By Elinor Bacon, The Wharf
It has been exciting for all of us to see the vision for Phase 2 of The Wharf becoming a reality. The individual elements of Phase 2 will be finished at different times during this year, and the project will be fully completed before the end of 2022.
We want to share with the community preliminary information about the opportunities that will be coming in housing and jobs, and we will continue to provide updates in the coming months. Please periodically check our website for the latest information, www.wharfdc.com.
Phase 2 will include the Pendry hotel and Amaris condominium. Between them will be The Tides, a mixed-income residential rental building with units ranging from studios to two-bedroom apartments. It is projected to be ready for initial tenant move-in this summer.
The Tides will offer 255 rental units total, with 119 market rate units and 136 affordable and workforce units for households earning between 30% and 120% of the Median Family Income (MFI). A total of 36 units are designated for 30% MFI, 26 units for 60% MFI, 50 units for 100% MFI and 24 units for 120% MFI. The building has a unique design that steps forward and back, mimicking the motion of the tides, which inspired the name. The apartment residence will offer more than 6,000 square feet of interior and exterior amenity space, including a fitness center, a conference room, a residential clubhouse featuring a double-sided fireplace, a wet bar and lounge seating that connects to an outdoor terrace with dining areas and grills, and bicycle storage in the garage. We are working in partnership with the DC Department of Housing and Community Development to finalize plans for affirmative marketing, outreach, lottery and lease-up of the affordable and workforce units. For more information, please register at www.TheTidesDC.com.
A significant number of jobs will be available with the opening of Phase 2, including at the Pendry Washington DC, a new luxury hospitality brand from Montage International, which will be located between the 670 Maine office building and The Tides apartments. It is projected to open in late summer, and the restaurants and retailers that will encircle all the Phase 2 buildings also will be hiring for a range of positions.
Hoffman-Madison Waterfront is working in collaboration with the DC Department of Employment Services, service providers, elected officials, the Southwest DC community and our partners in Wards 5, 6, 7, and 8, to maximize the outreach to all DC communities about these opportunities. Outreach will include at least one job fair to be held in the Southwest community later this spring.
Elinor Bacon has more than 40 years experience in housing, real estate development and community revitalization in both the public and private sectors. She established DC-based E.R. Bacon Development in 2002.