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Dock 79/Florida Rock/RiverFront on the Anacostia
25 and 79 Potomac Ave., SE

Four-phase waterfront site on about six acres; in development since the 1990s
Construction of 9-story, 305-unit residential building "Dock 79" begun late 2014, delivery expected Fall 2016; 15,266 sq ft retail
Phase 2 planned as 13-story, 253-unit residential building with 12,500 sq ft retail;
Phase 3 planned as 12-story, 313,705-sq-ft office building with 11,500 sq ft retail;
Phase 4 planned as 14-story, 261,760-sq-ft building (type undecided) with 12,610 sq ft retail;
Announced Dock 79 Retail Tenants: The Salt Line (2017), All-Purpose Pizzeria (2017);

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F1rst/Residence Inn ('17)
One Hill South ('17)
Homewood Suites ('16)
ORE 82 ('16)
The Bixby ('16)
Dock 79 ('16)
Community Center ('16)
The Brig ('16)
Park Chelsea ('16)
Yards/Arris ('16)
Hampton Inn ('15)
Southeast Blvd. ('15)
11th St. Bridges ('15)
Parc Riverside ('14)
Twelve12/Yards ('14)
Lumber Shed ('13)
Boilermaker Shops ('13)
Camden South Capitol ('13)
Canal Park ('12)
Capitol Quarter ('12)
225 Virginia/200 I ('12)
Foundry Lofts ('12)
1015 Half Street ('10)
Yards Park ('10)
Velocity Condos ('09)
Teague Park ('09)
909 New Jersey Ave. ('09)
55 M ('09)
100 M ('08)
Onyx ('08)
70/100 I ('08)
Nationals Park ('08)
Seniors Bldg Demo ('07)
400 M ('07)
Douglass Bridge Fix ('07)
US DOT HQ ('07)
20 M ('07)
Capper Seniors 1 ('06)
Capitol Hill Tower ('06)
Courtyard/Marriott ('06)
Marine Barracks ('04)
July 16, 2016 - Rendering filed with the Zoning Commission in July 2016 showing both the all-but-completed 305-unit Dock 79 residential building at right and the design for its 253-unit sibling.
August 18, 2016 - The main entrance to Dock 79.
  Oct. 16, 2016 - Dock 79, completed.
  Oct. 16, 2016 - The new public plaza on the east end of the site, with a familiar neighbor just to the north.
  Oct. 16, 2016 - The new portion of the Anacostia Riverwalk that opened in front of Dock 79 in fall, 2016.
  Oct. 16, 2016 - The public plaza's built-in tables, handy for carry out from the restaurants that will sprouting in 2017.
  Oct. 16, 2016 - Another view of the plaza.
June 2008 - The Florida Rock site, as seen from the southeast viewing platform at Nationals Park in June 2008. The concrete plant eventually closed, and the tower was demolished in late 2011.
May 28, 2016 - A slightly fisheyed panorama showing the same location nearly eight years later, with construction nearing completion.
August 18, 2016 - The Dock 79 lobby, not long after the first residents began moving in. For more interior photos, see this gallery.
August 18, 2016 - The common area for residents. For more interior photos, see this gallery.
August 18, 2016 - A little bit of inspiration when working out.
August 2005 - The "Florida Rock" property as seen from the Frederick Douglass Bridge in August 2005. Click to see all available photos of this location.
Feb. 26, 2017 - The same view more than a decade later, with Dock 79 completed, the Bardo beer garden newly opened, and with something else kind of different, too.Click to see all available photos of this location.
Dock 79, Sliding from to January 2008 to April 2016

