terms of any agreement made with the holders of the Bonds, will not in any way impair the rights or remedies of the holders of the Bonds, and will not modify, in any way, the exemptions from taxation provided for in this subpart, until the Bonds, together with interest thereon, and all costs and expenses in connection with any suit, action, or proceeding by or on behalf of the holders of the Bonds, are fully met and discharged. This pledge and agreement for the District may be included as part of the contract with the holders of the Bonds. This subsection constitutes a contract between the District and the holders of the Bonds. To the extent that any acts or resolutions of the Council may be in conflict with this subpart, this subpart shall be controlling.

(i) Consistent with § 1-204.90(a)(4)(B) and notwithstanding Article 9 of Title 28:

(1) A pledge made and security interest created in respect of the Bonds or pursuant to any related Financing Document shall be valid, binding, and perfected from the time the security interest is created, with or without physical delivery of any funds or any property and with or without any further action;

(2) The lien of the pledge shall be valid, binding, and perfected as against all parties having any claim of any kind in tort, contract, or otherwise against the District, whether or not such party has notice; and

(3) The security interest shall be valid, binding, and perfected whether or not any statement, document, or instrument relating to the security interest is recorded or filed.


(Apr. 7, 2017, D.C. Law 21-262, § 7, 64 DCR 2097.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(e) of Bryant Street Tax Increment Financing Emergency Amendment Act of 2019 (D.C. Act 23-13, Feb. 25, 2019, 66 DCR 2467).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(e) of Bryant Street Tax Increment Financing Temporary Amendment Act of 2019 (D.C. Law 23-5, Apr. 18, 2019, 66 DCR 2696).


§ 2–1217.37g. Issuance of the Bonds.

(a) The Bonds of any series may be sold at negotiated or competitive sale at, above, or below par, to one or more persons or entities, and upon terms that the Mayor considers to be in the best interests of the District.

(b) The Mayor or an Authorized Delegate may execute, in connection with each sale of the Bonds, offering documents on behalf of the District, may deem final any such offering document on behalf of the District for purposes of compliance with federal laws and regulations governing such matters, and may authorize the distribution of the documents in connection with the Bonds.

(c) The Mayor is authorized to deliver executed and sealed Bonds, on behalf of the District, for authentication, and, after the Bonds have been authenticated, to deliver the Bonds to the original purchasers of the Bonds upon payment of the purchase price.

(d) The Bonds shall not be issued until the Mayor receives an approving opinion from Bond Counsel as to the validity of the Bonds of such series and, if the interest on the Bonds is expected to be exempt from federal income taxation, the treatment of the interest on the Bonds for purposes of federal income taxation.

(e) Chapter 3A of this title, and subchapter III-A of Chapter 3 of Title 47 shall not apply to any contract the Mayor may from time to time enter into, or the Mayor may determine to be necessary or appropriate, for the purposes of this subpart.


(Apr. 7, 2017, D.C. Law 21-262, § 8, 64 DCR 2097.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(e) of Bryant Street Tax Increment Financing Emergency Amendment Act of 2019 (D.C. Act 23-13, Feb. 25, 2019, 66 DCR 2467).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(e) of Bryant Street Tax Increment Financing Temporary Amendment Act of 2019 (D.C. Law 23-5, Apr. 18, 2019, 66 DCR 2696).


§ 2–1217.37h. Financing and Closing Documents.

(a) The Mayor is authorized to prescribe the final form and content of all Financing Documents and all Closing Documents to which the District is a party that may be necessary or appropriate to issue, sell, and deliver the Bonds.

(b) The Mayor is authorized to execute, in the name of the District and on its behalf, the Financing Documents and any Closing Documents to which the District is a party by the Mayor's manual or facsimile signature.

(c) If required, the official seal of the District, or a facsimile of it, shall be impressed, printed, or otherwise reproduced on the Bonds, the other Financing Documents, and the Closing Documents to which the District is a party.

(d) The Mayor's execution and delivery of the Financing Documents and the Closing Documents to which the District is a party shall constitute conclusive evidence of the Mayor's approval, on behalf of the District, of the final form and content of the executed Financing Documents and the executed Closing Documents.

(e) The Mayor is authorized to deliver the executed and sealed Financing Documents and Closing Documents, on behalf of the District, prior to or simultaneously with the issuance, sale, and delivery of the Bonds, and to ensure the due performance of the obligations of the District contained in the executed, sealed, and delivered Financing Documents and Closing Documents.


