Posts Tagged ‘Convention Center’

With Marriott Marquis and Cambria Suites, D.C. Begins a Hotel Boom

After more than a decade of planning, D.C. finally has a new biggest hotel.
The Marriott Marquis opened its doors to the public at noon today. With 1,175 rooms, it's the largest hotel in the District. It's also the most anticipated, by far. Back when Mayor Marion Barry first pitched the idea of a new convention center [...]

Downtown Will Be Crowded in Mid-July

Get ready, D.C.: The Dalai Lama is playing the Verizon Center this July, and bringing as many as 20,000 people with him.
For the first time ever, the District will host the Kalachakra, the most well-attended ritual in the Buddhist tradition. In brief, it involves the creation and destruction of a sand mandala, as well as [...]

Mt. Vernon Square Could Be So Much More Than It Is

Last night, the Office of Planning and its consultants presented their concept plan for the redevelopment of the Mt. Vernon Square neighborhood, a vaguely-defined region that exists at the intersection of Chinatown, Shaw, Logan Circle, and the downtown core. Their ideas illuminated just how far the area is falling short of its potential.
To get what [...]

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 [...]

Deluged With People, Foreclosure Prevention Extravaganza Goes Another Day

It’s Friday afternoon, which means that the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America is some 170 consecutive hours into one of the bigger projects D.C.’s convention center has ever hosted: Modifying tens of thousands of mortgages to help people hang on to their homes.
It’s a serious undertaking. NACA counselors have been processing homeowners around the clock [...]

What’s Going on at the Old Convention Center Site? Trapeze Edition

The other day a commenter wrote in asking about some unusual action on the colossal lot downtown that once held the old convention center.
There are big plans to transform the space into, well, that lovely green and white rendering you see above—housing, retail, office space, etc.