Poplar Point Development

Forest City

Washington, D.C.

Project Info
Poplar Point Development
Washington, D.C.
Size: 130 acres / 53 hectares

In 2003, the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative identified Poplar Point, a 130-acre area on the Anacostia River in south-western Washington, D.C., as a key redevelopment site in the overall riverfront revitalization framework. Much of Poplar Point is vacant land, some of it contaminated, and its two neighboring communities – historic Old Anacostia and Barry Farm – are separated from the site and the river by Interstate 285, access ramps, and railroad lines.

Our team created the design vision and development program for Forest City Washington's response to the District’s call for a Public/Private Partnership. Our design envisions a new mixed-use neighborhood and a 70-acre park which create development value while aligning with the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative's design principles. The plan includes 6.3 million SF of development comprised of 4,100 residential units, 1.2 million SF of office, 465,000 SF of retail, and two 300-room hotels, all within easy access to a Metro station.

A key challenge posed by the client was that every residential unit front on a park, river, wetland, or brownstone street. Our concept extends three water-oriented "finger" parks from the river into the site. These fingers interlock with three "piers" of mixed-use development. The fingers and piers form a new central park for the city that integrates with the Anacostia watershed and the surrounding neighborhoods. At the heart of the new neighborhood is an active, mixed-use pier which extends an existing major street to the river's edge. Projecting over the water, a dramatic environmental/cultural facility establishes an iconic dialogue and connection between both sides of the river.