(Apr. 7, 2017, D.C. Law 21-262, § 9, 64 DCR 2097.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(e) of Bryant Street Tax Increment Financing Emergency Amendment Act of 2019 (D.C. Act 23-13, Feb. 25, 2019, 66 DCR 2467).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(e) of Bryant Street Tax Increment Financing Temporary Amendment Act of 2019 (D.C. Law 23-5, Apr. 18, 2019, 66 DCR 2696).


§ 2–1217.37i. Limited liability.

(a) The Bonds shall be special obligations of the District. The Bonds shall be without recourse to the District. The Bonds shall not be general obligations of the District, shall not be a pledge of, or involve, the faith and credit or the taxing power of the District (other than the Available Tax Increment, the Available Increment, and any other taxes or fees allocated to the Bryant Street TIF Fund), shall not constitute a debt of the District, and shall not constitute lending of the public credit for private undertakings as prohibited in § 1-206.02(a)(2).

(b) The Bonds shall not give rise to any pecuniary liability of the District and the District shall have no obligation with respect to the purchase of the Bonds.

(c) No person, including, but not limited to, any bond owner, shall have any claims against the District or any of its elected or appointed officials, officers, employees, or agents for monetary damages suffered as a result of the failure of the District to perform any covenant, undertaking, or obligation under this subpart, the Bonds, the Financing Documents, or the Closing Documents, or as a result of the incorrectness of any representation in or omission from the Financing Documents or the Closing Documents, unless the District or its elected or appointed officials, officers, employees, or agents have acted in a willful and fraudulent manner.


(Apr. 7, 2017, D.C. Law 21-262, § 10, 64 DCR 2097.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(e) of Bryant Street Tax Increment Financing Emergency Amendment Act of 2019 (D.C. Act 23-13, Feb. 25, 2019, 66 DCR 2467).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(e) of Bryant Street Tax Increment Financing Temporary Amendment Act of 2019 (D.C. Law 23-5, Apr. 18, 2019, 66 DCR 2696).


§ 2–1217.37j. District officials.

(a) Except as otherwise provided in § 2-1217.37i(c), the elected or appointed officials, officers, employees, or agents of the District shall not be liable personally for the payment of the Bonds or be subject to any personal liability by reason of the issuance of the Bonds, or for any representations, warranties, covenants, obligations, or agreements of the District contained in this subpart, the Bonds, the Financing Documents, or the Closing Documents.

(b) The signature, countersignature, facsimile signature, or facsimile countersignature of any official appearing on the Bonds, the Financing Documents, or the Closing Documents shall be valid and sufficient for all purposes notwithstanding the fact that the individual signatory ceases to hold that office before delivery of the Bonds, the Financing Documents, or the Closing Documents.


(Apr. 7, 2017, D.C. Law 21-262, § 11, 64 DCR 2097.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(e) of Bryant Street Tax Increment Financing Emergency Amendment Act of 2019 (D.C. Act 23-13, Feb. 25, 2019, 66 DCR 2467).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(e) of Bryant Street Tax Increment Financing Temporary Amendment Act of 2019 (D.C. Law 23-5, Apr. 18, 2019, 66 DCR 2696).


§ 2–1217.37k. Maintenance of documents.

Copies of the specimen Bonds and of the final Financing Documents and Closing Documents shall be filed in the Office of the Secretary of the District of Columbia.


(Apr. 7, 2017, D.C. Law 21-262, § 12, 64 DCR 2097.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(e) of Bryant Street Tax Increment Financing Emergency Amendment Act of 2019 (D.C. Act 23-13, Feb. 25, 2019, 66 DCR 2467).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(e) of Bryant Street Tax Increment Financing Temporary Amendment Act of 2019 (D.C. Law 23-5, Apr. 18, 2019, 66 DCR 2696).


§ 2–1217.37l. Information reporting.

Within 3 days after the Mayor's receipt of the transcript of proceedings relating to the issuance of the Bonds, the Mayor shall transmit a copy of the transcript to the Secretary to the Council.


(Apr. 7, 2017, D.C. Law 21-262, § 13, 64 DCR 2097.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(e) of Bryant Street Tax Increment Financing Emergency Amendment Act of 2019 (D.C. Act 23-13, Feb. 25, 2019, 66 DCR 2467).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(e) of Bryant Street Tax Increment Financing Temporary Amendment Act of 2019 (D.C. Law 23-5, Apr. 18, 2019, 66 DCR 2696).


