"We are within a year of breaking ground," said Miller. "We are continuously meeting and speaking with retailers that expressed interest."
And yet the project has missed several projected groundbreakings since the developers' first estimate of a groundbreaking by last January, and despite numerous assurances that the delay isn't affecting retail interest in CityCenter, no major retailers have been announced. The multi-phase, mixed-use development will commandeer 10-acres of vacant downtown property to eventually realize 400,000 square feet of retail space, more than a million square feet of office space, 670 residential units and a 400-room “high-end” hotel with its own 100,000 square foot retail plaza, under a 99 year lease from the city. It may sound a little on the ambitious side, but Archstone claims they have more than enough time – and resources – to see it through.
"At this point in time, we still have months to complete our construction documents and get our final permits and entitlements. We’re busy meeting with potential investors and banks that have expressed interest,” said Miller. “By year’s end, even though we’re in a challenging state with capital markets, we’ll be able to get the financing lined up and be able to break ground.”
The last time DCmud reported on the status of CityCenter last September, a Hines representative relayed that the project was “85% ready to go” and that the development team would seek a general contractor “in the next few weeks.” Though neither has yet transpired, there was recently one sign that wheels are again turning after a dour Spring; on April 28th, the development team met with potential contractors at a pre-bid "requirement conference."
The District Government swapped land in 2007 with Kingdon Gould, who gave up land on the site of the future Convention Center Marriott to get the northeast parcel of CityCenter from the District government (labeled 'District Parcel' in the rendering). Gould will be developing his land separately, but has also not committed in time or in scope, nor has the much discussed Convention Center Marriott broken ground yet.