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District Developments

With $10.3 billion in development, construction continues in Washington, DC with major openings and renovations coming to the city’s airports and the iconic National Mall.

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. The development is at 30% design and should be at 100% design by next spring with expected completion in 2024.   

 

Franklin Park 
In summer 2020, the National Park Service, along with the District of Columbia and the DowntownDC Business Improvement District, began construction an $18 million renovation of the nearly five-acre park. After expected completion in August 2021, the park will include a new outdoor restaurant and children’s play area, along with improvements to the landscaping, lighting, central plaza and the interactive historic fountain. 

 

Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge
The District is investing $480 million to replace the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge, its largest infrastructure project to date. Projected to open on Oct. 1, 2021, the bridge will provide more connectivity across the Anacostia River and will include public space as well as bike and pedestrian lanes. In August 2020, the Bowser Administration marked the completion of the six iconic arches over the bridge, forever changing the District’s cityscape and transportation network.

 

National Museum of Women the Arts

The world’s only major museum solely dedicated to championing women artists recently announced plans for a two-year renovation of its historic building. The building’s first full renovation since 1987, the $66 million project will preserve the structure’s history while transforming its interior spaces for an improved guest experience as well as completing some exterior restoration. The building will to close to the public Aug. 9, 2021. 

 

The Stacks

Located in Southwest DC’s Buzzard Point, The Stacks will include 2,000 residences, 80,000 square feet of retail and restaurants, up to two hotels and a 15,000-square-foot park. Construction on the first phase is expected to begin in 2022.

 

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. 

 

Western Market

Located across the site from the original Western Market built in 1802 as one of the three marketplaces in Pierre L'Enfant's plan for Washington, DC, the 12,300-square-foot food hall will bring more than a dozen local eateries to the Foggy Bottom neighborhood in late summer 2021. 

 

National Mall

 

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 memorial’s centennial in 2022.

 

Korean War Veterans Memorial

The National Park Service and the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation recently began construction on the Wall of Remembrance and an overall rehabilitation of the memorial. The memorial will remain open during the 18-month construction project, though some areas will be inaccessible during the work. The project is expected to be completed by summer 2022. 

 

National World War I Memorial
The U.S. World War One Centennial Commission recently completed construction on a dedicated U.S. WWI Memorial. The memorial commemorates the 100th anniversary of the war’s end and honors its 4.7 million servicemen and women. Located across The Willard InterContinental Hotel, the memorial’s 58.5-foot (about 17.8 meters) bronze sculpture will be the highest free-standing bronze sculpture in the Western hemisphere and is expected to be completed in 2023. 

 

Airports

 

Dulles Metrorail Project – Silver Line
Construction is nearing completion on the Dulles Corridor Metrorail project by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, connecting Washington Dulles International Airport to downtown DC. Operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, the 11-mile extension, which includes 11 new stations, will undergo testing later this year and is expected to open in early 2022.  

 

Reagan National Airport’s Project Journey
Construction on the $1 billon renovation at Reagan National Airport is progressing towards completion in 2021. The new 14-gate concourse recently opened to passengers on April 20 with the additional checkpoints becoming operational later this year.