Southwest Waterfront


SITUATED AT THE CONFLUENCE OF THE POTOMAC AND THE ANACOSTIA RIVERS and directly adjacent to the National Mall, the Southwest Waterfront beckons new residents and visitors with ten world-class museums, seven performance venues, and a rapidly expanding food and cultural scene thanks to the opening of The Wharf. Over the last decade, the population within a half-mile increased 36%, and hundreds of new residential units are underway.

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Waterfront Station

Initial phases of this 2.5 million SF mixed-use project at the heart of the Southwest Waterfront neighborhood have already opened, including 500,000 SF of office space, 90,000 SF of retail/restaurant space (anchored by a 55,000 SF Safeway grocery store), and 900 apartments. Another 1,000 apartments and 60,000 SF of retail space, including a black box theater and a new community center, remain in the pipeline.

Neighborhood Growth

  • Redevelopment of the Randall School will result in 489 multifamily units, a 31,800 SF art gallery, and 18,000 SF for additional uses once Museum Place arrives in 2022.
  • The new 22,000 SF Southwest Library delivered this year, while Jefferson Academy’s 2020 renovation nearly doubled the middle school’s capacity from
  • 305 to 540 students.
    555 E Street delivered the District’s first 252-key CitizenM hotel, 194 rental apartments, and 10,500 SF of retail space in 2020.
  • The Kiley (600 4th Street, SW) delivered an eight-story, 315-unit rental apartment building, including 20 duplex units on the 1st floor, in Q2 2021.
  • At 400 I Street, the Westminster Presbyterian Church will undergo redevelopment to produce 222 units, including 123 affordable senior rentals, plus a new 18,500 SF church in 2024.

Top Local Industries

61,004 Total Area Employment

  • Public Administration: 49%
  • Professional, Scientific & Technical Services: 16%
  • Arts, Entertainment & Recreation: 8%