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The Wharf – Washington DC Waterfront

Redevelopment Plans for the Southwest Waterfront


Photo Courtesy of Hoffman-Madison

The Wharf is a $2 billion mixed-use development that is underway on the Washington DC waterfront. The project is one of the region’s largest redevelopment opportunities and will transform the underutilized Southwest Waterfront into an urban destination that mixes maritime activity and commerce with culture and housing within easy walking distance to the National Mall. Construction on The Wharf will begin in the first quarter of 2014.  The first phase is projected to open in 2017. This is going to be an amazing project to watch in the coming years.

The Wharf site is comprised of 24 acres, with a total of 3.2 million square feet of buildable area along one mile of the historic Washington Channel. The development plan includes building new restaurants, shops, condominiums, hotels, high-quality entertainment venues, marinas, a waterfront park, and an expanded riverfront promenade with public access to the water. The waterfront area will be bike and pedestrian-friendly and is expected to become a commercial anchor for the community and those who visit Washington DC's monuments and museums.

See renderings and get a glimpse of the Wharf development plans

Location and Accessibility

The Wharf is located along the Washington Channel, just south of the National Mall and west of the newly developed Capitol Riverfront. The development area stretches across 24 acres of land and more than 50 acres of water from the Municipal Fish Market to Fort McNair. The waterfront faces East Potomac Park. The closest Metro Stations are Waterfront and L’Enfant Plaza. Accessibility improvements will made to the area with redesigned walkways and transportation options including water taxis and streetcars. See a map

Phase 1 – Projected to open in 2017

  • 648 apartments
  • 240 condominiums
  • 680 hotel rooms, including an InterContinental Hotel
  • 435,000 sq. ft. office space
  • 200,000 sq. ft. retail/restaurant space
  • 140,000 sq ft. cultural/performing arts venue
  • An underground parking facility with 1,600 parking spaces
  • 1300 bike parking spaces
  • St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, including 15,500 square feet of space and a 109 unit residential building
  • open spaces, including flexible gathering places, a variety of piers, market docks, and landscaped parks

Phase 2

  • 480,000 sq. ft. office space
  • 130,000 sq. ft. retail
  • 360 apartments
  • 124 condos
  • marina with 450 slips
  • 965 parking spaces

The Maine Avenue Fish Market is one of the oldest continuously operating fish markets in the country, dating back to 1805. It will continue to operate and will become part of a larger market that will offer a wide range of products.

The Washington Marina and the Gangplank Marina will be expanded and the 7th Street Pier will support a variety of water activities.

Landmarks within Walking Distance


PN Hoffman & Associates, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates, provide design, construction, sales, and marketing services for individual residential and mix-use development projects. The company is committed to serving the neighborhoods of Washington DC and has built over 28 developments in the city since 1993.

Madison Marquette is a Washington, DC-based investor, developer and operator of retail and retail mixed-use real estate throughout the United States. The company specializes in creating unique retail destinations that respond best to consumer preferences.

The Design Team
Perkins Eastman
Rockwell Group
Handel Architects
Cunningham Quill
SK&I Architectural Design Group
MTFA Architects
Nelson Byrd Woltz
Michael Vergason
Lee & Associates

Website: www.swdcwaterfront.com

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