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With $11.2 billion in development projects in progress, major openings and renovations continue to enliven Washington, DC in 2019 and beyond.
The 2.2 million-square-foot (about 204,390 meters) LEED sustainable development creates three new city blocks (seven acres) between Union Station and Capital One Arena, atop the I-395 Center Leg Freeway near the National Building Museum. The mixed-use $1.3 billion development has begun opening in phases with a final completion date scheduled for 2022. capitolcrossingdc.com
The REACH at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The REACH will add 2,500-square-feet (approx. 230 square meters) of new performance space, 7,500-square-feet (approx. 700 square meters) of pre-function and event space with new art installations and digital enhancements as well as a terrace for up to 1,600 people and a pedestrian bridge over the parkway. It opens Sept. 7, 2019 with 16-day festival. reach.kennedy-center.org
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In downtown DC’s Mount Vernon Square, a $122.5 million mega-complex is being erected across from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and Apple’s new flagship store that opened at Carnegie Library. The mixed-use development incorporates 15 historic buildings from the turn of the last century, including one 880-ton building that was moved 34 feet.
A 20,000-square foot (about 1860 square meters) Latin market, food hall and cultural exhibition space opens two blocks from Union Market, DC’s largest indie food incubator, this fall in the NoMa neighborhood. La Cosecha is designed to mix entrepreneurs, artisans, designers and chefs in one gathering place to spotlight DC’s resident and international Latin communities. Visitors will walk through flower stalls to enter. In the center, find a plaza for mixing, eating and performances. unionmarketdc.com/retailer/la-cosecha
Dulles Metrorail Project – Silver Line
Construction continues on the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, connecting Washington Dulles International Airport to downtown DC. Dulles Metro Station will be linked to the main terminal by a 300-meter pedestrian tunnel. Known as the Silver Line, the extension is operated by the Metropolitan Washington Area Transit Authority and is expected to open in 2020. dullesmetro.com
Reagan National Airport’s Project Journey
Construction of two new security checkpoints with 28 additional screening lanes and a new 14-gate concourse is in full swing at Reagan National Airport. The $1 billion investment will help with passenger safety, security and efficiency. The checkpoints and concourse with jet bridges and concessions are scheduled to open in 2021. flyreagan.com/dca/project-journey
The National Park Service, along with the District of Columbia and the DowntownDC Business Improvement District, will do an extensive renovation of the 4.8-acre park that includes a new café, children’s garden, lighting, and trees, along with improvements to the landscaping, central plaza and fountain. Construction is anticipated to begin by the end of the year.
Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial
The memorial will span four acres between the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and the Department of Education, honoring the 34th president of the U.S. Featuring one-of-a-kind stainless-steel tapestry and heroic-sized bronze sculptures, the memorial is slated for dedication on May 8, 2020 – the 75th anniversary of V-E Day. eisenhowermemorial.org
Jefferson Memorial Roof Restoration
The National Park Service has begun a 15-month project to restore the roofs, repair the stone, and clean the marble at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. While some areas will be inaccessible, the memorial will remain open for the duration of the project until the expected completion in May 2020.
Lincoln Memorial Rehabilitation
The National Park Service has begun a $25 million renovation of the 95-year-old memorial, adding new services and design to enhance the visitor experience, including activating the space below the monument. Completion is expected prior to the centennial of the Lincoln Memorial’s dedication in 2022.
National Native American Veterans Memorial
Construction continues on the memorial located on the grounds of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Indian with an opening scheduled for November 2020. americanindian.si.edu/nnavm
National World War I Memorial
The United States World War One Centennial Commission began construction on a dedicated U.S. WWI Memorial in November. The memorial commemorates the 100th anniversary of the war’s end and honors the 4.7 million servicemen and women. It is scheduled to be completed in late 2021 in Pershing Park across from The Willard InterContinental Hotel. worldwar1centennial.org
The 555-foot tall (about 169 meters) iconic obelisk is expected to reopen in August 2019 with a new elevator system and visitor experience as part of a $10.8 million project.
11th Street Bridge Park
Washington, DC’s first elevated public park is under construction on the piers of the old 11th Street Bridge spanning the Anacostia River. Visitors and locals will enjoy an amphitheater, picnic gardens, interactive art and waterfalls among many other attractions and events that help create a public gathering space. Construction is expected to start in 2021 with the park opening in 2023. bridgepark.org
Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge
The District is investing $480 million to replace the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge, its largest infrastructure project to date. Projected to open end of 2021, the bridge will provide more connectivity across the Anacostia River and will include public space as well as bike and pedestrian lanes. newfrederickdouglassbridge.com