The Southwest Waterfront
A Premier Waterfront Destination Just Steps
from the National Mall
The District of Columbia launched the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative (AWI) in March 2000 bringing together more than 20 different Federal and District agencies with land or jurisdiction along the River. Over the next three years, with input from community residents and renowned waterfront planning experts, the City outlined its vision for revitalizing the river and its waterfront in the Anacostia Framework Plan.
In 2003 City Council unanimously approved a Small Area Plan for the Southwest Waterfront, a premier waterfront destination just steps from the National Mall. The Anacostia Waterfront Corporation is charged with implementing the City's vision for the Southwest Waterfront. When complete, this 47-acre site will include a unique blend of retail, residential, office, maritime, hotel, park and cultural space that create a vibrant, amenity-rich 24-hour neighborhood for both District residents and visitors.
South Capitol Waterfront & Ballpark District
Ballpark is the Draw but the Waterfront is the Focus
The South Capitol Waterfront represents a unique opportunity to create a true waterfront destination on the Anacostia River. The area includes the new Washington National's ballpark and 60 acres surrounding the stadium, bound by the Anacostia River and South Capitol Street, New Jersey Avenue, and M Street, SE. Plans call for an exciting and vibrant neighborhood with a diverse mix of retail, entertainment, residential, and office uses. The new stadium will provide a unique and exceptional experience for baseball fans and act as a catalyst for the development of a waterfront entertainment destination for neighborhood residents and visitors to enjoy year-round. When complete, the South Capitol Waterfront is expected to generate $10 to $15 million per year in new tax revenues for the District, provide countless new jobs for District residents, and create business opportunities for local, small, and disadvantaged business enterprises. As a directive of the original City Council legislation financing the ballpark, AWC now owns the land that constitutes the ballpark site, has prepared an overall development strategy for the area, and is working to facilitate the redevelopment of publicly held parcels of land located adjacent to the ballpark. The revitalization of the South Capitol Waterfront will also include the construction of the Anacostia Riverwalk between the ballpark and the Washington Navy Yard, which will include a five-acre public park at the Southeast Federal Center and a new ferry pier at the foot of First Street, SE. Site 60 acres surrounding the new Washington National's ballpark, bound by the Anacostia River and South Capitol Street, New Jersey Avenue, and M Street, SE.
Reconnecting Historic Anacostia with the Anacostia Waterfront
Poplar Point encompasses more than 110 acres of federal land adjacent to Historic Anacostia, directly across from the Navy Yard. Development efforts in this area will strive to reconnect historic Anacostia and its residents back to the Anacostia River. Currently, the site is isolated from nearby neighborhoods. Plans call for the site to be revived as a green gateway to the Anacostia River and act as a catalyst for neighborhood economic development. The transformation will feature state-of-the-art ecological restoration as well as cultural, historical, and community attractions. AWC is currently working with the National Park Service and the U.S. Congress on transferring the ownership of Poplar Point from the federal government to AWC. The National Park Service has established a series of conditions that must be met as part of the transfer including a relocation strategy for the existing National Park Service facilities. Plans for the site must also include a 70-acre cultural park, civic memorials (including one honoring Frederick Douglass), wetlands, and residential, commercial, and office development. In March 2006, AWC issued a Request for Proposals to develop the site plan and received proposals from 15 consultant teams. A team consisting of representatives from representatives of AWC, the National Park Service, the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission, and the DC Office of Planning evaluated the proposals and selected a team, led by Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill Architects, which includes Hargreaves Landscape Architecture, Lee and Associates, Delon Hampton and Associates, and Justice and Sustainability.
Anacostia Metro Station Redevelopment
A New Economic Development Hub for Historic Anacostia
AWC is leading an effort to redevelop the Anacostia Metro Station site as a multi-modal transit facility and mixed-use hub for shops, apartment residences, and government offices. A centerpiece of the plan will be a new headquarters building for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and 200,000 square feet of District government offices—including the AWC’s headquarters. The development will bring jobs and revitalization to Historic Anacostia, stimulating economic activity that benefits the entire community. AWC has completed architectural and feasibility analyses for the relocation of WMATA’s headquarters to Anacostia and briefed members of the WMATA Task Force.
Washington Canal Park
A Focal Point for Emerging Retail, Housing and Offices Uses
Washington Canal Park will be the first public park built under the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative and promises to be an inviting area attraction and a model of sustainable development. The park will provide a green pedestrian link between Capitol Hill and the revitalized waterfront, creating a focal point for the area’s emerging high-density, mixed-use development that includes the new U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters and the Capper-Carrollsburg housing development. It will be a centerpiece of the Near Southeast waterfront neighborhood, where residents and visitors can enjoy the park’s many amenities and special events. The site once connected the Anacostia River to the U.S. Capitol and the Potomac River. The park’s design will reflect the historical significance of the area while protecting the Anacostia River from harmful runoff through a series of ponds that will use innovative technology to filter stormwater through sand. In 2004, the District of Columbia partnered with the National Endowment for the Arts to conduct an open design competition for the new park and received an overwhelming response from leading landscape designers across the country. A team of nationally recognized experts selected the winning design by landscape architects Gustafson Guthrie Nichol. AWC also negotiated a design contract with the architects that includes requirements for hiring local, small, and disadvantaged business enterprises (LSDBE) as contractors; ensuring public participation; and researching the history of the Washington Canal.