§ 2–1217.37m. Reservation of debt service.

The Bonds may not be issued until the Council has appropriated an amount equal to one year's debt service on the Bonds.


(Apr. 7, 2017, D.C. Law 21-262, § 14, 64 DCR 2097.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(e) of Bryant Street Tax Increment Financing Emergency Amendment Act of 2019 (D.C. Act 23-13, Feb. 25, 2019, 66 DCR 2467).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(e) of Bryant Street Tax Increment Financing Temporary Amendment Act of 2019 (D.C. Law 23-5, Apr. 18, 2019, 66 DCR 2696).


§ 2–1217.37n. Expiration of issuance authority.

The authority to issue the Bonds , excluding Refunding Bonds, shall expire on March 1, 2020; provided, that the expiration of the authority shall have no effect on any Bonds issued prior to the expiration date or on the District's ability to issue Refunding Bonds on a future date.


(Apr. 7, 2017, D.C. Law 21-262, § 15, 64 DCR 2097; Sept. 11, 2019, D.C. Law 23-16, § 2013(c), 66 DCR 8621.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(f) of Bryant Street Tax Increment Financing Emergency Amendment Act of 2019 (D.C. Act 23-13, Feb. 25, 2019, 66 DCR 2467).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(f) of Bryant Street Tax Increment Financing Temporary Amendment Act of 2019 (D.C. Law 23-5, Apr. 18, 2019, 66 DCR 2696).


Subpart 8. High unemployment areas. [Not Funded]

§ 2–1217.38. High unemployment area; TIF authorization. [Not Funded]

Not Funded.


(Apr. 25, 2018, D.C. Law 22-85, § 201, 65 DCR 1805.)

Applicability

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-85: § 301 of D.C. Law 22-85 provided that the creation of this section by § 201 of D.C. Law 22-85 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.


Subpart 9. Rhode Island Avenue Project.

§ 2–1217.39a. Definitions.

For the purposes of this subpart, the term:

(1) "Authorized Delegate" means the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, the Chief Financial Officer, the Treasurer, or any officer or employee of the executive office of the Mayor to whom the Mayor has delegated any of the Mayor's functions under this subpart pursuant to § 1-204.22(6).

(2) "Available Increment" shall have the same meaning as set forth in the Reserve Agreement.

(3) "Available Real Property Tax Revenues" means the revenues resulting from the imposition of the tax provided for in Chapter 8 of Title 47, inclusive of any penalties and interest charges, exclusive of the special tax provided for in § 1-204.81 pledged to payment of general obligation indebtedness of the District.

(4) "Available Sales Tax Revenues" means the revenues resulting from the imposition of the tax under Chapter 20 of Title 47, including penalty and interest charges, exclusive of the portion thereof required to be deposited in the Washington Convention Center Fund established pursuant to § 10-1202.08, and any amounts to be made available to the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority pursuant to Title VII of the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Act of 2017 (D.C. Law 22-33; 64 DCMR 7652)(the Revised Revenue Contingency List Act of 2017), and § 9-1111.15(b)(2)(A).

(5) "Available Tax Increment" means the sum of the Available Sales Tax Revenues and Available Real Property Tax Revenues generated in the Rhode Island Avenue ("RIA") TIF Area in any fiscal year of the District minus the sum of the base amount of the Available Sales Tax Revenues and the base amount of the Available Real Property Tax Revenues generated in the RIA TIF Area in the base year.

(6) "Bond Counsel" means a firm or firms of attorneys designated as bond counsel from time to time by the Mayor.

(7) "Bonds" means the District of Columbia Class A Bonds, Class B Bonds, and any other revenue bonds, notes, or other obligations, in one or more series, authorized to be issued pursuant to this subpart. Unless otherwise specified, the term "bonds" shall include Refunding Bonds.

(8) "Chairman" means the Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia.

(9) "Chief Financial Officer" means the Chief Financial Officer established by § 1-204.24a(a).

(10) "Closing Documents" means all documents and agreements, other than Financing Documents, that may be necessary and appropriate to issue, sell, and deliver the bonds, and includes agreements, certificates, letters, opinions, forms, receipts, and other similar instruments.

(11) "Council" means Council of the District of Columbia.

(12) "Debt Service" means principal, premium, if any, and interest on the bonds.

(13) "Development Costs" has the same meaning as in § 2-1217.01(13).

(14) "Development Sponsor" means Mid City Financial Corporation, a corporation qualified to do business in the District of Columbia, or any other entity or entities that undertakes the development of the project with the approval of the Mayor.

