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District Developments

With $9.3 billion in development, investment in the city hasn’t slowed. Learn more about upcoming projects across the city.


Georgetown

The shuttered Georgetown Market will get a new life with Stephen Starr’s (of Le Diplomate and St. Anselm’s) new 312-seat eatery coming in the 2023. Similar to Eataly in New York, the market will have a variety of dining options including a pizza grill, granita and juice bar, mozzarella bar, salumi bar, cocktail bar as well as a produce and grocery area. Seating will be available throughout the space at tables, bars and in the solarium lounges.

 

Anacostia

Mayor Bowser and the Office of the Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development announced a nearly $4 million grant to the Anacostia Business Improvement District to support the creation of the Anacostia Arts and Culture District. It will create new opportunities to highlight and support the local artists, makers and entrepreneurs who keep DC creative. The grant will also fund new events and programs that will engage people in the neighborhood and bring visitors to restaurants and retail stores in Ward 8.

 

Capitol Riverfront
A new proposal by the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District is designed to improve culture and increase high-quality and useable public space in the community by reconnecting the neighborhoods between Capitol Riverfront and Capitol Hill. The new design will bring active uses under and next to the freeway that divides the area. The plan includes adding pickleball and basketball courts and space for skateboarders to the underpass. Art installations, some interactive, will beautify the spaces. Events and permanent installations will support local artists, performers and chefs. The project is anticipated to be completed by spring 2023.

 

Union Station Expansion Project
Amtrak, the Federal Railroad Administration and the Union Station Redevelopment Corp. have joined efforts to expand and modernize Union Station, the landmark transit hub and Amtrak’s second busiest location. The $10 billion project as currently envisioned includes a new east-west train hall and new passenger concourse. The project area is spread across 53 acres and includes the station building, as well as infrastructure such as a parking garage, rail terminal, bus facility, railroad infrastructure and the H Street Bridge. The environmental review and approval process for the expansion is expected to be done by November 2023. Construction is expected to take from 11 to 14 years.


Rubell Museum

The contemporary Rubell Museum in Miami will open a new venue in Washington, DC on Oct. 29, 2022. Located less than a mile from the National Mall, the Rubell Museum DC takes over the former Cardozo Elementary and Randall Junior High School, a historically Black public school in Southwest DC listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The museum will be free to DC residents and feature exhibitions of works by American and international artists drawn from the Rubells’ collection of paintings, sculptures, videos and photographs. The museum will house more than 7,400 works by more than 1,000 artists as well as galleries, a bookstore and a cafe.

 

11th Street Bridge Park
Washington, DC’s first elevated public park is being 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 artist 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.

John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts
In celebration of the Kennedy Center’s 50th Anniversary, the Arts and Ideals: President John F. Kennedy—a new permanent flagship exhibit exploring Kennedy’s presidency and commitment to the arts, opens to the public on Sept. 17, 2022. The exhibit will be housed in the 7,500-square foot, roof-level JKF Gallery at the heart of the original Edward Durell Stone building. The multimedia exhibit includes archival video recordings of President Kennedy’s landmark speeches, historic footage of musicians and jazz legends, photographs, letters and other memorabilia.

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 due to reopen in fall 2023. The building’s first full renovation since 1987, the $66 million project preserves the structure’s history while transforming its interior spaces. Key improvements include enlarged gallery space, a new destination for researchers and education programs, enhanced amenities and accessibility for visitors as well as infrastructure and storage upgrades to improve the long-term conservation and security of the museum’s collection of more than 5,500 works.

 

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 offers 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 phase one of the LEED Gold standard project has begun.

 

The Wharf – Phase 2
Phase two of the Southwest Waterfront development is scheduled to open in in October 2022, adding more luxe residences, 547,000 square feet of office space, a Pendry Hotel with 131 rooms and three new restaurants, a 1.5-acre park at the Marshall Park Landing, 223 boat slips at Wharf Marina, 95,000 square feet of retail space and two garages with over 1,000 parking spaces. The new restaurants are due to open on a rolling basis between October 2022 and late spring 2023, include Philippe Chow’s Beijing-style restaurant, Lucky Buns, Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls and Bartaco, Blank Street Coffee, Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips, Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen, Kinfolk Southern Kitchen, Limani, Milk and Honey, Slice of Matchbox and Kilwins Chocolates & Ice Cream.

