Aside from giving the District the authority to redevelop the waterfront area, the bill also expands the activities allowed at the municipal fish wharf, to include open air sales of food and beverages and plants, crafts and other retail goods.

The Southwest waterfront is slated to undergo a 10-year redevelopment that includes the construction of hotels, residential buildings, restaurants and other destinations. The waterfront sits just south of the heavily trafficked National Mall, and is on a rough line between the Washington Monument and Nationals Stadium.