The Anacostia Waterfront Corporation
has posted the draft summary of its Ballpark District Urban Development Strategy
(PDF). This is an important document that should be read by anyone interested in the development plans around the stadium. It defines the Ballpark District as 60 acres surrounding the baseball stadium site
, including the two blocks north
of the stadium site, the western portion of the Southeast Federal Center
, a few acres of the WASA site
, the Florida Rock
site, and additional land at the foot of South Capitol Street
(currently owned by Douglas Jemal). The document describes its vision for a "vibrant mixed-use waterfront district":
· Shops, and restaurants and entertainment venues along Half Street, First Street and the Anacostia River;
· An engaging pedestrian environment with strong linkages to and along the waterfront;
· Major public gathering spaces along Half Street, at the ballpark, and at the foot of First Street at the river;
· A grand promenade along the Anacostia River and Potomac Avenue;
· Upper-level offices, hotel rooms and housing that create a diverse population of residents, workers and visitors; and
· A state-of-the-art ballpark that contributes to the life and identity of the neighborhood.
In all, the AWC envisions 465,000-785,000 sq ft of retail and restaurant uses, 350,000-1.6 million sq ft of office space; 1,900,000 to 3,600,000 sq ft (1570 to 2980 units) of housing; and 7,000 to 8,000 parking spaces. (We also find out that the traffic circle being planned as the terminus for the new South Capitol Street Bridge will be called "Potomac Circle.") Vision documents are wonderful things, I look forward to living long enough to see what the reality actually ends up being :-).