Friday, May 12, 2006
It took five years of planning and much wringing of hands, but DC officials and developers have finally delivered a master plan for the 10.2 acres of prime real estate where the old Washington Convention Center once stood. This major parcel (bounded by 11th Street to the west, New York Avenue to the north, 9th Street to the east, and H Street to the south) will soon, it is said, be home to nine buildings, containing almost 400,000 square feet of office space, 770 apartments and condominiums, and about 300,000 square feet of retail. In addition, developers envision a $180 million library, and hope to reopen long-closed 10th and I Streets. Two green plazas are also being considered for this land, for hosting concerts and events. Ground is expected to be broken in 2008, with project completion slated for 2011.