With $10.3 billion in development, construction continues in Washington, DC with major openings and renovations expected in the next several years.
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. Construction is expected to start later this year with the park slated to open in 2023. bridgepark.org
The 2.2 million-square-foot (about 204,390 meters) LEED sustainable development creates 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. Two additions were recently announced including a dining concept from Chef Johnny Spero and Israeli-influenced bakery Chef Tzurit Or's Tatte Bakery & Café. The mixed-use $1.3 billion development has begun opening in phases with completion scheduled for 2022. capitolcrossingdc.com
In summer 2020, the National Park Service, along with the District of Columbia and the DowntownDC Business Improvement District, began construction an $18 million renovation of the nearly five-acre park. With an expected completion date of August 2021, the park includes a new outdoor restaurant, a children’s play area, along with improvements to the landscaping, lighting, central plaza and the interactive historic fountain. downtowndc.org/franklinpark
Located in Capitol Hill, the 12,500-square-foot (about 1,161 square meters) community-based food hall developed by the Neighborhood Restaurant Group brings a diverse collection of food, beer, wine and spirts purveyors. Among the already opened vendors is a craft beer hall and garden (Shelter), a clever taco concept (Hi/Fi), a sushi counter (Ako by Kenaki), an all-day café (Cameo) and the city’s fourth location of Shop Made in DC. Vendors opening soon include a full-service restaurant (Caruso’s Grocery), an all-day café (Leni) and cocktail and wine bar (Show of Hands) among others. theroostsedc.com
Located in Southwest DC’s Buzzard Point, The Stacks will include 2,000 residences, 80,000 square feet of retail and restaurants, up to 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 underway, which will add a Pendry Hotel with 131 rooms, a 1.5-acre park, 95,000 square feet of retail space and 547,000 square feet of office space. phase2.wharfdc.com
Located across the site from the original Western Market built in 1802 as one of the three marketplaces in Pierre L'Enfant's plan for Washington, DC, the 12,300-square-foot food hall will bring more than a dozen local eateries to the Foggy Bottom neighborhood in 2021. westernmarketdc.com
Lincoln Memorial Rehabilitation
The National Park Service has begun a $25 million renovation of the 95-year-old memorial, adding new services and design to enhance the visitor experience, including activating the space below the monument. Completion is expected prior to the memorial’s centennial in 2022.
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 will remain open during the 18-month construction project, though some areas will be inaccessible during the work. The project is expected to be completed by summer 2022. koreanwarvetsmemorial.org
National World War I Memorial
The U.S. World War One Centennial Commission continues construction on a dedicated U.S. WWI Memorial. The memorial commemorates the 100th anniversary of the war’s end and honors the 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 completed in 2023. worldwar1centennial.org
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, will undergo testing later this year and is expected to open in early 2022.
Reagan National Airport’s Project Journey
Construction on the $1 billon renovation at Reagan National Airport is progressing towards completion in 2021. A recent announcement shows the new 14-gate concourse opening to passengers on April 20 with the additional checkpoints becoming operational later this year. flyreagan.com/dca/project-journey