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With $11.5 billion in development projects in progress, major openings and renovations continue to enliven Washington, DC in 2018 and beyond.

National Law Enforcement Museum
The 55,000-square-foot (approx. 5,110 square meters) museum opens Oct. 13, 2018 in Judiciary Square featuring interactive exhibits, engaging programming and more than 21,000 artifacts to connect visitors to the American law enforcement experience.

Capitol Crossing
The 2.2 million-square-foot (about 204,390 meters) LEED sustainable development will create three new city blocks (seven acres) between Union Station and Capital One Arena, atop of the I-395 Center Leg Freeway near the National Building Museum. The mixed-use $1.3 billion development will open in phases, with its first delivery in 2018.

The REACH at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The REACH will add 2,500-square-feet (about 230 square meters) of new performance space, 7,500-square-feet (697 meters) of pre-function and event space with new art installations and digital advancements as well as a terrace for up to 1,600 people and a scenic walkway, opening September 2019.

The 10-acre luxury mixed-use development is home to high-end shops and eateries. Phase two is expected to deliver in 2019 and includes 30,000-square-feet (approx. 3,066 meters) of additional retail space and the $250 million, 360-room Herzog & de Meuron-designed Conrad Hotel with a restaurant by Bryan Voltaggio, opening February 2019.

National Mall

Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial
The memorial will span four acres between the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and the Department of Education honoring the 34th president of the U.S. Scheduled to open in June 2019, the memorial will feature one-of-a-kind stainless steel tapestry and heroic-sized bronze sculptures.

Lincoln Memorial Expansion
The National Park Service has announced plans for a $25 million renovation of the 95-year-old memorial, adding new services and design to enhance the visitor experience, including the activation of space below the monument. Completion is expected prior to the centennial of the Lincoln Memorial’s dedication in 2022.

National Native American Veterans Memorial
Construction has begun on the memorial located on the grounds of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Indian with an opening scheduled for fall 2020.

National World War I Memorial
The United States World War One Centennial Commission began construction on a dedicated U.S. WWI Memorial in November. The memorial commemorates the 100th anniversary of the war’s end and honors the 4.7 million servicemen and women. It is scheduled to open in fall 2020 in Pershing Park across from The Willard Hotel.

Washington Monument
The 555-foot tall (about 169 meters) iconic obelisk is expected to reopen in March 2019 with a new elevator system and visitor experience as part of a $10.8 million project.

Mount Vernon

665 New York Avenue NW
In downtown DC’s Mount Vernon Square, a $122.5 million mega-complex is being erected across from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and Apple’s future flagship store at Carnegie Library. The mixed-use development incorporates 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 late 2018/early 2019.

Columbia Place
The 480,000-square-foot hotel and apartment building will feature a Courtyard by Marriott with 357 rooms, a Residence Inn with 147 rooms and more than 200 apartments near the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in early 2019.


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 many other attractions and events that help create a public gathering space. The park is expected to open in 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. 

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