At 1st Street and Potomac Avenue, SE, the old concrete plant known as Florida Rock stood until November 2011. Now, the Dock 79 apartment building construction looms over what will be a new public plaza connected to Diamond Teague Park.
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August 18, 2016 - Between Dock 79 and the planned 71 Potomac residential building will be "Florida Rock Alley," a pedestrian and vehicular passageway. It is also where the shared bikes for residents of Dock 79 are parked.
  Oct. 16, 2016 - The reverse view, showing the current western end of the Anacostia Riverwalk, with some steps that are made for sitting and taking in the view of the river.
  Oct. 16, 2016 - The aforementioned steps, and the aforementioned view.
July 16, 2016 - A rendering showing the design for 71 Potomac Avenue, the project's second phase. Dock 79 is at far left.
  July 16, 2016 - The planned four phases of the RiverFront redevelopment, with Phase I's Dock 79 almost completed and Phase 2 now underway. Note that the two latter phases are dependent on the demolition of the existing Douglass Bridge.
Jan. 2, 2016 - A different view of the project's waterfront visage, as seen from Yards Park, with Old Town Alexandria visible downriver at far left (and the moon at upper right, to boot!).
Dec. 24, 2006 - The 6-acre Florida Rock site, as seen from the Douglass Bridge, with the concrete plant still in operation and with Nats Park under construction just to its rear. The concrete plant eventually closed, and the tower was demolished in late 2011.
Oct. 16, 2016 - The same view nearly ten years later, with Dock 79 and the plaza completed.
March 2005 - Looking at the RiverFront property from across the Anacostia River, at Poplar Point; the riverfront bulkhead marks the property's boundaries.
Feb. 27, 2016 - The same view, more than a decade later.
Nov. 25, 2011 - My last shot of the Florida Rock concrete tower, taken from the new Yards/Teague connector bridge just as demolition was getting underway. The Anacostia Riverwalk Trail will continue into and all along the RiverFront site. (11/25/11)
April 16, 2016 - And the same view more than years later, with Dock 79 nearing completion.
A blurry overhead view of what we now call the Florida Rock site, taken in April 1973. From the National Archives. (4/1973)
Jan. 1, 2015 - The TV coverage of the NHL Winter Classic at Nationals Park helpfully provided this overhead view of the footprint for current construction, at right.
March 29, 2015 - The entire Florida Rock site is nearly six acres, and the later/western phrases of the site's redevelopment aren't expected to proceed until after a new Douglass Bridge is built and the current one is demolished, since it sits on some of the Florida Rock property. In the meantime, there have been a couple of attempts to use the westernmost two acres of the site, including a 2015 plan for a "brew garden" and neighborhood park, though problems getting a liquor license scuttled all of them.
Dec. 9, 2014 - The ceremonial groundbreaking for the Phase 1 apartment building was held in a cold rain, but there was no shortage of VIPs wielding shovels. (See more photos from the event.)
Looking eastward on Potomac Avenue from the Frederick Douglass Bridge viaduct in April 2006, a little more than a year before the overpass was demolished; RiverFront lines the entire right/south side of the street. (04/06)
A very similar view to the one at left, but focused more on the RiverFront property itself, just after its fences were taken down to prepare for the pre-ballpark widening of Potomac Avenue. (07/07) Click to see all available photos of this location.

Note: The renderings below are from the designs approved for the site in 2008. However, in 2011, the site's developers began the process of returning to the Zoning Commission to seek approvals for changes to the site's design, with a new architect. So the renderings you see here are, for now, merely interesting for a general sense of the site and for historical purposes.
A January 2008 rendering of the 5.8-acre, four-building RiverFront project, as seen from the Anacostia River, with Nationals Park a strong presence just to its northeast. A hotel, two office buildings, a residential building, a riverfront esplanade, a glass-enclosed retail galleria, and a public plaza are all parts of this 1.1-million-square-foot proposal. This site map shows the January 2008 revised design and layout, with the Nationals ballpark to the north, and to the left/west the eventual revised configuration of South Capitol Street (running in a traffic oval at the foot of a new Frederick Douglass Bridge).
A January 2008 rendering of the eastern edge of the project, looking from Diamond Teague Park and Piers back toward the public plaza and the grand staircase of the ballpark.
Working from right to left, here are some additional details:
  • A public plaza on the far eastern edge of the project would complement Diamond Teague Park on its eastern side, helping to pull stadium-goers to the Anacostia riverfront and the Riverwalk esplanade.
  • The eastern office building would be smaller than in previous designs, but would have much more ground-floor retail.
  • To the west of the east office building would be "Potomac Quay", highlighted by a glass-enclosed 365-day-a-year galleria-type atrium. There would be ground-floor retail on both sides of the quay, and also a two-story destination restaurant on the south end of the Quay; a "watercourse" with fountains would run into and through the atrium.
  • The residential, hotel, and west office buildings are now curved around the "Piazza Cascade", where an oval drive connecting the lobbies of the three buildings surrounds a large water feature.
  • The Riverwalk and Esplanade remain unchanged from previous designs, with a depth of no less than 75 feet and with a bike path separated from the pedestrian areas.
    Construction of the project's eastern end (the eastern office building with ground-floor retail, the public plaza, and perhaps the glass-enclosed galleria) is slated to be first, with zoning approvals having been finally received (after 10 years of winding through the system) in 2008. Phase II would be the 160-unit residential building, and at the same time the underground parking and loading for the rest of the project would be built. Phase III would be the western office building, followed by the Phase IV hotel. The final two phases could not start until the new Frederick Douglass Bridge is built, since the old bridge is on the western edge of the RiverFront property.
  • A December 2007 rendering, looking west on Potomac Avenue from First Street, showing RiverFront's northern side, facing the ballpark. The building at left is the east office building, which would be RiverFront's first phase of construction. The plaza at far left would flow into the city's planned Diamond Teague Park. The rendering also shows the ground-floor retail planned for all spaces along Potomac Avenue.
    A January 2008 rendering showing the western end of the development, which will border a new large traffic oval at the intersection of South Capitol Street and Potomac Avenue, when the new Douglass Bridge has been built to the south of the current one, which will be demolished. The westernmost portion of RiverFront in fact can't be built until the new Douglass Bridge is done and the old one removed, because the old bridge sits on part of the development's footprint. From left in this rendering you see the east office building, a sliver of the residential building, the west office building prominently at center, and the hotel at far right.
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