The Wharf development in Southwest to break ground Wednesday

WASHINGTON — With the symbolic turn of a spade, D.C.’s Southwest waterfront will welcome a mixed-use development project that will dramatically change a 1- mile stretch from the Fish Market to Fort McNair.

Developer Monty Hoffman, Mayor Vince Gray and more than a dozen others are set to mark the groundbreaking on Wednesday.

When complete, The Wharf will offer hundreds of new apartments and condos, high- end hotels, office space, a movie theater, restaurants, an Irish pub, a jazz club and a piano bar.

The transformative project has been in the works for more than eight years.

“It’s a destination, but it’s also a home; it’s a real community,” Hoffman says. “It doesn’t have to be one or the other.”

In addition to high-end frills — such as metered docking for boats — the development will also include affordable housing and about 10 acres of public space.

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