BUZZARD POINT \ CAPITOL GATEWAY MASTERPLAN

Washington, D.C.

The District of Columbia Office of Planning, as part of their Vision 2020 program, set a 30 year goal for the redevelopment of the 130 acre industrial area located next to historic Fort McNair at the confluence of the Washington Channel and Anacostia River. Davis Buckley Architects and Planners' (DBA) master plan, commissioned by a group of property owners, extends the city’s street grid to the waterfront where a series of recreational spaces are linked. Large urban parks serve as the centerpieces for the proposed 25,000,000 square foot major urban center. Within a comprehensive urban design plan, the study area is arranged into three subcategories: the Metro impact area (MIA), the Douglass Bridge impact area (DBIA) and the Housing Priority Area (HPA). These three divisions were established for their proximity to Metrorail and future capacity of existing roadway arteries.

The design recognizes historic Fort McNair as the single most important urban design precedent for establishing land-use geometries. Open air parks take center stage while Potomac Avenue is eliminated and the existing rectilinear street grid is extended south to the waterfront. New development is built around this system of parks and urban spaces. The waterfront is fully accessible to the public and of sufficient critical mass for different recreational uses. Sensitive landscaping lines the waterfront edge and recreational pathway system, through Fort McNair from the Monumental Core to the waterfront.

The Plan also creates a Riverside development project of sufficient critical square footage of office and retail space to anchor a commercial destination for Metrorail at the end of Half Street. A prominent park at the end of Buzzard Point designates as the community retail, arts and activities center and provides a community-based small craft recreational area, boat ramps and dry sailing facility; and links James Creek and the southwest urban renewal residential neighborhood to Haines Point by way of a Pedestrian Drawbridge.