Plans by 22 Capital Partners to build a 17-acre “smart city,” along the Silver Line in Ashburn advanced this week with the announcement of two new partners and the announcement of the 22 CityLink technology platform.
This week, George Washington University and the Center for Innovative Technology signed on to help develop the technological underpinnings of the development. Microsoft was previously announced as a partner in the effort.
The 22 CityLink platform will serve as a foundation for the development of smart cities by linking all aspects of real estate development with a preconfigured, intelligent framework designed to meet the needs of residents, businesses and governments. The “Smart City In-a-Box” platform will be used to power the $500 million Gramercy District development planned in Ashburn.
“We believe that modern technology is going to be a major force in urbanization projects and can improve the overall quality of life for the citizen,” 22 Capital Partners managing partner Minh Le stated. “By using a holistic approach where we control all aspects of the development, we can improve the way people live, the way people learn and the way people socialize. What we’re looking to do is build the next great tech real estate company using the 22 CityLink Platform.”
The system will use of artificial intelligence and big data analytics to create a city that learns from its interactions and provides residents with a personalized, yet unified living experience.
The Gramercy District is planned for 2.5 million square feet of mixed-use development, with 940 apartments, shops, offices and a hotel on the north side of the Dulles Greenway at the Ashburn Station Metro stop. The first phase of construction is planned for 2019.