Spearheading Public-Private Partnership

District Wharf is a model public-private partnership that began more than a decade ago. Once Phase 2 is completed, it will stretch across almost one mile of waterfront on 24 acres of land, encompassing more than 3 million square feet of residential, retail, commercial, hotel, cultural, and public space and more than 50 acres of water—making it the largest planned unit development (PUD) in the history of Washington, DC.

The project’s principal public partner is the District’s Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED). The list of public and private stakeholders that have reviewed the project is extensive—more than a dozen entities at the District and regional levels alone. Gaining approval of The Wharf plan required building consensus in the halls of Congress, in the Council of the District of Columbia, and in the local Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANC) and Southwest neighborhood, including more than 750 community meetings.

This public review and approval process was critical to achieving the best possible program and design, and maintaining a powerful core vision during the creation of a project that balanced public and private stakeholder objectives.

The Wharf’s partnership continues to evolve as we work with city officials and community groups to create more opportunities to benefit the residents and visitors of Washington, DC.


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Browse the Shops

Whether you’re looking for something specific or simply like to spend a few hours in our unique collection of stores, chances are you’ll find just what you’re looking for at our shops at The Wharf. And, of course, you can always treat yourself to a delicious dessert—or celebrate your shopping finds with a drink at one of our restaurants.

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Get Your Fill at The Wharf

Fresh seafood is a given at DC’s Southwest Waterfront. But The Wharf offers more, including a wide selection of distinctive choices for food, drinks, and entertainment while you eat. Watch the chefs prepare your meal. Listen to live music. Or just people-watch while you savor the flavors of The Wharf.

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