Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton wants Congress to sell the land at the RFK Stadium site to the city.
“It’s a wasteland. This is federal land that consists chiefly of parking lots. The federal government isn’t using it," she said. "All I’m trying to do is allow the District of Columbia, fair and square, to purchase the land, with the proceeds going to the U.S. Treasury."
While the need for housing and new parks on the asphalt that surrounds RFK stadium has broad support, a new stadium for the Redskins does not.
D.C. Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6) has been a vocal critic of diverting District funds to building a new home for the Redskins in the city. He called building a stadium for the team "a horrible waste of taxpayer dollars."
“Build more housing. Recruit more jobs. More parks that could connect to Anacostia neighborhoods," Allen said.
"He knows one thing that I know - that there's only one true home for the Washington Redskins, right? In Washington," Bowser said.
Norton told The Post her bill "isn't about a stadium" and the draft of the legislation does not reference the Redskins or a new stadium.
"As a DC resident, I don't want to see DC hoodwinked into paying for a billionaire's stadium," Allen's petition continued. "The District needs our tax dollars to create new housing at all levels, support local DC entrepreneurs who run small and local business, take urgent steps forward to shift to a 100% clean energy environment, build larger and modern schools for our growing city, fund our Metro system, and in general spend money to make life better and easier for DC residents."
Gov. Hogan's decision made the District and RFK Stadium the most likely spot and Mayor Bowser called RFK "the most suitable site" for a stadium. However, she said the team "would have to build its own stadium," without elaborating on any perks or deals the city would offer.
However, if the bill is passed and the District is able to purchase the land, many hurdles remain for the Redskins.
Councilmember David Gross (At Large), another stadium opponent, said after the city acquires the land there will be a public process to determine the best use.
“It’s important for us to have that land under our control,” Gross said via The Post. “I just hope we keep in check the desires of Dan Snyder, because he’s proven he can’t be trusted.”