Mayor’s Son Partner in Controversial Entertainment Complex

August 20, 2013

Plans for a sprawling temporary entertainment complex next to Nationals Park featuring kickball fields, bocce courts and alcoholic beverages have run into opposition from neighbors and police. And the prominent name of one of the partners involved has raised some eyebrows: Vincent Carlos Gray, son of Mayor Vincent Condol Gray.

“Riverfront at the Ballpark” is planned as a temporary use for the six-acre former Florida Rock Industries site immediately south of Nationals Park until plans for a permanent mixed-use development come to fruition.

According to documents submitted to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, which is currently deciding whether to grant a liquor license for the site, Dos Ventures LLC is proposing to offer lawn games, live performances, “pop-up” food vendors and “festival like” programming such as batting cages. Musical acts and adult sports leagues could use the site on non-game days.

Carlos Gray, 36, acknowledged in an interview that he is a partner in Dos Ventures but declined to share further details about the plans or his involvement in the project. The lead partner is Ki Jun Sung, who owns the Capitale club downtown; Gray is listed as a “DCRA/planning consultant” on a form filed with the liquor board. Gray campaigned for his father in 2010 but has generally kept a low profile since, politically speaking.


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