(15) "District" means the District of Columbia.

(16) "Financing Documents" means the documents, other than Closing Documents, that relate to the financing or refinancing of transactions to be effected through the issuance, sale, and delivery of the bonds, including any offering document, and any required supplements to any such documents.

(17) "Home Rule Act" means Chapter 2 of Title 1.

(18) "Project" means the financing, refinancing, or reimbursing of Development Costs incurred for certain infrastructure and site development within the RIA TIF Area and adjoining parcels.

(18A) "Refunding Bonds" means the District of Columbia bonds, notes, or other obligations, in one or more series, authorized to be issued pursuant to this subpart to refund the bonds.

(19) "Reserve Agreement" means that certain Reserve Agreement, dated as of April 1, 2002, by and among the District, Wells Fargo Bank Minnesota, N.A., and Financial Security Assurance, Inc.

(20) "TIF" means tax increment financing.


(Mar. 22, 2019, D.C. Law 22-263, § 2, 66 DCR 1378; Sept. 11, 2019, D.C. Law 23-16, § 2014(a), 66 DCR 8621.)

Applicability

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-263: § 16 of D.C. Law 22-263 provided that the creation of this section by § 2 of D.C. Law 22-263 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.


§ 2–1217.39b. Creation of the RIA TIF Fund.

(a) There is established as a nonlapsing fund the RIA TIF Fund. The Chief Financial Officer shall deposit into the RIA TIF Fund the Available Tax Increment and any other taxes or fees specifically designated by law for deposit in the RIA TIF Fund.

(b) The Mayor may pledge and create a security interest in the funds in the RIA TIF Fund, or any sub-account within the RIA TIF Fund, for the payment of debt service on the bonds without further action by the Council as permitted by § 1-204.90(f). The payment of debt service shall be made in accordance with the provisions of the Financing Documents entered into by the District in connection with the issuance of the bonds.

(c) If, at the end of any fiscal year of the District, the balance of cash and investments in the RIA TIF Fund exceeds the amount of debt service (including prepayment of principal and interest), reserves on any bonds, and any approved bond-related administrative expenses during the upcoming fiscal year, 50% of shall be used to prepay the principal of the bonds and the remaining 50% of the excess shall be transferred to the unrestricted balance of the General Fund of the District of Columbia.


(Mar. 22, 2019, D.C. Law 22-263, § 3, 66 DCR 1378.)

Applicability

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-263: § 16 of D.C. Law 22-263 provided that the creation of this section by § 3 of D.C. Law 22-263 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.


§ 2–1217.39c. Creation of the RIA TIF Area.

(a) There is created a TIF area designated as the RIA TIF Area. The RIA TIF Area is defined as the real property bounded by Brentwood Road, N.E. from Rhode Island Avenue, N.E. to the alley between and parallel to Bryant Street, N.E. and Saratoga Avenue, N.E.; Rhode Island Avenue, N.E. from Brentwood Road, N.E. to Montana Avenue, N.E.; Montana Avenue, N.E. from Rhode Island Avenue, N.E. to Downing Street, N.E.; Downing Street, N.E. from Montana Avenue, N.E. to 14th Street, N.E.; 14th Street, N.E. from Downing Street, N.E. to the line extending eastward from the alley between and parallel to Saratoga Avenue, N.E. and Bryant Street, N.E.; and a line extending from 14th Street, N.E. to the alley between and parallel to Saratoga Avenue, N.E. and Bryant Street, N.E. continuing through the alley's intersection with Brentwood Road, N.E.

(b) As provided under § 2-1217.39b, the Available Tax Increment from the RIA TIF Area shall be deposited in the RIA TIF Fund and may be used for the purposes set forth in § 2-1217.39b.

(c)(1)(A) The base amount for determination of Available Sales Tax Revenues shall be $0.

(2)(A) The base amount for determination of Available Real Property Tax Revenues shall be:

(i) $613,621 in base year 2018;

(ii) $618,864 in base year 2019;

(iii) $672,705 in base year 2020;

(iv) $731,230 in base year 2021; and

(v) $753,167 in base year 2022.

(B) For base years 2023 through 2051, the base amount for determination of Available Real Property Tax Revenues shall reflect an increase in the amount of 3.1% from each previous base year's amount.

