The Capitol Riverfront, a 500 acre neighborhood, features one and a half miles of river frontage stretching north to the U.S. Capitol. The Capitol Riverfront is conveniently located around the Navy Yard Metro and within walking distance to Capitol South Metro and Eastern Market Metro (for maps click here). Some of the prominent landmarks in the Front include the U.S. Navy Yard, the U.S. Department of Transportation Headquarters, Nationals Park, Capitol Quarter Townhouse community, Diamond Teague Park, Half Street entertainment district, and The Yards.
Historically the Capitol Riverfront was anchored by the Washington Navy Yard, the longest continually operating naval facility in the country. From the 19th Century until the end of World War II, the Capitol Riverfront was a lively wharf with vibrant commercial districts, streetcars, and a riverfront residential community. After WWII, the Washington Navy Yard reduced its operations, which slowed the economic activity of the area and around this same time, the elevated portion of the Southeast-Southwest Freeway was completed, creating a physical barrier between Capitol Hill and the River.
A 1995 Base Realignment and Closure(BRAC) decision by the Federal Government to consolidate NAVSEA operations to the Navy Yard refocused attention on the Capitol Riverfront. Then in 2003 the City began to re-engage the river and the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood with The Anacostia Waterfront Initiative (AWI). The AWI, adopted by then Mayor Williams and the District Council, is a framework plan to advance the Anacostia River’s clean-up, identify opportunities to increase access to the river, target areas for new development and pioneer innovative Green practices in new development. Since the AWI Plan, the Capitol Riverfront has benefited from significant public and private sector investments (click here for detailed timeline). The neighborhood has seen over $1 billion in public investment that has leveraged over $2 billion of private sector investment. Washington, DC's Capitol Riverfront neighborhood is a vibrant new mixed-use community and riverfront destination.