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 Alitiko, Arepa Zone, Bandoola Bowl, Capo Italian Deli, Falafel Inc., Lucky Danger, Mason’s Lobster, Nim Ali, Onkei, Rawish, Roaming Rooster and Tigarella. New vendors come online each month.

 

Union Market, NoMa
A wave of new tenants have signed lease agreements for Union Market, expanding the 45-acre area with three new restaurants from New York including Starr Restaurant Group’s Pastis, a storied Manhattan restaurant, Minetta Tavern and Maman, a French bakery chain. Seven new shops planned include a furniture store, a wedding dress shop, an international clothing store and an eyeglass retailer.

 

National Mall
 

New Smithsonian Museums:
The Smithsonian Institution recently updated the National Capital Planning Commission as it evaluates 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." Site selections are expected to be complete at the end of 2022. Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden Revitalization (Groundbreaking November 2022): The Hirshhorn will host a ceremonial groundbreaking on Nov. 16 in the garden with first lady Dr. Jill Biden. She will be joined by many of the artists who’ll make new work for the revitalized garden including Japanese Hiroshi Sugimoto, the architect/poet/photographer who is leading the design group.

 

National Air and Space Museum Renovation (Opening October 14 2022):
An extensive, multi-year renovation of the entire museum includes a new 50,000-square-foot learning center, ground-floor restaurant and a third-floor terrace with views of the National Mall and U.S. Capitol. All 23 exhibitions will be completely reimagined, with new presentation spaces and attractions.

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 100-150 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.

 

Molina Family Latino Gallery of the National Museum of the American Latino (Opened June 2022):
The Molina Family Latino Gallery is the first physical presence of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Latino and the Institution’s first gallery dedicated to Latino contributions to the United States. The 4,500-square-foot gallery opened in the National Museum of American History in June 2022. The gallery will offer temporary exhibitions and educational programs over the course of 10 years, making it an integral part of the American Latino Museum. Exhibitions in the Molina Family Latino Gallery will present bilingual stories for multigenerational and cross-cultural audiences featuring multimedia, physical objects and first-person voices. The gallery’s inaugural exhibition, “¡Presente! A Latino History of the United States,” introduces visitors to critical concepts, moments and biographies that shine a light on the historical and cultural legacy of U.S. Latinos.

 

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. Years in the making, the centerpiece of the National World War I Memorial is a bronze sculpture entitled A Soldier’s Journey by Sabin Howard. When complete, Howard’s immense frieze will tell the story of an American reluctantly answering the call to war. Across five scenes and 38 larger-than-life-size human figures, it will be nearly 60 feet long and 10 feet high. Located in Pershing Park in front of the Willard InterContinental Hotel, the memorial’s massive sculpture will be the highest free-standing bronze sculpture in the Western hemisphere and is expected to be installed in 2024.

 

U.S. Park Police Horse Stables and Education Center
The Trust for the National Mall, along with the National Park Service, is creating a state-of-the-art, environmentally sustainable horse stable for the U.S. Park Police Horse Mounted Patrol Unit. Located near the Lincoln Memorial, the project includes 14 new stalls for the horses, a medical paddock, covered shelters, a heated wash ad tack room and an office building with meeting space. A new visitor and education center will welcome the public to meet the horses and learn about their history on the National Mall. The project will also create new pathways to connect the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial directly to the National Mall.

 

Airports


Dulles Metrorail Project – Silver Line
Construction is nearing completion on the Dulles Corridor Metrorail project by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), 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 anticipated to open in October. MWAA has also recently approved a plan for $675 million concourse at Dulles. Construction begins in 2023 with an anticipated completion by 2026.  The 400,000 square-foot, 14-gate concourse will include new retail and dining options, more seating, airline lounges and other amenities. It also improves the backend operations for servicing planes and moving baggage. Officials hope to build it to the eco-friendly LEED Silver standard.

 

Connected DMV Hydrogen Center
The District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia (the DMV) are in the early stages of a major energy transition. Fueled by climate change, technical and process innovation, and a population committed to responsibly stewarding our natural resources, the result will be a healthy and prosperous environment for all who live and work in the region. The DMV can demonstrate strong regional and national leadership in meeting climate goals and objectives by delivering the next generation of the energy ecosystem. The plan will create economic growth and establish thousands of high-quality jobs and safer environments throughout the region, including for the most distressed communities. Deploying hydrogen in the DMV region can abate almost 1.5% of regional carbon emissions in less than a decade, the equivalent of taking 700,000 cars off the road, with greater gains from 2030 and beyond (Source: hydrogengreenprint.org)