The Wharf Celebrates Waterfront Completion, 5th Anniversary


The Wharf’s developers, Hoffman-Madison Waterfront, celebrated two milestones on Oct. 12: The fifth anniversary of The Wharf’s grand opening and the substantial completion of the waterfront development that extends from the Municipal Fish Market to Fort McNair. Since its opening on Oct. 12, 2017, “The Wharf, one of the country’s most innovative and vibrant waterfront neighborhoods, has reestablished Washington, D.C., as a true waterfront city,” the partnership announced.

At the Oct. 12 celebration, Monty Hoffman, founder and chairman of Hoffman & Associates, said: “Bringing the vision for The Wharf to life was only possible because of our longstanding partnership with the District of Columbia and all the dedicated people who believed in what this waterfront could become. The Wharf is for everybody. It’s a place where people connect with each other — to live, to work, to dine, and to celebrate. The waterfront, food and music may be the catalysts, but it’s the millions of visitors who create their own authentic experience. And today, we celebrate the opening of The Wharf’s final phase and making D.C. a true waterfront city.”

“A decade after my bill was signed into law setting us on this path, The Wharf has become a vibrant waterfront community,” said Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.). “Today’s celebration of The Wharf’s completion solidifies D.C. as a true waterfront city with unparalleled public offerings. It is my great pleasure to thank Monty Hoffman, Amer Hammour, the team from Hoffman-Madison Waterfront and all the community partners for their dedication and work on this visionary project.”

“Since we opened The Wharf five years ago, it has become a place for residents and visitors alike to come together, shop and dine out, and enjoy our city’s waterfront,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “Today, we’re celebrating even more jobs, housing, and opportunity for D.C. residents and businesses. And we’re celebrating Washington, D.C., as a world-class waterfront city.”

Spanning more than 3.5 million square feet, the Southwest D.C. neighborhood is filled with stunning architecture, prime residential and retail space and exceptional culinary and entertainment options. 

The Wharf is home to four hotels, including D.C.’s first Pendry hotel, more than 1,400 residential units across four apartment residences and three condominium buildings, 1,000,000 square feet of office space, along with rooftops, piers, promenades and green spaces that offer views of the water and monumental D.C. There are three live music venues and more than 85 dining and shopping concepts.

Retail space across the waterfront neighborhood is 94-percent leased. New dining and retail options will be opening on a rolling basis starting this fall.

In celebration of these milestones, The Wharf is kicking off nine months of community events and experiences featuring performances by D.C. artists and neighborhood favorites. The Wharf has become known for public events, such as the District’s Holiday Boat Parade, Bloomaroo at the Home of the Cherry Blossoms, Mardi Gras Parade at The Wharf, Oktoberfest and Running of the Chihuahuas Family Fun Day.

Mayor Muriel Bowser at the Oct. 12 celebration of The Wharf. Photo by Bill Starrels.

Monty Hoffman, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Alan Fuerstman and Amer Hammour at The Wharf’s fifth anniversary and completion celebration on Oct. 12. Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for The Wharf, Washington, D.C.

Students from Amidon-Bowen Elementary School on Eye Street SW performed at the Oct. 12 event, singing “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” and other songs. Photo by Bill Starrels.

Gordon Ramsay’s new place will have a soft opening. Photo by Bill Starrels.

The Afro-Brazillian band, Batalá Washington, marched down the walkway to mark the completion of Phase 2 of The Wharf. Photo by Bill Starrels.

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