Above is a rendering of street-level retail that could be developed along 10th Street at the Forrestal complex, from the Monumental Core Framework Plan.
There would also be infill development at privately-owned L’Enfant Plaza and at the U.S. Postal Service headquarters, both of which flank 10th Street. Southwest…TLQTC did a post back in February showing some preliminary renderings of what new construction developer JBG has planned at L’Enfant Plaza. Along the east side of 10th Street, their plans call for two new office buildings. Originally, the National Children’s Museum was to go on the site, but now that museum will be built at National Harbor in Prince George’s County. In addition, JBG has plans for an extended-stay hotel on D Street and an apartment building in the air-rights above 9th Street. The redevelopment of the U.S. Postal Service HQ would likely come later in the process. Perhaps at the intersection of 10th Street and Maryland Avenue, there could be a monument honoring Benjamin Banneker. (The rendering at the top of this post is a south view of the redeveloped 10th Street, looking towards Banneker Overlook, from the Monumental Core Framework Plan.)
At the southern end of 10th Street, Banneker Overlook could support a cultural institution or major memorial. A water feature of some sort would remain and a grand staircase would lead down to the Southwest Waterfront, where PN Hoffman and Struever Brothers have big plans of their own.
Above is a rendering of the vista of the Southwest Waterfront from Banneker Overlook, from the Monumental Core Framework Plan.
Other aspects of the framework plan call for restoring Maryland Avenue as a grand boulevard in the same vein as its sister street – Pennsylvania Avenue, as well as reconnecting streets by decking over freeways and rail tracks that cut through the neighborhood. However, the 10th Street transformation is seen as a top priority. In today's Washington Business Journal, it was reported that the Federal City Council, a group of influential city leaders, has thrown their weight behind the 10th Street plan and have called it a priority for connecting the National Mall with the SW Waterfront. The next step, according to the Council, would be to do a feasibility study of the 10th Street corridor.