The Wharf redevelopment will involve multiple phases, from residential and retail components to a revitalized market and other waterfront features, including four public piers.
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.
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.
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 Additionally, a planned curb to run along the pier has been replaced by a low railing 14-18 inches above its surface.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 http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/new_renderings_released_for_the_7th_street_recreational_pier/11242
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