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Changes Abound in Washington, DC with $11.8 Billion in Development Underway: Visitors to DC will enjoy a transformed Southwest Waterfront, new and renovated attractions, restaurants, retail, hotels and more

June 2, 2017 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

First-time and repeat visitors to the nation’s capital have many reasons to return, thanks to $11.8 in development projects in progress. Several major openings and renovations will grow Washington, DC’s inventory of attractions, restaurants, retail, hotels and more. Key projects include:

The Wharf
The $2 billion, almost mile-long waterfront project transforming Southwest DC along the Potomac River includes 3.2 million square feet of residential, hotel, office, restaurant, retail and cultural space. Phase 1 opens Oct. 12, 2017.

Three new hotels opening include the luxurious Wharf InterContinental (278 rooms), Canopy by Hilton Hotel (175 rooms) and the extended-stay Hyatt House (238 rooms). There are more than a dozen independent restaurants planned. Among them: Del Mar specializing in Spanish seafood; Hank’s on the Water and Potomac Distilling Company. There will also be two live music venues: Anthem, a 6,000-person capacity cultural center for concerts and conventions, run by the owners of the 9:30 Club; and Pearl Street Warehouse, a concert hall that can accommodate 150 people seated or 300 standing.

In partnership with Entertainment Cruises, The Wharf will create the first water taxi fleet serving the region, transporting people to and from The Wharf’s Transit Pier with stops in Georgetown, Old Town Alexandria and National Harbor. Bike racks will make it easier for commuters and vacationers to incorporate the water taxi into their adventures on both sides of the river.

Capitol Crossing
A 2.2 million square-foot, LEED sustainable development will create three new city blocks (seven acres) between Union Station and Verizon Center, atop the I-395 Center Leg Freeway near the National Building Museum in Northwest DC. The mixed-use $200 million development will open in phases, with its first delivery in 2018 and the final in 2020. In March, restaurateur Danny Meyer announced he’s opening a Union Square Café at Capitol Crossing.

665 New York Avenue NW
In downtown DC’s Mount Vernon Square, a $122.5 million megacomplex is being erected directly across the street from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center Across and Apple’s future flagship store at Carnegie Library. This mixed-use development incorporates no fewer than 15 historic buildings from the turn of the last century, including one 880-ton building that was moved 34 feet. It is scheduled to open spring 2018.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The nation’s premier performing arts center is embarking on an expansion expected to deliver in 2018 fueled by a $50 million gift by Chairman David Rubenstein. The 60,000-square-foot expansion, the first since the center opened in 1971, adds classroom space for school- and community-based residencies, as well as flexible rehearsal/performance space and a River Pavilion café.

 Museum of the Bible

The state-of-the-art 430,000 square foot facility opens in November, three blocks from the Capitol. The museum features eight floors of exhibits dedicated to the history, narrative and impact of the Bible, filled with technological advancements, interactive exhibits and world-class artifacts. The museum also houses the 472-seat World Stage Theater.

RFK Stadium Redevelopment
Events DC tapped Brailsford & Dunlavey to transform the property, along with the surrounding 80 acres including the DC Armory. The proposal recommends a mixed-use site for housing, retail, parklands and cultural activities. RFK’s primary tenant, DC United, plans to move to the new $300 million state-of-the art Audi Field stadium in 2018. The stadium is located in Buzzard Point in southwest Washington, adjacent to Nationals Stadium.

The Washington Monument
While the iconic obelisk is closed for structural repairs, the National Capital Planning Commission will build a security screening center that will be powered by four geothermal wells. The monument is expected to reopen in 2019 with a new visitor experience.

The 10-acre luxury mixed-use development is home to high-end shops and eateries such as Burberry, Caudalie Spa, Daniel Boulud’s DBGB, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Grill, Gucci, Hermes, Longchamp, Paul Stuart, Carolina Herrera, Dior and David Yurman. DC-area natives, David Chang and Christina Tosi opened iterations of Momofuku and Milk Bar. Additional homegrown favorites include gelato and coffee shop Dolcezza and Chef Amy Brandwein’s Italian Centrolina. Phase 2 is expected to deliver in 2019 and includes 30,000 square feet of additional retail space and the $250 million, 360-room Herzog & de Meuron-designed Conrad Hotel with a restaurant by Bryan Voltaggio.

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