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Things to do: sightseeing, fun & games, shopping
National Harbor is a census-designated place along the Potomac River in Prince George's County, Maryland just south of Washington, D.C. near the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. It originated as a 300acre multi-use waterfront development. The development was delineated as a census-designated place for the 2010 census, at which time its population was 3,788. It has been redeveloped since 2008.HistoryLand use and rezoningThe land developed for National Harbor was previously Salubria Plantation, built in 1827 by Dr. John H. Bayne. The plantation house burned down in 1981 and was offered for sale along with the surrounding land. The land was sold in 1984 and in 1994 was rezoned for mixed-use development. In the fall of 1997, the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Army Corps of Engineers approved new developer permits, granted for the PortAmerica project in 1997.DevelopmentPhase one of National Harbor opened on April 1, 2008. The site is being developed by Milton Peterson's Peterson Companies, with the project expected to cost well over $2 billion, and a construction time frame of 2007 to late 2014. In addition to the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, which opened on April 1, 2008, National Harbor contains five additional hotels, waterfront condos, offices, retail stores, nightspots, a marina, and a new location for the National Children's Museum, whose first phase opened in December 2012. An outlet shopping center opened at National Harbor in November 2013.
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