Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Construction Update - The Wharf

It's been a little more than a year since a groundbreaking ceremony was held at The Wharf along the Southwest Waterfront. Since then, the site has been a hive of activity, with demolition, utility work, pile driving, parking lot construction, new streetlights, dock rebuilding, and other waterside activities. Now, excavation at The Wharf is now well underway. Below are a few photos:

District Pier
Cranes dominate the skyline

Seawall is still under construction 

View south from Case Bridge

In dining news, the Washington Business Journal revealed last week that several celebrity chefs are planning to open restaurants in the first phase of The Wharf. From the article:
Restaurant Eve chef/owner Cathal Armstrong said earlier this month that he has a preliminary agreement to open an Asian-focused restaurant there. Now...he could be joined by "Top Chef" alums Mike Isabella and Bryan Voltaggio along with Robert Wiedmaier, Philadelphia restaurateur Stephen Starr, Fiola phenom Fabio Trabocchi, Hank’s Oyster Bar’s Jamie Leeds, Jackie Greenbaum of Jackie’s and El Chucho, and the Hilton brothers.
The first phase of The Wharf is scheduled to open in the fall of 2017.


Anonymous said...

Pretty sure that the three cranes nearest Maine Avenue are putting up blue tower cranes!

For those interested in putting their money behind this project's public spaces, OCFO says that it will issue municipal bonds in or after July. The bonds will be repaid from PILOT fees paid by the developers, and secondarily from TIF revenues from downtown.

AMK said...

This is exciting restaurant news. I've been worried that The Wharf might be overtaken by generic national chain restaurants.

Is there any word on what will happen to Cantina Marina? I'm guessing it's unlikely, but I would love it if there were some way to preserve that beloved, laid-back neighborhood spot even after all the shiny new places arrive.

MVC said...

Cantina Marina is expected to operate as is, based on my understanding and reading of the plans.