Several major openings and renovations will grow Washington, DC’s inventory of attractions, restaurants, retail, hotels and more.
Key projects include:
The $2.5 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. Read more about its three new hotels and dozens of restaurants planned. There will also be three live music venues: The Anthem, a 6,000-person capacity cultural center for concerts and conventions, run by the owners of the 9:30 Club; Union Stage, a concert hall that can accommodate 450 concert goers; and Pearl Street Warehouse, a 300-person capacity music venue specializing in Americana, rock, folk, and roots music. Four public piers and open parks and green space provide the perfect backdrop for enjoying the waterfront. 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 MGM National Harbor. Bike racks will enable commuters and vacationers to incorporate the water taxi into their adventures on both sides of the river.
Museum of the Bible
The state-of-the-art 430,000 square foot facility opens Nov. 17, three blocks from the Capitol at 4th and D streets SE. 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.
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In downtown DC’s Mount Vernon Square, a $122.5 million megacomplex is being erected across from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center 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 a 60,000-square-foot expansion expected to deliver in 2018 fueled by a $50 million gift by Chairman David Rubenstein. The first expansion 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.
Audi Field Buzzard Point
Washington, DC’s professional soccer team, DC United, will have a new $300 million state-of-the art stadium at Buzzard Point in Southwest. The venue will seat 20,000 and open in June 2018.
Lincoln Memorial Expansion
The National Park Service has announced plans to renovate the 95-year-old memorial, adding additional services and design to enhance the visitor experience, including the activation of space below the monument. Construction is expected to begin in mid-2018.
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 $1.3 billion development will open in phases, with its first delivery in late 2018. New York restaurateur Danny Meyer will open his first DC restaurant in the development.
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.
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.
11th Street Bridge Park
Washington, DC’s first elevated public park is under construction on the piers of the old 11th Street Bridge spanning the Anacostia River. Visitors and locals will enjoy an amphitheater, picnic gardens, interactive art and waterfalls among other many other attractions and events that help create the public gathering space. Pre-construction began in 2016 and the park is expected to open by late 2019.
Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge
The District will replace the existing Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge. Projected to open in 2021, the bridge will provide more connectivity across the Anacostia River and will include public space as well as bike and pedestrian lanes.
more information: www.washington.org