Anyone who had walked around downtown DC over the last few years can’t help but notice the huge empty plot that once was home to the Old Convention Center. One would expect a development project of this size to take some time to finalize details, but each month that goes by is another missed opportunity to bring new life to the area.
Well the details of what will shape the design are starting to take final form and are about to be presented to the public. The old rendering pictured is from Foster and Partners but we look forward to seeing the new ones when they are released next month!
We do have some really exciting details already though, the most interesting of which is the central plaza which will sit in the middle of the four residential buildings, with fountains and landscaping, connecting to the street with paved pedestrian alleyways. We just love the pedestrian only walkways that are typical of other large cities that DC has always seemed to be lacking!
They expect to break ground in January 2009, with a planned 35 month construction period, we can expect completion by July 2011.