Washington, D.C. Construction Update 2017

New Housing, Retail, Commercial Space and Tourist Attractions

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Have you driven past Washington, D.C. construction sites and wondered what's going on? The nation’s capital has many neighborhoods that are being revitalized with new housing, retail and office space. New attractions are also in the planning stage or have broken ground. While I can’t possibly keep track of every construction project, here is a list of some of the major ones that are underway. If you know of a new building to add, feel free to email me the details at dc.about@outlook.com.

City Center DC - The Old Convention Center Site - Address: Between New York Avenue and 9th and H and 11th Sts. NW Washington, D.C. Projected Opening Date: First Phase Opened in 2013, Second Phase to Open in 2018. The 10-acre old Convention Center site in Downtown Washington, DC is being redeveloped in two phases. The first phase is a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood with 458 rental apartment units and 216 condominium units and 520,000 square feet of office space. A second phase of the project is planned to include a 350-room upscale hotel, along with 110,000 additional square feet of retail.

The Wharf  - Address: Southwest Waterfront, from the Maine Street Fish Wharf to Ft. McNair, SW Washington, D.C. Projected Opening Date: First Phase October 2017. Additional Phases through 2021.
The mile-long waterfront area is being completely redeveloped to create a mixed-use community with restaurants, shops, condominiums, hotels, marinas, a waterfront park, and an expanded riverfront promenade with public access to the water. 

18 New Hotels to Open in Washington, D.C. - More than 5,000 hotel rooms are under construction or planned for development to open in  Washington, D.C. in 2016-2017.  They are spread across the city but many are clustered in the city’s fastest growing neighborhoods: Capitol Riverfront, NoMa and Mount Vernon Triangle.

DC United Soccer Stadium - Address: Buzzard Point in Southwest Washington DC.  Projected Opening Date: 2018. Plans are set to build a new 20-25,000-seat stadium which will connect the developing areas around Nationals Park and the new Wharf development along the Southwest Waterfront. The project is expected to cost approximately $300 million and will transform an undeveloped part of the city into a vibrant and environmentally friendly new waterfront neighborhood. 

Kennedy Center Expansion - Address: 2700 F. St. NW, Washington, D.C. Projected Completion Date: mid-2018. The performing arts center will add rehearsal space, dedicated classroom space, multipurpose rooms, gardens, an outdoor video wall upon which simulcast performances and other multimedia events may be projected, and an outdoor performance space on the Potomac River.

Skyland Town Center - Address: Good Hope Road, Naylor Road and Alabama Avenue. SE Washington, D.C. Projected Opening Date: 2017. The 18.5 acre mixed-use project will include approximately 340,000 square feet of first-floor retail space and 480 residential units set in a vibrant, town square setting.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Museum - Address: NW of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Constitution Avenue, 23rd Street, and Henry Bacon Drive. Washington, D.C. Projected Opening Date: Not Yet Determined. The Visitors Center will be built underground. It will serve to educate visitors about the Vietnam War and will pay tribute to all of the men and women who served in all of America’s wars.

Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial - Address: Between 4th and 6th Sts. SW, Washington, D.C.
Projected Opening Date: 2019.

Construction has not yet begun but a design concept by world-renowned architect Frank O. Gehry has been selected. The design features a central area set back from a number of eight-story columns framed by large metal panels that will depict “photographs” of Eisenhower's life.

National Law Enforcement Memorial Museum - Address: 400 block of E Street, NW Washington, D.C.
Projected Opening Date: mid-2018. A 55,000-square foot underground museum will be built near the National Law Enforcement Memorial to tell the story of American law enforcement through high-tech, interactive exhibits, collections, research and education.

Museum of the Bible - Address: 300 D St SW, Washington, D.C. Projected Opening Date:  November 2017. The privately funded 430,000-square-foot, eight-story museum will be dedicated to the history and narrative of the Bible featuring a collection of more than 40,000 rare biblical texts and artifacts, high-tech exhibits and interactive experiences.

The Parks at Walter Reed - Address: Between Georgia Ave & 16th Street NW and Fern St and Aspen St NW Washington, D.C. Projected Opening Date: Date to Be Determined. The project will redevelop the 66.57 acre property that served for more than 100 years as Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the U.S. Army's flagship medical center. The plan will preserve several historic buildings and include more than 2,000 housing units (a diverse mix), 250,000 square feet of retail, a Hyatt conference center and hotel, and an educational center.

See also, Urban Development in Washington, D.C. to learn about the revitalization plans in specific Washington DC neighborhoods.