More Details About The Wharf Revealed

by Shilpi Paul

More Details About The Wharf Revealed: Figure 1
From The Wharf’s Stage 2 Phase 1 PUD Application.

On Monday night, Hoffman-Madison Waterfront presented details on Phase 1 of The Wharf, their 3.2 million square-foot, $2 billion dollar Southwest Waterfront project, to an almost full house of community members at the Arena Stage. Monty Hoffman was present to introduce the project, and representatives from the DC government were on hand to voice their support.

While various architects will be tackling different buildings and projects, Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn are the master planners, and Stan Eckstut, founding principal, walked the audience through the PUD.

The Wharf will be built in three phases, and this meeting dealt only with Phase 1. The team submitted the PUD earlier this month and hopes to break ground on the first phase in early 2013. It will include extensive pedestrian waterfront development, 650 apartments, 225 condos, a 280-room hotel, 140,000 square feet of retail, 220,000 square feet of office space, 135,000 square feet of cultural space and 1,325 underground parking spaces.

More Details About The Wharf Revealed: Figure 2
Transit Pier

The overall design is strikingly pedestrian friendly, with pathways, parks, and other casual gathering areas found all throughout the plan. 9th Street will extend straight out to become “District Pier.” Sixty percent of the land is devoted to open space, said Eckstut, and the water plan involves creating several piers, parking for boats and a boardwalk made for hanging out – literally. (There will be backless 2,000-foot long bench all along the waterfront for “hanging your legs over the water,” according to the architect.) The retail will be varied, with cafes, restaurants, bars and shops, and the plans call for a lot of public uses, like a pier that becomes an ice skating rink in the winter.

The buildings are generally differentiated at the waterfront, with differing heights, nooks and indentations, and flat on the north side facing Maine Avenue. Sustainability-wise, the developers are hoping for LEED Silver certification for the buildings and LEED Gold for the neighborhood. Part of the energy-efficient efforts include a 675,000 gallon cistern beneath the boardwalk that will capture 25 million gallons of water per year.

The developers will go before the Zoning Commission in April, and then present to the ANC in May. If all goes according to plan, the Zoning Commission could give approval by the fall, which would mean work would start in early 2013.

The entire PUD can be found here.

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  1. xmal said at 4:22 pm on Tuesday February 28, 2012:
    Although I love the wilds along the District's waterways, it'll be great to have additional urban waterfront destinations. It's hard to believe that in a city with two rivers, Washington Harbour in Georgetown and the fish market are the only ones.
  1. Jupiter Linda said at 6:59 am on Wednesday February 29, 2012:
    Very nice post! Thank you for shairng. Keep up your great work.
  1. Wendy Leibowitz said at 9:05 pm on Tuesday February 28, 2012:
    Look what Baltimore has done with its Inner Harbor--a destination for many people in the region. Their Visionary Arts Museum is a gem...I desperately hope this project succeeds so that Washington can finally use its waterfront in a people-friendly way! Georgetown Waterfront is OK, but hard to get to (no Metro access, little parking and even walking there is tricky).
  1. smn-dc said at 8:28 pm on Friday June 21, 2013:
    Wow, great! Can't wait for this to start! I hope they don't try to upscale the fish/crab market too much. xmal--there's also the Navy Yard area--that's a fantastic new place that's just going grow too.
  1. jeffrey said at 8:32 am on Tuesday December 31, 2013:
    any updates on the Wharf? Last thing I saw was they were still working on financing etc?

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