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$2 Billion Riverfront Development Now Open in D.C.

The first phase of Washington D.C.'s The Wharf is now open, bringing glitz to a formerly quiet section of waterfront.
November 2, 2017, 11am PDT | Philip Rojc | @PhilipRojc
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The Wharf, with the fish market in foreground
Payton Chung

For The Architect's Newspaper, Jackson Rollings writes, "Previously the site was a mile-long stretch of boat storage, industrial space, and some back-door barbecue joints. At its northern end, it also includes the oldest fish market in the United States. Before the Wharf could be built, the existing seawall and promenade were torn up and replaced by an underground, two-story parking garage spanning the length of the development."

In mid-October, Phase One of the project "opened to the public–in total, 1.2 million square feet of mixed-use space including office structures, luxury and affordable residential space, a marina, and waterfront parks." The fish market, by the way, has been preserved in its original form.

Phase Two, which is slated for completion in 2021, "will add an additional 1.2 million square feet to the overall site footprint, mostly extending south."

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Published on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 in The Architect's Newspaper
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