At tonight’s ANC 6D meeting, representatives from Hoffman-Madison Waterfront provided an update on progress at The Wharf. Construction began in April on phase one, which covers the area from 7th Street to the Maine Avenue Fish Market. Following is a summary of the latest on construction:
Demolition is about 75% complete along the 700 to 900 block of Water Street, including Zanzibar, the Kastles Stadium site, and Phillips Flagship. Work on the marina side is eight weeks ahead of schedule with piles completed for the new Capital Yacht Club and work underway for the Transit Pier and District Pier. About 8-10 piles are driven into the Washington Channel per week, with about 130 piles needed to complete pier construction.
Meanwhile, demolition will begin later this month at St. Augustine’s Church and a large storm drain will be relocated before construction begins in late October to early November on a 108-unit condo building. Construction of the new church will begin in early 2015 and Waterfront Park will begin construction in the spring of 2015. The church and park will be completed around the same time – the first quarter of 2016. The large Copper Beech tree on the church’s property will be relocated to the site of the Maine Lobsterman statue in the future Waterfront Park to the south. The statue will be put in storage until phase one of The Wharf is complete and will be reinstalled near the Maine Avenue Fish Market.
The former Channel Inn will soon be the temporary home for the Capital Yacht Club, The Wharf’s marketing center, space for master planner Perkins Eastman, the construction office for Clark, and the corporate offices for PN Hoffman and Madison Marquette. In addition, the cafeteria space will be converted to a café operated by the proprietors of Jenny’s Asian Fusion restaurant. Jenny’s Asian Fusion will close on September 28 from its current location on the waterfront and will relocate to a smaller café space at the Channel Inn sometime in December.
Over by the fish market, a new parking lot will open by mid-October, which should alleviate some of the parking issues on the east side closer to the Channel Inn. Also, pedestrian and bike access will soon be diverted from the south side of Maine Avenue to the north side between 7th and 9th streets. The construction team will soon begin posting weekly updates of their traffic control plan.