The redevelopment of the old Convention Center Site presented a key opportunity to create a uniquely Washington destination for downtown; one that complemented the emerging mix of uses in the center city, including retail, culture and residential. The DC Office of Planning (OP) led the process to conduct development and economic feasibility scenarios, which led to the creation of a conceptual site master plan and design guidelines. The preferred program for the site was predominately residential and retail. However, to ensure the new destination would attract people from all socio-economic backgrounds, a new central library was incorporated into the program along with a one-acre programmable civic space. OP drafted a Request for Proposals and a comprehensive document on Design Considerations to ensure that the development achieved a high level of design innovative and a contemporary approach to urban design and architecture.