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What’s New in the Nation’s Capital

What's New in the Nation's Capital

Washington, DC is in the midst of a modern-day renaissance.

As international and American investment creates more game-changing developments, and as neighborhoods sprout new restaurants and attractions, DC is becoming even more exciting and event-worthy.


The Wharf
Phase 1 opening in October 2017
This $2 billion mixed-use development along the Washington Channel will sport 3.2 million square feet of hotel and retail space, along with waterfront parks, piers and promenades. Dining will emphasize local restauranteurs. A 140,000 square foot cultural center for conventions and concerts will have conference seating for 3,200, dinner seating for 1,200 and capacity for 6,000 general admission.

Phased opening in progress
Spread across 10 acres downtown near the convention center, CityCenterDC features a wealth of retail and dining options. Shops include Burberry, kate spade new york and Louis Vuitton, while restaurants like Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, DBGB Kitchen & Bar and Centrolina satisfy taste buds.

CityMarket at O
Phased opening in progress
Located in the historic Shaw neighborhood, CityMarket at O features 86,000 square feet of retail space, the lavish Cambria Suites Washington, DC and popular local gelato maker, Dolci Gelati. A 4,400-square-foot restaurant with an outdoor patio is still to come.

Square 450
Phase 1 in 2016, Phase 2 in 2017
Square 450 will be a combination of nearly a dozen historic buildings situated between New York Avenue and 7th and L streets in Mt. Vernon Square, adjacent to Walter E. Washington Convention Center and Mt. Vernon Square Metro (Green and Yellow lines). The development will include 420,000 rental square feet: 70,969 for retail, 349,031 for offices. Its mid-rise tower will consist of 10 levels above ground and three levels below for parking (over 300 spaces).

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Expansion
Opening 2018
The world-renowned DC venue will add 2,500 square feet of new performance space, 7,500 square feet of pre-function and event space, new art installations and digital advancements. Outside, utilize a new video wall, terrace for up to 1,600 people and a scenic walkway to the Potomac River and nearby monuments and memorials.

RFK Stadium Redevelopment
Project completion TBD
The main tenant of this 54-year-old property, D.C. United, plans to move to a new stadium in Buzzard Point. Events DC has tapped Brailsford & Dunlavey to assist in forming short-term and long-term plans for demolition and repurposing RFK, along with the surrounding 80 acres (including the D.C. Armory). RFK has a capacity of 45,000, while the D.C. Armory has 119,000 square feet of non-military space.


L’Enfant Plaza Hotel
Opening fall 2018
Situated near the Museum of the Bible (opening fall 2017) and the new International Spy Museum (opening spring 2018), this historic hotel will re-open completely restored, with 370 guestrooms, 21,000 square feet of meeting space and a grand ballroom that can accommodate up to 460 people.

The Wharf InterContinental
Opening fall 2017
The new Wharf development will be highlighted by this 278-room luxury hotel that will have a 12,000-square-foot ballroom, 17,000 square feet of meeting space on its second floor, a 5,000-square-foot rooftop lounge and 5,000 square feet of retail space.

Canopy by Hilton & Hyatt House at the Wharf
Opening fall 2017
This combined hotel concept will wow visitors of The Wharf with a 1,100-square-foot fitness center, 2,500 square feet of meeting space, a 10,000-square-foot lounge with views of the Potomac River and a rooftop bar. Canopy by Hilton expects 175 rooms, while the extended-stay Hyatt House will feature 238.

The Moxy
Opening January 2018
Adorned with 200 guest rooms and a rooftop lounge, this new hotel from Marriott International, Inc. will sport a chic aesthetic and economy pricing in the heart of downtown DC.

The Conrad Washington, DC
Opening spring 2019
Construction is underway at this Hilton Worldwide hotel, which will reside in downtown’s CityCenterDC. The luxury brand’s sixth hotel will sport roughly 360 guest rooms and 30,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space.


Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Opened Sept. 2016
The newest free museum on the National Mall is devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture, housed in an eight-story building featuring 12 exhibitions across 400,000 square feet. The museum also features the 300-seat Oprah Winfrey Theater, as well as an education and technology center on its second floor.

East Building at the National Gallery of Art
Re-opened Sept. 2016
After a three-year renovation, the East Building at the National Gallery of Art reopened with 12,250 square feet of additional exhibition space. The I.M. Pei-designed building also features a new rooftop sculpture garden that can hold up to 350 people, as well as large and small auditoriums.


The 23-mile Silver Line Metrorail extension is the largest expansion of the area’s Metrorail system in over 20 years. Phase 1, completed in 2014, included new stations in McLean, Tysons Corner and Reston. Phase 2, expected to be finished by 2020, will connect DC to Dulles International Airport.