Poplar Point Master Plan

Washington, DC

Quick Facts: 

Client: Redbrick LMD

Market: Public/Civic

Size: 110 acres

Services: Planning

Photographer: Jessica Marcotte

This master plan was prepared for a Washington, DC, developer and was stimulated by the agreement between the District of Columbia and the National Park Service, giving the District control of the redevelopment of 110 acres along the Anacostia River. The challenge was to create a livable and meaningful mixed use development in an area of Anacostia that currently has no context. The design solution focused on the creation of a new arts district anchored on the water by a private modern art museum and a public exhibition building.

The main street from the water is a spine of curated retail creating “Gallery Row” leading to an open triangular space called “Gallery Square” where arts fairs and other outdoor events can occur. The master plan assumes development of 40 acres from the 110 acres total.

The program includes predominantly office space and multifamily residential both rental and for sale. Sites are reserved for hotels as well.

Additional uses include an artist work-live building and a reserve for academic institutions. The project includes additional public spaces including Metro Plaza outside the metro station. Part of the transportation network of the project includes a water taxi stop with a multimodal facility on the water.