(d) The RIA TIF Area shall terminate on the earlier of:

(1) Twenty-five years after the issuance of the last bonds issued pursuant to this subpart;

(2) The date on which the bonds are paid in full or are defeased and are no longer outstanding, or

(3) September 30, 2025 if no bonds are issued.


(Mar. 22, 2019, D.C. Law 22-263, § 4, 66 DCR 1378.)

Applicability

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-263: § 16 of D.C. Law 22-263 provided that the creation of this section by § 4 of D.C. Law 22-263 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.


§ 2–1217.39d. Class A Bond authorization.

(a) The Council approves and authorizes the issuance of one or more series of Class A Bonds in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $32 million to fund the project. The Class A Bonds, which may be issued from time to time, in one or more series, shall be tax-exempt or taxable as the Mayor shall determine and shall be payable and secured as provided in § 2-1217.39f(a).

(b) The proceeds of the Class A Bonds shall be used as follows:

(1) An amount not to exceed $23 million shall be used to pay Development Costs of the project; and

(2) The balance of the proceeds may be used to pay the financing costs incurred by the District and to fund capitalized interest and required reserves.

(c) The Mayor may pay from the proceeds of the Class A Bonds the financing costs and expenses of issuing and delivering the Class A Bonds, including, but not limited to, underwriting, legal, accounting, financial advisory, credit enhancement, marketing, sale, and printing costs and expenses.


(Mar. 22, 2019, D.C. Law 22-263, § 5, 66 DCR 1378.)

Applicability

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-263: § 16 of D.C. Law 22-263 provided that the creation of this section by § 5 of D.C. Law 22-263 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.


§ 2–1217.39e. Class B Bond authorization.

(a) The Council approves and authorizes the issuance of one or more series of Class B Bonds in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $24 million to reimburse Development Costs of the project and financing costs incurred by the District and to fund capitalized interest and required reserves. The Class B Bonds, which may be issued from time to time, in one or more series, shall be tax-exempt or taxable as the Mayor shall determine and shall be payable and secured as provided in § 2-1217.39f(b).

(b) The Mayor may pay from the proceeds of the Class B Bonds the financing costs and expenses of issuing and delivering the Class B Bonds, including, but not limited to, underwriting, legal, accounting, financial advisory, credit enhancement, marketing, sale, and printing costs and expenses.

(c) The Class B Bonds also may be issued as a TIF note to the Development Sponsor and may be held and used as security for debt incurred or to be incurred by the Development Sponsor, an agent of the Development Sponsor, or another party selected by the Development Sponsor and approved by the District.


(Mar. 22, 2019, D.C. Law 22-263, § 6, 66 DCR 1378.)

Applicability

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-263: § 16 of D.C. Law 22-263 provided that the creation of this section by § 6 of D.C. Law 22-263 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.


§ 2–1217.39f. Payment and security.

(a) For the Class A Bonds.

(1) Except as may be otherwise provided in this subpart, the principal of, premium, if any, and interest on, the Class A Bonds, and the payment of ongoing administrative expenses related to the bond financing shall be payable solely from proceeds received from the sale of the Class A Bonds, income realized from the temporary investment of those proceeds, the Available Tax Increment and any other taxes or fees deposited in the RIA TIF Fund, income realized from the temporary investment of the monies in the RIA TIF Fund prior to payment to the Class A Bondholders, and other funds that, as provided in the Financing Documents, may be made available to the District for payment of the Class A Bonds from sources other than the District, all as provided for in the Financing Documents

(2) There is further allocated to the payment of debt service on the Class A Bonds the Available Increment, subordinate to the allocation of Available Increment to the Budgeted Reserve, as defined in the Reserve Agreement, all as more fully described in the Reserve Agreement and to the extent that the Reserve Agreement continues to apply to the Available Increment, to be used for the payment of debt service on the Class A Bonds to the extent that the revenues allocated in paragraph (1) of this subsection are inadequate to pay debt service on the Class A Bonds. The allocation of Available Increment authorized by this subsection shall be made in compliance with all existing contractual obligations of the District with respect to the Available Increment and shall terminate on the date on which all of the Class A Bonds are paid or provided for and are no longer outstanding pursuant to their terms.

(3) Payment of the Class A Bonds shall be secured as provided in the Financing Documents and by an assignment by the District for the benefit of the Class A Bondholders of certain of its rights under the Financing Documents and Closing Documents to the trustee for the Class A Bonds pursuant to the Financing Documents.

(4) The trustee or paying agent is authorized to deposit, invest, and disburse the proceeds received from the sale of the Class A Bonds pursuant to the Financing Documents.

