Remembering the Old Convention Center Site Development Project
From the first announcement in 2003 when D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams announced that a group of developers led by Hines Interests L.P. has won the right to build a retail and residential complex on the site of the former Washington Convention Center to the 2011 grounds breaking ceremony, the new convention center was a formidable project aimed to enhance the civic, cultural and economic opportunities of our city and create a vital, all-encompassing community center. The was the official website for the Old Convention Center Site Development project.
Content is from the site's 2011 archived pages as well as from other outside sources.
The new owners of this domain wanted to keep as much of the original content as possible for historical purposes since this was an impressive project.
The current website for CityCenterDC is found at http://citycenterdc.com/
Located at the heart of Washington, DC's northwest quadrant, CityCenterDC will represent the best our city has to offer. It will become a central destination for shopping, offering a unique blend of local and national retailers.
Retail emphasis will focus on a broad range of distinctive restaurants and cafes, grocery/market foods, entertainment and performance venues, fashion and specialty retail, and neighborhood services. Thirty percent of retail space will be devoted to merchants with six or fewer stores in the United States.
2020: When I visited Washington DC on a business trip in the fall of 2019. who would have imagined what would befall the entire world in the the next 12 months. During my time in the capital of the US, I spent several days with my sister who happened to live in t lovely 2 bedroom apartment at CityCenter. Let me first say this development is really impressive from the huge convention center to the hotel with its third floor lounge, bar, restaurants, two outdoor terraces, two ballrooms, a long with multiple meeting and conference rooms, the two towers of modern luxury residences, and all the shops, events, restaurants and even a park. I could have spent my entire week within just CityCenterDC since all the amenities are within easy walking distance even though it covers more than five city blocks. Of course I didn't. I spent several none business days with my sister who took me on a "private" tour of the monuments etc that Washington DC is renown for.
I had planned to return to Washington DC in August 2020 for another convention. Well, that did not happen. As it turned out I was in a complete lockdown due to the Covid 19 pandemic in Melbourne Australia where I live. We have just emerged from that 111 day lockdown. Melbourne's five million residents saw an end to the strict stay-home orders that put an entire city into a type of protective custody. It was controversial, calamitous for jobs and crushingly hard for many, but Australian health specialists believe it has worked. With the very low case numbers that are now being reported I am cautiously optimism that the worst is over. I was fortunate that I could carry on at home with my work. My sister and I spent a lot of time Face timing, checking in to see that we each were ok. I cringe when I see the horrible Fall surge that is now occurring in the US. My sister assures me that she, unlike it seems many folks, is wearing a mask whenever she is outside her apartment and is social distancing from friends. They sometimes meet outside if the weather is good, but no inside dining or gathering indoors socially. We are all eagerly waiting for the distribution of a vaccine.
For my entertainment during our shutdown, I depended upon mobile pokies at my favorite online casinos. When all the clubs and pubs shut down, Aussie punters really freaked out. Listening to my friends you would have thought it was the end of the world. Shops, cafes, salons, restaurants, bars and places of worship are now opening back up, but I think I am going to continue to play pokies online for awhile. The city plans to continue shedding restrictions in the coming weeks, but I am still a bit concerned that we might see a surge, if people disregard wearing masks and social distancing. Despite key factors working in Melbourne’s favor, including closed borders, an infection count that was tiny by international standards, and a state government with strong public backing, it still took twice as long as anticipated to crush the curve. I worry about my sister in the US. Hopefully in another year we will be able to see each other in person without social distancing and wearing masks.
NEWS TIME LINE
2003 - 2011
April 11, 2011
QATARI REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT THE FIRST OF MORE TO COME
Qatar’s $700 million investment in Hines/Archstone’s CityCenterDC project is the first U.S. investment for the real estate unit of the Qatari Investment Authority and plants the tiny Persian Gulf nation’s maroon-and-white flag on an entire block in the center of D.C.
April 4, 2011
CITYCENTER 'LAST PIECE OF THE PUZZLE' FOR DOWNTOWN DC
During the groundbreaking Monday for CityCenterDC, the mega project that promises to transform the east end of downtown Washington, D.C. Councilman Jack Evans joked about meeting years ago with Bill Alsup of Houston-based Hines Interests LP, former Councilwoman Charlene Drew Jarvis, George Washington and Pierre L'Enfant.
April 4, 2011
QATAR FUND STARTS CITYCENTER PROJECT WITH $700M INVESTMENT
A $700 million investment by Qatar's sovereign wealth fund will jumpstart Hines/Archstone’s long-planned CityCenter project, the developer said Monday.
March 23, 2011
CITYCENTERDC GROUNDBREAKING APRIL 4
CityCenterDC, a project nearly a decade in the making that promises to transform the east end of downtown Washington, will break ground April 4, a D.C. official said Tuesday.
February 25, 2011
FIVE PROJECTS THAT WILL TRANSFORM WASHINGTON: CITYCENTERDC, BY HINES INTERESTS AND ARCHSTONE
Just a few decades ago, the idea of creating a “living downtown” in Washington seemed improbable. Many in the city wanted the core to remain a 9-to-5 office zone without residents or night life. Only after a new zoning law narrowly passed in the 1980s — and ensured a critical mass of downtown housing — did pioneering projects begin to sprout.
October 21, 2010
NEW $950 MILLION CITYCENTER DC COMPLEX ON SITE OF FORMER CONVENTION CENTER SET FOR CONSTRUCTION IN APRIL
Construction is slated to begin in April on six new buildings and a public plaza on the site of the District's former convention center, a project that city officials say could cost $950 million and be one of the largest active developments on the East Coast.
