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7th Street Recreational Pier at The Wharf has been designed to bring residents to the water’s edge. Rendering: Hoffman-Madison Waterfront

7th Street Recreation Pier May Be Built Sooner

Hoffman-Madison Waterfront has submitted an application for Stage II PUD approval of 7th Street Recreational Pier, which was originally proposed to be built in Phase III of The Wharf but may now be developed during the initial phase, in concert with construction of 7th Street Park. The pier will be located at the terminus of Seventh Street SW, adjacent to the planned 7th Street Park, and is one of the four public piers planned for The Wharf.

7th Street Recreational Pier has been designed by Michael Vergason Landscape Architects and Moffatt & Nichol, according to the Zoning Commission application, as “a narrow quay for enjoying views of the water and the monuments, and will have a lower floating pier that can accommodate various rental activities and other water-based recreational programs.” On the upper portion of the pier, wooden benches, oversized swings, lighting, and a “fire feature” are planned. As designed the pier will gradually descend toward the water before rising to its terminus, 432 feet into the Washington Channel. Floating wetlands to the east of the pier will provide visual interest and environmental benefits. A large shade structure is planned for the area where the pier, wharf promenade, and 7th Street Park meet, which will include a gathering area and retail kiosk.

In order to build the pier during Phase I of construction, a revised transition plan needed to be developed, specifically for the live-aboards at Gangplank Marina. The revised plan shifts access to Gangplank Marina away from the construction zone of the pier and moves the live-aboards to a centralized location. ANC 6D will need to give its support before the pier design is taken up by the Zoning Commission. The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts approved the concept design in July.

Leasing Begins for Trophy Office Building

Leasing has commenced for 1000 Maine, an office building under construction at The Wharf, the development team announced. It will be a 250,000 square-foot trophy office building, designed by Kohn Pederson Fox and Fox Architects for LEED-Gold certification, with ground floor retail, a multi-story atrium, and panoramic views of the Washington Channel and monumental Washington. The office building is scheduled to deliver in 2017.

Hoffman-Madison Waterfront is looking to land a high-profile anchor tenant. According to a press release, quoting Amer Hammour, chairman of Madison Marquette, 1000 Maine offers “both extraordinary creative office space and the opportunity for classic customized space within a top-tier trophy building with dramatic floor plates.” It overlooks the Potomac River and offers “a full complement of outstanding amenities” and “creates a new benchmark in excellence for office design created to appeal to the most discerning national and global office tenants.”

Riverside Baptist Church Redevelopment Plan

Back in October, PN Hoffman presented plans at an Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6D meeting for a mixed-use development at the site of Riverside Baptist Church, located at Seventh Street and Maine Avenue SW. Plans call for a 164,000 square-foot rental apartment building of seven to nine stories on the north end of the site with approximately 170 units ranging in size from 450 to 1,500 square feet. There is space on the ground floor for community-serving uses such as a daycare center. On the south end of the site along Maine Avenue a new two-story sanctuary for Riverside will be built.

Some changes have been made to the design from Geier Brown Renfrow (GBR) Architects and Studios Architecture since the planned unit development application was filed several months ago. The top two floors of the apartment building are now slightly more transparent. The church’s design has also been revised to provide a richer level of materiality.

During the presentation Bao Vuong from PN Hoffman described the community benefits of the project, which includes –

  • A total of 10 percent of the gross building area will be set aside as affordable housing at various levels of area median income (AMI):
    • 2 percent for up to 50 percent of AMI
    • 6 percent for up to 80 percent of AMI
    • 2 percent for up to 100 percent of AMI
  • Along Seventh Street there will be 1,700 square feet of private space available for public use with bench seating, landscaping, and a water wall, which will serve as a gateway to The Wharf development to the south. 
  • The residential building will be constructed to achieve LEED-Gold status.
  • The intersection of Seventh and I streets will be reconfigured and simplified by removal of the median that currently exists, as well as the addition of more crosswalks and a parking lane on Seventh Street.
  • Residents of the apartment building will not be eligible for residential permit parking spaces.
  • A minimum of 6,900 square feet of space will be reserved for neighborhood-serving retail.
  • The developer will work with a resident group to determine which neighborhood-serving uses should be placed on the ground floor. A $25,000 set-aside will help subsidize a daycare operator or other tenant type chosen by the resident group.
  • Residents have requested that the developer install a dog park within the property to minimize the presence of dogs in the surrounding neighborhood. PN Hoffman is exploring the idea of placing a dog run on the roof of the apartment building.

The commissioners voted unanimously to support the conceptual public space design, but deferred support of the consolidated PUD until their November meeting. The reason for the delay was that the commissioners wanted PN Hoffman to draft a construction management plan for the development since it is located across the street from Jefferson Academy and AppleTree’s temporary home. AppleTree used to have facilities at Riverside and Amidon-Bowen, but moved to trailers on Jefferson’s campus last year. In addition, there was some concern among the commissioners about whether a one-time $25,000 subsidy would be sufficient to allow low-income children to use the proposed daycare facility.

The commissioners voted to support the PUD application. The Zoning Commission met on Nov. 30 to consider the PUD, which resulted in PN Hoffman’s needing to have additional meetings to resolve issues with the neighboring Townhouse Management I association, an opponent of the PUD. Other issues to be resolved include having units on the penthouse level and the planned number of affordable units. After PN Hoffman addresses these issues the Zoning Commission will meet in January to vote on the PUD application.

A new sanctuary for Riverside Baptist Church will rise from Maine Avenue SW. Rendering: PN Hoffman

William Rich is a blogger at Southwest … The Little Quadrant that Could (

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