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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 building opens fall 2018 in Judiciary Square. The museum uses interactive exhibits, engaging programming and historical artifacts to connect visitors to the American law enforcement experience.
The 2.2 million-square-foot LEED platinum certified development will create 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 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 two restaurants in the development: an outpost of Union Square Café and a quick-service concept similar to NYC’s Daily Provisions.
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 fueled by a $50 million gift by Chairman David Rubenstein is expected to be implemented before 2021, the center’s 50th anniversary. The first expansion since the center opened in 1971 adds classroom space for school- and community-based residencies, enhanced memorialization for President Kennedy, flexible rehearsal/performance space, a video wall with terrace seating for 1,600 guests and the River Pavilion café.
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 of additional retail space and the $250 million, 360-room Herzog & de Meuron-designed Conrad Hotel with a restaurant by Bryan Voltaggio.
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.
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 November 2018 in Pershing Park.
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.
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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.
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.
Audi Field at 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, opening in July 2018, will seat 20,000 and include 31 luxury suites, a bike valet, and 500,000 square feet of mixed-use retail and residential space. DC United’s first home game at Audi Field takes place July 14th.
Located directly across from Nationals Park, this 475,00 square foot building will offer 440 apartments and 60,000 square feet of retail space.
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. The park is expected to open 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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