After years of preparation, the final phase of The Wharf opens in southwest Washington, DC on Wednesday.
The final phase will complete the waterfront promenade that opened in 2017 and transform the area into a destination for locals and tourists alike. The new part of The Wharf will include more restaurants, a fourth hotel and three office buildings.
“It was incredible, we had seven million visitors here last year,” said Wharf developer Monty Hoffman.
New restaurants in the development include Blank Street Coffee, Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips, Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen, Kinfolk Southern Kitchen, Limani, Milk & Honey and Slice of Matchbox.
The fourth hotel along The Wharf is the Pendry, a boutique luxury hotel with two restaurants and a bar. Other new buildings include the Amaris condos, The Atlantic’s headquarters, and the 670 and 680 office buildings in Maine.
One of the most exciting parts of the new update, Hoffman said, is the access the public will now have along the waterfront from The Wharf to Buzzard Point. It also includes a new fountain made of marble from the same quarry as the headstones at Arlington National Cemetery. The Wharf tweeted.
“We’ve extended Wharf Street all the way to Fort McNair so for the first time you can travel by water from the Jefferson Memorial to Buzzards Point, which is pretty exciting,” Hoffman said.
Phase 2 will include more than a dozen new restaurants, a new luxury hotel and waterfront residential units. News4’s Mark Segraves reports.
Transport and parking facilities are another part of The Wharf’s development considerations. The waterfront destination is currently accessible by water taxi, car, subway, and shuttle bus.
“I think hopefully Circulator buses and these parts will continue to evolve to bring people here,” Hoffman said.
The wharf development has been noticed by other cities, including Baltimore officials, looking to remodel the Inner Harbor.
County officials said they hope Congress will take note of the Wharf’s success when considering whether to give DC the rights to develop another waterfront property.
“Not only does it serve as a great model for what happened at The Wharf and what might happen elsewhere in the district, but it could also be the model for RFK,” John Falcicchio, DC’s Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development said.
The Wharf celebrates its fifth year and the completion of the precinct with Borough Directors on Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm