With $13.9 billion in development, Washington, DC expects several openings and renovations in 2021 including Metro’s Silver Line expansion.
The 2.2 million-square-foot (about 204,390 meters) LEED sustainable development creates three new city blocks (seven acres) between Union Station and Capital One Arena, atop the I-395 Center Leg Freeway near the National Building Museum. The mixed-use $1.3 billion development has begun opening in phases with completion scheduled for 2022. capitolcrossingdc.com
Located in Capitol Hill, the 12,500-square-foot community-based food hall developed by the Neighborhood Restaurant Group brings a diverse collection of food, beer, wine and spirts purveyors. Among the already opened vendors is a craft beer hall and garden (Shelter), a clever taco concept (Hi/Fi), a sushi counter (Ako by Kenaki), an all-day café (Cameo) and the city’s fourth location of Shop Made in DC. Vendors opening soon include a full-service restaurant (Caruso’s Grocery), an all-day café (Leni) and cocktail and wine bar (Show of Hands) among others. theroostsedc.com
The Wharf – Phase 2
Phase two of the Southwest Waterfront development is underway, which will add a Pendry Hotel with 131 rooms, a 1.5-acre park, 95,000 square feet of retail space and 547,000 square feet of office space. phase2.wharfdc.com
Dulles Metrorail Project – Silver Line
Construction continues on the Dulles Corridor Metrorail project by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, connecting Washington Dulles International Airport to downtown DC. Dulles Metro Station will be linked to the main terminal by a 300-meter pedestrian tunnel. Known as the Silver Line, the extension is operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and is expected to open in 2021. dullesmetro.com
Reagan National Airport’s Project Journey
Construction of two new security checkpoints with 28 additional screening lanes and a new 14-gate concourse is in full swing at Reagan National Airport. The $1 billion investment will help with passenger safety, security and efficiency. The checkpoints and concourse with jet bridges and concessions are scheduled to open in 2021. flyreagan.com/dca/project-journey
The National Park Service, along with the District of Columbia and the DowntownDC Business Improvement District, recently began a year-long renovation of the nearly 5-acre park that includes a new 2,100-square-foot café and pavilion, children’s play area and new lighting, along with improvements to the landscaping, central plaza and an interactive fountain.
Lincoln Memorial Rehabilitation
The National Park Service has begun a $25 million renovation of the 95-year-old memorial, adding new services and design to enhance the visitor experience, including activating the space below the monument. Completion is expected prior to the centennial of the Lincoln Memorial’s dedication in 2022.
National World War I Memorial
The U.S. World War One Centennial Commission continues construction on a dedicated U.S. WWI Memorial. The memorial commemorates the 100th anniversary of the war’s end and honors the 4.7 million servicemen and women. The park is expected to open in December 2020 across from The Willard InterContinental Hotel while the memorial’s 58.5 foot bronze sculpture, the highest free-standing bronze sculpture in the Western hemisphere, is expected to be completed in 2023. worldwar1centennial.org
11th Street Bridge Park
Washington, DC’s first elevated public park will be built 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 many other attractions and events that help create a public gathering space. Construction is expected to start in 2021 with the park opening in 2023. bridgepark.org