New Renderings Released for the 7th Street Pier at The Wharf

by Nena Perry-Brown

New Renderings Released for the 7th Street Pier at The Wharf: Figure 1
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The Wharf redevelopment will involve multiple phases, from residential and retail components to a revitalized market and other waterfront features, including four public piers.

New Renderings Released for the 7th Street Pier at The Wharf: Figure 2
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In preparation for a hearing with the Zoning Commission next month, the development team submitted new details and renderings for one of those piers, the 7th Street Recreational Pier. Initially planned for completion as part of the third phase of the redevelopment, the developers now hope to complete the 7th Street Pier as part of the first phase.

New Renderings Released for the 7th Street Pier at The Wharf: Figure 3
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Designed by architect Perkins Eastman, the 96,805 square feet of space south of the 7th Street Park where 7th Street dead-ends at Water Street SW (map) will be improved with a large pier with an overhang, a small kiosk for service or retail, and floating wetland features in the Washington Channel, as well as floating docks in the Wharf Marina.

New Renderings Released for the 7th Street Pier at The Wharf: Figure 4
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After a requested public hearing in February, the team furnished additional renderings of the pier from various vantage points, as well as analysis of flood, safety and accessibility concerns. The US Army Corps of Engineers has given its approval of the proposal.

While the two levels of the pier were initially connected by a curved gangway, that transitional point will now be linear. Additionally, a planned curb to run along the pier has been replaced by a low railing 14-18 inches above its surface.

The developer is not requesting any additional relief outside of the flexibility to continue refining elements of the design and construction materials. Already-planned public parking at the redeveloped site is anticipated to address any influx of visitors.

The Commission has already approved several portions of the redevelopment, including rezoning the site to C3C and allowing flexibility in the mix of uses at this prime location.

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/new_renderings_released_for_the_7th_street_recreational_pier/11242


  1. skidrowedc@gmail.com said at 11:06 pm on Wednesday May 18, 2016:
    Love it! Especially the little islands of greenery. And I appreciate that the blueness of the water is done as a reflection of the blue sky, rather than the (wildly inaccurate) color of the water itself.
  1. bob said at 3:03 am on Thursday May 19, 2016:
    ...I don't get it. It looks like any utilitarian pier, except this one has a bit of a curve to it. It couldn't be more sterile or banal if they tried. Major fail.

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