by April Watts
The massive hole between 9th and 11th streets downtown, at the site of the old Convention Center, is slated to become the epicenter of retail shopping in the Distict. According to the “Downtown DC Shopping District 2011” report, the 10-acre CityCenterDC mixed use development will accomodate a large amount of the $600 million in unmet shoppers’ goods retail demand.
Phase I of the CityCenter DC project will be completed in 2013 and will add 185,000 square feet of retail space. Phases II and III will add another 140,000 square feet of retail space and are slated for completion in 2014 and 2015.
“This is a dramatic transformation,” said Richard H. Bradley, the DowntownDC BID executive director. “The DowntownDC BID area now has 600,000 square feet of shoppers’ goods retail. The shopping district could grow to more than one million square feet by 2015 because of CityCenterDC, 60,000 square feet of large retail space now available, and converting up to 100,000 square feet of non-shoppers’ goods retail or ground floor service uses to destination shoppers’ goods retail. The existing, available and planned retail spaces all bode well for DowntownDC to become a high-energy, regional shopping destination.”