(b) For the Class B Bonds:

(1) Except as may be otherwise provided in this subpart, the principal of, premium, if any, and interest on, the Class B Bonds, and the payment of ongoing administrative expenses related to the Class B Bond financing shall be payable solely from proceeds received from the sale of the Class B Bonds and income realized from the temporary investment of those proceeds, the Available Tax Increment and any other taxes of fees deposited in the RIA TIF Fund, income realized from the temporary investment of the monies in the RIA TIF Fund prior to payment to the Class B Bondholders, and other funds that, as provided in the Financing Documents, may be made available to the District for payment of the Class B Bonds from sources other than the District, all as provided for in the Financing Documents.

(2) Payment of debt service on the Class B Bonds from monies deposited in the RIA TIF Fund or income realized from the temporary investment of those monies shall be subordinate to (i) the payment of debt service on the Class A Bonds from monies deposited in the RIA TIF Fund or income realized from the temporary investment of those monies and (ii) any reasonable reserves required by the District.

(3) Payment of the Class B Bonds shall be secured as provided in the Financing Documents and by an assignment by the District for the benefit of the Class B Bondholders of certain of its rights under the Financing Documents and Closing Documents to the trustee for the Class B Bonds pursuant to the Financing Documents.

(4) The trustee or paying agent is authorized to deposit, invest, and disburse the proceeds received from the sale of the Class B Bonds pursuant to the Financing Documents.


(Mar. 22, 2019, D.C. Law 22-263, § 7, 66 DCR 1378.)

Applicability

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-263: § 16 of D.C. Law 22-263 provided that the creation of this section by § 7 of D.C. Law 22-263 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.


§ 2–1217.39g. Bond details.

(a) The Mayor is authorized to take any action reasonably necessary or appropriate in accordance with this subpart in connection with the preparation, execution, issuance, sale, delivery, security for, and payment of the bonds of each class and series, including, but not limited to, determinations of:

(1) The final form, content, designation, and terms of the bonds, including a determination that the bonds may be issued in certificated or book entry form;

(2) The principal amount of the bonds to be issued and denominations of the bonds;

(3) The rate or rates of interest or the method for determining the rate or rates of interest on the bonds;

(4) The date or dates of issuance, sale, and delivery of, and the payment of interest on, the bonds, and the maturity date or dates of the bonds;

(5) The terms under which the bonds may be paid, optionally or mandatorily redeemed, accelerated, tendered, called, or put for redemption, repurchase, or remarketing before their respective stated maturities;

(6) Provisions for the registration, transfer, and exchange of the bonds and the replacement of mutilated, lost, stolen, or destroyed bonds;

(7) The creation of any reserve fund, sinking fund, or other fund with respect to the bonds;

(8) The time and place of payment of the bonds;

(9) Procedures for monitoring the use of the proceeds received from the sale of the bonds to ensure that the proceeds are properly applied and used to accomplish the purposes of the Home Rule Act and this subpart;

(10) Actions necessary to qualify the bonds under blue sky laws of any jurisdiction where the bonds are marketed; and

(11) The terms and types of any credit enhancement under which the bonds may be secured.

(b) The bonds shall contain a legend which shall provide that the bonds are special obligations of the District, are without recourse to the District, are not a pledge of, and do not involve, the faith and credit or the taxing power of the District (other than the Available Tax Increment, the Available Increment, and any other taxes and fees deposited in the RIA TIF Fund), do not constitute a debt of the District, and do not constitute lending of the public credit for private undertakings as prohibited in § 1-206.02(a)(2).

(c) The bonds shall be executed in the name of the District and on its behalf by the manual or facsimile signature of the Mayor, and attested by the Secretary of the District of Columbia by the Secretary's manual or facsimile signature.

(d) The official seal of the District, or a facsimile of it, shall be impressed, printed, or otherwise reproduced on the bonds.

(e) The bonds of any series may be issued in accordance with the terms of a trust instrument to be entered into by the District and a trustee or paying agent to be selected by the Mayor, and may be subject to the terms of one or more agreements entered into by the Mayor pursuant to § 1-204.90(a)(4).

(f) The bonds may be issued at any time or from time to time in one or more issues and in one or more series.

(g) The bonds are declared to be issued for essential public and governmental purposes. The bonds, the interest thereon, and the income therefrom, and all funds pledged or available to pay or secure the payment of the bonds, shall at all times be exempt from taxation by the District, except for estate, inheritance, and gift taxes.

