Posts Tagged ‘citycenterdc’

CityCenterDC: D.C.’s Rodeo Drive?

First came the bag stores. The upscale luggage shop Tumi was the first announced retailer at CityCenterDC, the mixed-use development by Houston-based Hines Interests that's nearing completion. Then came high-end handbag store Kate Spade, followed by high-end handbag store Longchamp. Also arriving is Allen Edmonds, which sells men's shoes in the $300 range. And Michael Neibauer reported [...]

Big Developments Are Coming to D.C. in 2014. But Who Will Benefit?

Nothing brings a grin to a mayor’s face quite like raising an oversize pair of scissors and cutting a ribbon. All the more so in an election year. While 2014 does portend some potential pitfalls for Vince Gray—look no further than the process to redraw school boundaries for the first time in more than 30 [...]

D.C. Government, Developer Sue Labor Department Over Wage Ruling

The D.C. government and the developers behind the CityCenterDC project have filed suit against the U.S. Department of Labor in an effort to reverse a wage ruling that could have profound financial implications for the District.
In June 2011, the Department of Labor ruled that the big downtown development project is subject to the 1931 Davis-Bacon [...]

Prediction Notices: What 2013 Could Have in Store for D.C. Real Estate

2012 was supposed to be the year that the economic recovery finally picked up steam, the real estate market made a meaningful comeback, and the District’s streetcar started running. None of that happened. 2013 has already seen similar predictions, but with the country continuing to see not-very-impressive job growth, D.C.’s housing and office markets coming [...]

Four Reasons Why CityCenter Is Not Central Park

Somehow, a piece of PR for the upcoming CityCenterDC condos has managed to masquerade as news in The Washington Post. The usually excellent Jonathan O'Connell begins the story, "It isn't Central Park living, but it's as close as it gets in D.C."
I'll agree with the first half of that sentence. So, on a busy day in which [...]

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

Any District resident will tell you, with great certainty, at the height of a turgid summer: D.C. was built on a swamp. That’s only half true. The reality is a lot more complicated.
Here’s the lay of the land: The rocky Piedmont’s rolling uplands extend west of Rock Creek all the way past Great Falls to [...]

The Scoop on Dirt: What it Is and Where it Goes

There is an impressive amount of digging going on in Washington these days: There are towering cranes and gaping holes in the ground everywhere you look, especially along 14th Street NW and in NoMa, not to mention CityCenterDC, the Marriott Marquis hotel across the street, and St. Elizabeths in Ward 8. Where does it all [...]

The Prophet Motive

In early April, the city’s development mucketymucks gathered at 10th and H streets NW to celebrate the official start of something that was nearly two decades in the making: Construction on CityCenterDC, a massive residential and retail project on the site of the old convention center. It was one of the first truly hot spring [...]

Qatari Investors: Huge Downtown Development Project Must Conform to Shariah

The New York Times' profile of the CityCenterDC project has mostly nothing new in it if you've been following the huge downtown project at all. But it does include this fascinating nugget about the requirements of its Qatari investors:
Even before the Qatari investors became involved, Hines and Archstone determined that leasing to banks would [...]

CityCenterDC Insists it’s Still on Track for Spring Groundbreaking

As downtown projects get moving left and right, the massive office-retail-residential complex planned for the old convention center site bounded by 9th Street, 11th Street, H Street and New York Avenue is the biggest thing still hanging out there. It was dealt a blow earlier this summer, when mega-law firm Skadden Arps Meagher and Flom [...]