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District Developments

With $10.3 billion in development, investment in the city hasn't slowed. Learn more about upcoming projects across the city.

 

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. DC-based artists Martha Jackson Jarvis and her daughter, Njena Surae Jarvis, have been commissioned for a piece of artwork entitled "Anacostia's Sunrise/Sunset Portals." The portals artwork is the largest of five total that will be part of the 11th Street Bridge Park's opening in 2025. 

 

National Museum of Women the Arts
The world’s only major museum solely dedicated to championing women artists recently closed to the public for a two-year renovation of its historic building. It's slated to reopen in 2023. The building’s first full renovation since 1987, the $66 million project preserves the structure’s history while transforms its interior spaces. The improved guest experience includes some exterior restoration.

 

The Stacks

Located in Southwest DC’s Buzzard Point, The Stacks is a transformative six+ acre development that encompasses two city blocks bounded by V Street, T Street, First and Second streets SW. The two-million-square-foot, mixed-use development will redefine residential living on DC's Southwest Waterfront. The Stacks will offer panoramic views overlooking the confluence of the Anacostia and Potomac rivers, Reagan National Airport and Virginia. The Stacks will include 2,000 residences, 80,000 square feet of retail and restaurants, 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 scheduled to open later this year, adding more luxe residences, 547,000 square feet of office space, a Pendry Hotel with 131 rooms, new restaurants, a 1.5-acre park at the Marshall Park Landing, 233 boat slips at the Wharf Marina, 95,000 square feet of retail space and two garages with over 1,000 parking spaces. The new restaurants slated for the area include Phillippe Chow's Beijing-style restaurant, Luck Buns, Mason's Famous Lobster Rolls and Bartaco. 

 

Western Market

Located across the site from the original Western Market, which was built in 1802 as one of the three marketplaces in Pierre L'Enfant's plan for Washington, DC, the new 12,300-square-foot food hall brings more than a dozen local eateries to the Foggy Bottom neighborhood. Current vendors include Arepa Zone, Capo Italian Deli, Falafel Inc., Mason's Lobster Rolls, Nim Ali, Onkei, Rawish and Roaming Rooster. New vendors come online each month. 

 

National Mall

 

New Smithsonian Museums

The Smithsonian Institution recently updated the National Capital Planning Commission as they evaluate sites for two museums-the National Museum of American Latino and the American Women's History Museum. Host sites being considered are concentrated near Pennsylvania Avenue NW or the vicinity of L'Enfant Plaza SW, which the National Capital Planning Commission terms the "Southwest Ecodistrict." The site selections are expected to be completed the end of 2022.

 

National Air and Space Museum
The design process has begun for a Jeff Bezos-funded addition that will add a 50,000-square-foot learning center to the museum. The center will replace the restaurant space on the east terrace of the museum at 600 Independence Avenue SW. Demolition work will begin this spring, with construction starting in 2024. The Bezos Center will house programs and activities related to innovation and careers in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. It will include a ground-floor restaurant, second-floor space for programs, and a third floor terrace (with space for 150 people) with views of the National Mall and U.S. Capitol. The Smithsonian is also looking into an outdoor astronomy park on the eastern edge of the site. 

 

Lincoln Memorial Rehabilitation

The National Park Service has nearly completed a $25 million renovation of the 100-year-old memorial, adding new services and design to enhance the visitor experience. The renovation includes the rehabilitation of the undercroft portion of the Lincoln Memorial where visitors will now be able to view the foundations that anchor the memorial bedrock and see graffiti of the construction workers who built it in the early 20th century. The improved existing visitor services on the mezzanine level has expanded restrooms, improved accessibility, expanded visitor interpretation spaces and exhibits and expanded NPS support and service space. The memorial's centennial celebration is in May. 

 

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 remains open during the 18-month construction project, though some areas will be inaccessible during the work. The project is expected to be complete this summer.

 

National World War I Memorial

The U.S. World War One Centennial Commission finished 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 complete 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, is now in a testing phase that's expected to last 90 days with an anticipated opening of July 2022.

 

Reagan National Airport’s Project Journey

Construction on the $1 billon renovation at Reagan National Airport is completed . The new 14-gate concourse opened to passengers earlier this year along with two new security checkpoint buildings. The consolidated security screening areas expand shopping and dining options for ticketed passengers and make connecting to flights easier.