As part of the kickoff celebration for the new District Wharf, located in Southwest D.C., the Howard University Gospel Choir is set to headline a concert at District Pier on Oct. 15.

The new District Wharf, located in Southwest D.C.

The Wharf’s celebration officially began on Oct. 12, with free events that included performances by District gems such as the Children’s Chorus of Washington, Culture Shock D.C. Dancers, The U.S. Army Band, and the Eastern High School Second Line Band among others.

According to the Wharf’s website, it initially began as a fish market in 1805. The redesign of the Wharf to include restaurants, retailers, residences, and businesses is being dubbed as D.C.’s biggest development to date.

The redesign of the Wharf includes 14 buildings that are linked by 10 acres of public space and parks, according to the website.

The Wharf also includes restoring a 200-year-old fish market and creating 1,400 waterfront residences, a 127-year-old yacht club, three unique hotels, a 6,000-person-capacity concert hall and conference center, and four public piers, which are linked by a waterside promenade with more than 75 restaurants. The first phase of the project costs about $2.5 billion.

Even though the Wharf has opened to the public, further development is expected. According to the website, a second phase is scheduled to begin in mid-2018 with an anticipated completion in 2022. The second phase will add an additional half mile (1.15 million square feet) of office, residential, marina, and retail space along with parks and public spaces that will extend to Fort Lesley J. McNair, an U.S. Army base.

View live video of Howard’s choir at the kickoff celebration on the AFRO’s Facebook page.