(h) The District pledges, covenants, and agrees with the holders of the bonds that, subject to the provisions of the Financing Documents, the District will not limit or alter the revenues pledged to secure the bonds or the basis on which such revenues are collected or allocated, will not impair the contractual obligations of the District to fulfill the terms of any agreement made with the holders of the bonds, will not in any way impair the rights or remedies of the holders of the bonds, and will not modify, in any way, the exemptions from taxation provided for in this subpart, until the bonds, together with interest thereon, and all costs and expenses in connection with any suit, action, or proceeding by or on behalf of the holders of the bonds, are fully met and discharged. This pledge and agreement for the District may be included as part of the contract with the holders of the bonds. This subsection constitutes a contract between the District and the holders of the bonds. To the extent that any acts or resolutions of the Council may be in conflict with this subpart, this subpart shall be controlling.

(i) Consistent with § 1-204.90(a)(4)(B) and notwithstanding Article 9 of Chapter [Title] 28 of the District of Columbia Official Code:

(1) A pledge made and security interest created in respect of the bonds or pursuant to any related Financing Document shall be valid, binding, and perfected from the time the security interest is created, with or without physical delivery of any funds or any property and with or without any further action;

(2) The lien of the pledge shall be valid, binding, and perfected as against all parties having any claim of any kind in tort, contract, or otherwise against the District, whether or not such party has notice; and

(3) The security interest shall be valid, binding, and perfected whether or not any statement, document, or instrument relating to the security interest is recorded or filed.


(Mar. 22, 2019, D.C. Law 22-263, § 8, 66 DCR 1378.)

Applicability

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-263: § 16 of D.C. Law 22-263 provided that the creation of this section by § 8 of D.C. Law 22-263 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.


§ 2–1217.39h. Issuance of the bonds.

(a) The bonds of any series may be sold at negotiated or competitive sale at, above, or below par, to one or more persons or entities, and upon terms that the Mayor considers to be in the best interests of the District.

(b) The Mayor or an Authorized Delegate may execute, in connection with each sale of the bonds, offering documents on behalf of the District, may deem final any such offering document on behalf of the District for purposes of compliance with federal laws and regulations governing such matters, and may authorize the distribution of the documents in connection with the bonds.

(c) The Mayor is authorized to deliver executed and sealed bonds, on behalf of the District, for authentication, and, after the bonds have been authenticated, to deliver the bonds to the original purchasers of the bonds upon payment of the purchase price.

(d) The bonds shall not be issued until the Mayor receives an approving opinion from Bond Counsel as to the validity of the bonds of such series and, if the interest on the bonds is expected to be exempt from federal income taxation, the treatment of the interest on the bonds for purposes of federal income taxation.

(e) Article 9 of Subtitle I of Title 28 and subchapter III-A of Chapter 3 of Title 47 shall not apply to any contract the Mayor may from time to time enter into, or the Mayor may determine to be necessary or appropriate, for the purposes of this subpart.


(Mar. 22, 2019, D.C. Law 22-263, § 9, 66 DCR 1378.)

Applicability

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-263: § 16 of D.C. Law 22-263 provided that the creation of this section by § 9 of D.C. Law 22-263 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.


§ 2–1217.39i. Financing and Closing Documents.

(a) The Mayor is authorized to prescribe the final form and content of all Financing Documents and all Closing Documents to which the District is a party that may be necessary or appropriate to issue, sell, and deliver the bonds.

(b) The Mayor is authorized to execute, in the name of the District and on its behalf, the Financing Documents and any Closing Documents to which the District is a party by the Mayor's manual or facsimile signature.

(c) If required, the official seal of the District, or a facsimile of it, shall be impressed, printed, or otherwise reproduced on the bonds, the other Financing Documents, and the Closing Documents to which the District is a party.

(d) The Mayor's execution and delivery of the Financing Documents and the Closing Documents to which the District is a party shall constitute conclusive evidence of the Mayor's approval, on behalf of the District, of the final form and content of the executed Financing Documents and the executed Closing Documents.

(e) The Mayor is authorized to deliver the executed and sealed Financing Documents and Closing Documents, on behalf of the District, prior to or simultaneously with the issuance, sale, and delivery of the bonds, and to ensure the due performance of the obligations of the District contained in the executed, sealed, and delivered Financing Documents and Closing Documents.


(Mar. 22, 2019, D.C. Law 22-263, § 10, 66 DCR 1378.)