May 19, 2008
HINES-ARCHSTONE SNAGS MORE OF PRIME D.C. SITE
The District will lease the final parcel at the old convention center site to developers Hines and Archstone, which plan to build an upscale 400-room hotel and 100,000 square feet of additional retail space.
May 13, 2008
DOWNTOWN D.C. PROJECT TO INCLUDE POSH HOTEL
Hines-Archstone announced plans yesterday to build a luxury hotel and high-end retail on prime downtown property where former mayor Anthony A. Williams had proposed constructing a new central public library.
December 18, 2007
BUILDING D.C.'S NEW 'HEART AND SOUL'
Deal Reached For Mixed-Use Development at Site of Old Convention Center
December 18, 2007
WASHINGTON, D.C. MAYOR HERALDS CONVENTION CENTER
D.C. officials yesterday announced an $850 million plan to redevelop the old Washington Convention Center site...
December 17, 2007
CITY DEVELOPERS AGREE ON FINANCING PLAN FOR OLD CONVENTION SITE
D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty announced Monday the financial details of an agreement with Hines and Archstone-Smith for an $850 million development of the old convention center site.
November 5, 2007
PARCEL REMAINS UNSOLD AT OLD CONVENTION CENTER SITE
Though plans are well under way for most of the redevelopment at the Old Convention Center site, there remains a 53,700-square-foot question: What will the city do with its parcel facing New York Avenue NW, the site once suggested as a future home for the city's central library?
September 4, 2007
CONVENTION CENTER WORK SLOWS
The redevelopment of one of the most valuable urban parcels in the country, D.C.'s Old Convention Center site, has slowed as the designs for a half dozen buildings to be clustered on the site idle in the District's development pipeline.
May 2, 2007
OLD CONVENTION CENTER SITE TO HOST 700 HOUSING UNITS
Crowded around a miniature wooden model of what will be a soaring complex on the site of the old convention center, developers, architects and others at a recent meeting expressed enthusiasm for the plans.
April 6, 2007
DESIGN PLANS SET FOR FORMER D.C. CONVENTION CENTER SITE
Representatives of the development team for D.C.'s old convention center site said they planned to submit the schematic design, which outlines the design and heights of the proposed buildings, to city officials in the first week of April.
November 27, 2006
NEW LOOK AT OLD CONVENTION CENTER
With Master Plan Approval, Design Begins
May 5, 2006
D.C. SETS NEW $1B PLAN FOR OLD CONVENTION CENTER
Their mixed-use concept lays out nine buildings, housing 300,000 to 400,000 square feet of office space, about 770 apartments and condominiums, at least 275,000 square feet of retail and potentially a $180 million library...
November 6, 2003
MAYOR TAPS BUILDER FOR CONVENTION CENTER SITE - WASHINGTON POST
Massive Renewal Expected Downtown. D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) plans to announce today that a group of developers led by Hines Interests L.P. has won the right to build a retail and residential complex on the site of the former...
Live. Work. Shop. Celebrate. Learn.
Imagine a place of superior architectural quality, filled with functionality and flair - a world-class destination where culture, business and lifestyles converge.
Imagine this place is here, in DC.
CityCenterDC will activate the block bounded by 9th, H and 11th Streets and New York Avenue, and bring new life to downtown's East End. It will draw upon the rich, diverse fabric of the surrounding neighborhoods and represent the special qualities that make our city unique.
The rebirth of CityCenterDC as a thoughtfully planned urban development signals a dynamic future for our city, a transformation that balances both beauty and function. It will enhance the civic, cultural and economic opportunities of our city and create a vital, all-encompassing community center where we all can live, work, shop, celebrate, and learn.
Hines|Archstone recognizes the importance of community involvement in the design and planning process of a project of this magnitude. We take seriously our commitment to consider input from the community in formulating its master plan, designing and constructing the project and, finally, during ongoing operations of the development. Hines|Archstone has developed a Community Involvement Plan based on the following objectives:
- To provide complete and understandable information to the community at all stages of the design process as well as during the construction and operational phases of the development.
- To take a proactive approach to soliciting ideas/concerns from the community at the earliest possible stage so its input can truly be incorporated into the master plan process and subsequent phases.
- To create a common vision for the development, taking into account divergent interests of both the public and private sectors, by using a proactive approach that involves various community groups in a meaningful exchange early in the master plan process.
The key components of our Community Involvement Plan include: outreach to community groups and stakeholders; formation of an advisory committee; implementation of apprenticeship and internship programs and support of community events.
The developers who have been selected to see the redevelopment of this important site to completion include a carefully assembled and accomplished team of local, national and international firms. They stand united in the belief that the new development must echo the voices of the District's residents and reflect the unique character of Washington DC.
The team's combined professional experience features an unparalleled record of achievements in architecture, landmark development, city planning, urban design, and management of residential, retail, and recreational properties throughout the world.
CityCenterDC Consists of Three Phases.
Construction anticipated to begin: Second Quarter 2011
The project will include the following:
- Retail: 185,000 sf
- Office: 520,000 sf
- Housing - Rental: 458 units (20% affordable)
- Housing - For Sale: 216 units (20% affordable)
- Parking: 1,555 spaces
- NW Park (11th and New York Avenue): 29,000 sf
- Central Plaza: 20,000 sf
- Hotel: 350 to 400 Rooms
- Retail: 110,000 sf
- Office: 500,000 sf
- Retail: 40,000 sf
*All numbers and measurements are current estimates and are subject to refinement.
First Source Employment Agreement Program
The First Source Employment Agreement program ensures that DC residents receive priority for new jobs created by development projects.
Hines|Archstone is a participant of this program ensuring that:
- All job openings created are listed with the Department of Employment Services
- District residents are given priority for newly created on-site jobs