EVENTS DC

Washington,

RFK Stadium Redevelopment Advisory Services

CLIENT OPPORTUNITY

Long before Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium (“RFK”) lost its last core tenant, the Washington, DC, City Government understood that the venue was both functionally and physically obsolete. However, the District government’s convention and sports authority, Events DC, was determined to re-imagine RFK and the surrounding campus and continue to support its purpose while also offering the opportunity to redevelop and reenergize this important part of Washington, DC’s urban core. With this in mind, Events DC engaged B&D to help lead a comprehensive redevelopment planning process to identify the range of possibilities for a revitalized RFK campus—both in vision and in a practical sense.

B&D PROCESS

B&D’s strategic approach began with shaping an initial vision based on Events DC’s purpose and desired outcomes. The planning process then moved into data-gathering in order to understand development influences and constraints, and engagements with the community and stakeholders to understand their wants and needs. Subsequent steps involved testing the market and financial feasibility of potential offerings, coalescing that information into a refined vision, identifying funding and transaction structures, and developing an implementable master plan for the campus based on that vision.

Ultimately, the master plan included both a long- and short-term plan, with the latter consisting of five community-focused elements that could be designed and built in two to five years. B&D is currently serving as Events DC’s development manager to help implement the short-term plan. Part of that effort involves tailoring a development approach to each individual project; the funding and implementation strategies being evaluated span the full spectrum of privatization, including public-private partnerships (“P3s”).

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

SHORT-TERM PLAN

  • Three multipurpose playing fields and support amenities for recreational use by the community currently underway for use by 2019
  • A 60,000-square-foot market hall offering a year-round mix of concessions, prepared foods, and groceries for both neighborhood residents and visitors to the site
  • A 300,000-square-foot sports and recreation complex housing a variety of sports programs for families, youth, and amateur sports, such as indoor fields and courts, ice sheets, and other fitness and recreation amenities
  • Pedestrian bridges that will connect the campus with nearby islands in the Anacostia River, and span across it to connect with neighborhoods east of the river
  • A new memorial to Robert F. Kennedy that will serve as a place to engage visitors and educate the next generation