Applicability

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-263: § 16 of D.C. Law 22-263 provided that the creation of this section by § 10 of D.C. Law 22-263 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.


§ 2–1217.39j. Limited liability.

(a) The bonds shall be special obligations of the District. The bonds shall be without recourse to the District. The bonds shall not be general obligations of the District, shall not be a pledge of, or involve, the faith and credit or the taxing power of the District (other than the Available Tax Increment, the Available Increment, and any other taxes or fees deposited in the RIA TIF Fund), shall not constitute a debt of the District, and shall not constitute lending of the public credit for private undertakings as prohibited in § 1-206.02(a)(2).

(b) The bonds shall not give rise to any pecuniary liability of the District and the District shall have no obligation with respect to the purchase of the bonds

(c) No person, including, but not limited to, any bond owner, shall have any claims against the District or any of its elected or appointed officials, officers, employees, or agents for monetary damages suffered as a result of the failure of the District to perform any covenant, undertaking, or obligation under this subpart, the bonds, the Financing Documents, or the Closing Documents, or as a result of the incorrectness of any representation in or omission from the Financing Documents or the Closing Documents, unless the District or its elected or appointed officials, officers, employees, or agents have acted in a willful and fraudulent manner.


(Mar. 22, 2019, D.C. Law 22-263, § 11, 66 DCR 1378.)

Applicability

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-263: § 16 of D.C. Law 22-263 provided that the creation of this section by § 11 of D.C. Law 22-263 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.


§ 2–1217.39k. District officials.

(a) Except as otherwise provided in § 2-1217.39j(c), the elected or appointed officials, officers, employees, or agents of the District shall not be liable personally for the payment of the bonds or be subject to any personal liability by reason of the issuance of the bonds, or for any representations, warranties, covenants, obligations, or agreements of the District contained in this subpart, the bonds, the Financing Documents, or the Closing Documents.

(b) The signature, countersignature, facsimile signature, or facsimile countersignature of any official appearing on the bonds, the Financing Documents, or the Closing Documents shall be valid and sufficient for all purposes notwithstanding the fact that the individual signatory ceases to hold that office before delivery of the bonds, the Financing Documents, or the Closing Documents.


(Mar. 22, 2019, D.C. Law 22-263, § 12, 66 DCR 1378.)

Applicability

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-263: § 16 of D.C. Law 22-263 provided that the creation of this section by § 12 of D.C. Law 22-263 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.


§ 2–1217.39l. Maintenance of documents.

Copies of the specimen bonds and of the final Financing Documents and Closing Documents shall be filed in the Office of the Secretary of the District of Columbia.


(Mar. 22, 2019, D.C. Law 22-263, § 13, 66 DCR 1378.)

Applicability

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-263: § 16 of D.C. Law 22-263 provided that the creation of this section by § 13 of D.C. Law 22-263 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.


§ 2–1217.39m. Information reporting.

Within 3 days after the Mayor's receipt of the transcript of proceedings relating to the issuance of the bonds, the Mayor shall transmit a copy of the transcript to the Secretary to the Council.


(Mar. 22, 2019, D.C. Law 22-263, § 14, 66 DCR 1378.)

Applicability

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-263: § 16 of D.C. Law 22-263 provided that the creation of this section by § 14 of D.C. Law 22-263 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.


§ 2–1217.39n. Expiration of issuance authority.

(a) The authority to issue the Class A and Class B Bonds, excluding Refunding Bonds, shall expire on September 30, 2025, if no Class A Bonds have been issued; provided, that the expiration of the authority shall have no effect on any bonds issued prior to the expiration date or on the District's ability to issue Refunding Bonds on a future date.

(b) The authority to issue the Class B Bonds shall expire on September 30, 2029, if no Class B Bonds have been issued; provided, that the expiration of the authority shall have no effect on any bonds issued prior to the expiration date or on the District's ability to issue Refunding Bonds on a future date.


(Mar. 22, 2019, D.C. Law 22-263, § 15, 66 DCR 1378; Sept. 11, 2019, D.C. Law 23-16, § 2014(b), 66 DCR 8621.)

Applicability

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-263: § 16 of D.C. Law 22-263 provided that the creation of this section by § 15 of D.C. Law 22-263 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.


§ 2–1217.39o. Applicability. [Repealed]

Repealed.


(Mar. 22, 2019, D.C. Law 22-263, § 16, 66 DCR 1378; Sept. 11, 2019, D.C. Law 23-16, § 7165, 66 DCR 8621.)