It's finally time to anticipate the big and beautiful development projects expected to make their debut after years of construction and planning.

Here are 6 new development projects to look forward to in 2017:

The Southwest Waterfront

[caption id="attachment_1830" align="alignnone" width="300"] The Southwest Waterfront in Washington, D.C.[/caption] An end is in sight for the first phase of the Wharf. When it opens in October, the overhauled half mile of riverfront will include four residential buildings, two office towers, three hotels, a 6,000-seat concert hall, 25 restaurants, water taxis, and four piers. Phase two, stretching another half mile, won’t wrap up until 2021.

Nationals Park

[caption id="attachment_1831" align="alignnone" width="300"] National Park gets a Chicago Cubs feel to it.[/caption] Two apartment buildings opening near Nationals Park are seemingly close to replicating the brownstones and roof-top bleachers that surround the Chicago Cubs baseball stadium. Pretty cool, nonetheless. North of Nationals Park, developer Grosvenor Americas is planning a 450,000-square-foot mixed-use development, called First Residences. Another building with views into the park -- 1221 Van, with 291 apartments -- will finish by year’s end.  

The Union Market District 

[caption id="attachment_1832" align="alignnone" width="300"] Union Market May Get More Retail, 270 Units[/caption] Fifteen mixed residential/retail projects are in various stages of planning.  The neighborhood around Northeast D.C.’s Union Market should have a lot more lights on in the coming years. The first of those buildings, the Edison, is set to be finished by spring, with 187 apartments atop a Trader Joe’s. Several more projects are expected to break ground in 2017.

Tysons Always Rising

[caption id="attachment_1833" align="alignnone" width="300"] Highlight Park in Tysons[/caption] Tysons, the largest redevelopment project in the country, has three residential buildings open. The Highgate, Kingston, and Haden apartments will bring more than 1,100 residences to the area.

Because an estimated 80,000 people commute to Tysons every day, the hope is that some will move in—and opt out of rush-hour traffic.

White Flint Keeps Urbanizing

[caption id="attachment_1834" align="alignnone" width="300"] Development in White Flint[/caption] Montgomery County’s plan to transform Rockville Pike into a walkable community, rather than a land of parking lots, pushes on. The second phase of the 24-acre mixed-use development Pike & Rose is underway, with several components set to finish in 2017. The Henri, a 272-unit apartment building with an H&M, Sur la Table, and other retailers on its ground floor, will open, as will a quarter-acre park.

A Town Center for Prince George's

[caption id="attachment_1835" align="alignnone" width="300"] Whole Foods debuts in Riverdale Park[/caption] Prince George’s Calvin Cafritz Enterprises is re-imagining 37 acres in Riverdale Park as a neighborhood of apartments, townhouses, shops, and a hotel. This year, pieces of the project will start to open, including Prince George’s County’s first Whole Foods. A batch of townhouses has recently debuted, and an old trolley-line-turned-hiking/biking-trail will run through the property. Which development are you most excited about?  Tell us in the comments!

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