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JBG SMITH starts construction of two National Landing “outdoor destinations”

Mixed-use property developer JBG SMITH says it has recently launched construction of two new “outdoor destinations” in National Landing, Water Park and Dining in the Park.

The developer is redesigning Water Park at 1601 Crystal Dr.  as a 1.6-acre community gathering place animated by innovative dining with a focus on local, women- and minority-owned businesses and significant landscape improvements.

Design architect Elkus Manfredi is working with landscape architect Hoerr Schaudt on the projects.

Plans call for 4,875 sq. ft. of new food and beverage, highlighted by nine 300-sq. ft. restaurant kiosks along the perimeter of the park, a 1,400-sq. ft. full-service restaurant set into the hillside and an iconic Water Bar and terrace perched atop a modernized fountain water wall. The kiosks will be surrounded by public seating areas.

Additional elements of the redesigned Water Park include a live performance stage, an interactive water feature, public art installations and a trailhead building adjacent to the Mt. Vernon Trail equipped with public restrooms and bike facilities. The REIT developer is also coordinating with Virginia Railway Express on a handicap accessible connection to the future entrance of the relocated VRE station.

Dining in the Park will similarly transform and reactivate the courtyard in front of 2121 Crystal Dr. with a culinary experience set among more than an acre of greenery. The 5,587 sq. ft. Surreal, will feature year-round outdoor seating. Plans call for the complete renovation of the surrounding green space for a variety of flexible uses.

“Human connections, inclusive spaces, and ready access to quality outdoor dining and entertainment venues are more important today than ever before,” said Bryan Moll, Executive Vice President of JBG SMITH. “Our reinvention of Water Park and Dining in the Park are vital components of our ongoing drive to create the region’s most dynamic 18-hour environment within National Landing. We see these both as inviting public spaces where families will enjoy a sunny day and colleagues can gather after work for a drink, a bite to eat and live music.”

Mark Buckshon
Mark Buckshonhttps://washingtonconstructionnews.com
Mark Buckshon is the publisher and interim editor of Washington Construction News. He is also president of the Construction News and Report Group of Companies. He combines a journalism and business background, and has published construction trade publications for more than 30 years, after an earlier career in journalism, which culminated when he lived through the transition from Rhodesia to Zimbabwe in 1978-80 as a sub-editor for the Bulawayo Chronicle and a correspondent for a Canadian news service.

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