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With $11.8 billion in development projects in progress, major openings and renovations will continue to enliven Washington, DC in the year ahead.
Major openings and renovations will continue to enliven Washington, DC in the year ahead.
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In downtown DC’s Mount Vernon Square, a $122.5 million megacomplex 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 no fewer than 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 spring 2018.
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 expected to deliver in 2018 fueled by a $50 million gift by Chairman David Rubenstein. 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 a River Pavilion café.
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 will open in June 2018, and seat 20,000 and include 31 luxury suites, a bike valet, and 500,000 square feet of mixed-use retail and residential space.
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.
A 2.2 million square foot LEED sustainable 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 Daily Provisions.
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. CityCenterDC has become known for its seasonal activations and displays, and the holidays bring a glittering 75-foot tree, two 25-foot reindeer and an overhead installation in Palmer Alley.
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.
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. Pre-construction on the pedestrian-only bridge began in 2016 and the park is not expected to open before 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.
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.
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.
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