Second River, Second Chance
Anacostia Waterfront Initiative Framework Plan
Washington, DC, USA
The Port of Seattle’s North Bay site and surrounding properties encompassed over 100 acres of underutilized industrial and commercial land. NBBJ worked with the Port of Seattle’s Economic Development team to design a development framework plan that provided flexibility for existing industrial operations, while maximizing development opportunities for bioscience-oriented research and manufacturing facilities on the site. The Port’s triple-bottom-line strategy included balancing economic benefits with environmental and community benefits, while ensuring financial sustainability.
The North Bay Redevelopment Plan tested and proposed a mix of bioscience research and manufacturing, office, retail and other employment-based uses, all within a challenging environmental setting. NBBJ worked closely with the Port staff, and environmental and engineering consultants through a year-long public planning process involving multiple governmental jurisdictions. Key to the process was navigating the numerous environmental codes and regulations, including working with city leadership in developing a new comprehensive plan that was consistent with public interest.