This dense, mixed-use ensemble of 11-story-plus buildings will encompass 2.5 million square feet of retail and restaurants, condo and rental apartments, office space and a hotel, plus a plaza, public park and underground parking.
Master-planned by Foster + Partners and Shalom Baranes Associates, CityCenter reconstitutes three city blocks by partially restoring the historic L’Enfant street grid. Extending a block west from 9th Street, I Street will intersect the extension of 10th Street running north through the site from H Street to New York Avenue. CityCenter’s shops and eateries will animate the canyon-like pedestrian passageways and civic plaza.
At the site’s southeast corner stands the Residences at CityCenter, a glass-clad, balcony-lined condominium apartment building designed by Foster + Partners. The building’s amenity list is long: concierge, spa, fitness center, event rooms, wine and media lounges, and rooftop “park” space landscaped and furnished for outdoor cooking, eating, entertainment and sunbathing.
Varying greatly in size, 216 one- and two-bedroom apartments are equipped with European-style kitchens and bathrooms, closet storage systems and floor-to-ceiling windows with solar shades. All have access to a narrow balcony, a Juliet balcony or a landscaped terrace. LEED silver, a rating denoting energy efficiency by the U.S. Green Building Council, is the sustainability goal.
One-bedroom apartments, ranging from 689 to 1,003 square feet, start at $471,000 and go up from there. One-bedroom-plus-study units start at $551,000.
Two-bedroom apartments, ranging from 937 to 1,824 square feet, start at $789,000; with a study, prices begin at $973,000. Two-bedroom apartments with roof terraces, from 1,389 to 2,158 square feet, start at $2.054 million and soar past $3 million.
Who buys these apartments? Well-paid Washingtonians without kids and older folks with enough assets and income to cover down payments, debt service and condo fees.
Far from CityCenter DC, One Loudoun is billed as Loudoun County’s “new downtown.” The 358-acre, New Urbanist development is taking shape three miles north of Dulles International Airport, adjacent to Route 7 and the Loudoun County Parkway. One Loudoun’s Web site touts this would-be suburban downtown as “the all-encompassing place for living, working, shopping, dining and recreating.”
One Loudoun’s master plan, initially prepared several years ago by Torti Gallas, envisions 3 million square feet of corporate office space; 700,000 square feet of commercial retail space — shops, gourmet grocer, restaurants, multi-screen movie theater; a four-star luxury hotel; an elementary school; extensive recreation facilities, including a ballpark; a town green, pocket parks and natural parkland; and a goodly amount of housing.