New York City has the South Street Seaport. Los Angeles has the Santa Monica Pier. San Francisco has Fisherman’s Wharf. Now we can add Washington, D.C.’s The Wharf to the list.
The Wharf is a $2.5 billion 3.2 million square-foot redevelopment of the Southwest Waterfront, once a bustling commercial district that has languished since at least the 1960s.
The development, which broke ground in 2014, is intended to change that. Filled with shops, restaurants, hotels, and apartment buildings, the development hopes to create a hip neighborhood just 20 minutes walking-distance from the National Mall.
We took a walk through the new development on a recent trip to Washington, D.C. to see what all the fuss is about.
The Wharf is located in Southwest D.C. It’s about a 20 minute walk to the National Mall and the Washington Monument. Not bad if you work in downtown D.C.
Phase 1 of the redevelopment opened in October. It includes more than 20 restaurants and bars, tons of shops, multiple condo buildings, and a couple hotels. There’s a lot going on.
It’s an easy enough place to drive to. The complex has an underground parking garage that can currently fit 1500 cars. Eventually that will expand to 2500.
I took the elevator up through The Channel, one of the neighborhood’s four new apartment complexes. The Channel is situated directly above the area’s new concert venue.