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CityCenterDC is a 10-acre project in the core of the city, the largest redevelopment project underway in an American downtown.
"According to Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, the design of the new public spaces were guided by a few core ideas, namely restore the original D.C. street grid, limit car access, and create green public spaces set within mixed-use development. The team recognized the need to restore L'Enfant's original plan and "reinstate I Street and 10th Street, thereby extending the urban fabric of the city;" integrate the development into the neighborhood by "incorporating small pedestrian alleyways with limited vehicular access"; and create an "inviting and exceptional destination featuring signature retail and dining establishments, engaging public spaces with seasonal programming, and a mix of housing opportunities."
Using L'Enfant's original street grid as a "framework" for a pedestrian-oriented neighborhood, the development will include a new Northwest Park and central plaza."
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