In the past few years, the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail has transformed into a 20-mile trail with various points of recreation and new transportation options, connecting Washington D.C. and Maryland. Now, the expanding waterfront trail will be home to a mixed-use development slated to feature 80,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space and more than 450 apartment units.

  • Akridge and Western Development Corporation spearhead development of the former U.S. Coast Guard headquarters at Buzzard Point for the project, named Riverpoint.
  • Riverpoint will feature more than 450 apartment units, 80,000 square feet of retail and residential space and riverfront amenities and recreation.
  • Nearby Anacostia Riverwalk Trail is host to 20 miles of trails connecting Washington D.C. and Maryland, offering a water-based lifestyle for residents and visitors.

In the past few years, the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail has transformed into a 20-mile trail with various points of recreation and new transportation options, connecting Washington D.C. and Maryland.

Now, the expanding waterfront trail will be home to a mixed-use development slated to feature 80,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space and more than 450 apartment units.

The building will be banking the riverfront, adding in aquatic resources and activities, including floating restaurants and brand new piers.

buzzard point plans

Rendering from Buzzard Point plan

Named Riverpoint, the development is located at 2100 Second St., SW in the former location of the U.S. Coast Guard headquarters at Buzzard Point. Buzzard Point, the peninsula at the intersection of the Potomac and Anacostia rivers, is also the location of the new D.C. United Stadium.

Riverpoint will join the likes of The Wharf and the Ballpark District developments, helping to boost the growth and attractiveness of the area.

“Just as Akridge and Western did so well at Gallery Place, at Riverpoint, we will create a place that brings people to a unique spot in D.C. — the confluence of the Anacostia and Potomac rivers — to enjoy great food, listen to music and relax at the water’s edge,” Herb Miller, chairman of Western Development Corporation, said in a statement.

Gallery Place is a blend of shopping, dining, entertainment and residential units in Chinatown.

Buzzard Point redevelopment

As it sits today, Buzzard Point is far from the definition of vibrant. The plot of land is undeveloped and bare, but the Buzzard Point Vision Framework + Implementation Plan paints a whole new picture of the space.

With the area’s unique position, the opportunity for growth is deep. Planners say the area’s history will be kept slightly intact throughout the public spaces, keeping the “elements of the industrial era, such as the PEPCO electrical facilities, for the foreseeable future,” according to the plan.

The plan is constructed as a mixed-use, walkable neighborhood with ample public spaces and parks. Over the next 10 to 15 years, developers hope the space will guide future growth and encourage comprehensive transit development.

Email Kimberly Manning

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