NoMa

Bye-Bye Burger King

More big plans have just been announced for the NoMa/Union Market area – this time from Level 2 Development, the company behind the View 14 and Capitol View buildings on 14th Street NW. This summer, they purchased 320 Florida Ave NE (at the corner of 4th and Florida NE, currently home to one of the slowest Burger Kings in the country), and have announced plans to build a mixed-use development on the site. If you have no idea where/what I’m talking about, check out the map below (and note proximity to Union Market, H Street NE, Gallaudet University, Union Station, and NoMa Metro stop and retail. Zoom out to see it all)

This pocket of town, which was pretty much no-man’s land until Union Market opened up in 2012 (admit it – did you have *any* idea this part of town even existed before then?) is really shaping up to be something special. This announcement from Level 2 is just one more in the long line of exciting plans for this area. EDENs, the developer behind Union Market, has already announced plans to build an Angelika movie theater and shiny new residences over the next few years. Harris Teeter, Potbelly, Starbucks and other such harbingers of property value increases are all mere blocks away from the area in question, and the booming H Street corridor is just a few steps farther away.

I’m not gonna lie though – I’ll miss those chicken sandwiches. But let’s be honest, it’s probably for the best – for home values in the area and my waistline!

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The Future of NoMa

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At the end of June, DC’s first ever Hyatt Place hotel opened on New York Ave in NoMa – two blocks from the NoMa metro, and within clear view of the capitol. But this announcement is about more than just another new hotel in DC – this is actually just the first phase of an extensive mixed-used development from JBG Companies. Ultimately, the development will includes restaurants, apartments, office space, and a 10-screen Landmark Theatre opening by early 2017. This will all be anchored in a “pedestrian friendly plaza that meanders between the buildings from New York Avenue to Patterson Street.”

Between this development and all of the exciting plans that EDENs has for the area around Union Market, it’s clear that the NoMa neighborhood has serious property value potential. Click here to check out listings in the area!

NoMa Summer Screen Schedule!

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“Screen on the Green” and its various spinoffs are some of my favorite things about summer in DC. Here’s the schedule for the NoMa Summer Screen series, which is held on the Loree Grand Field at 2nd & L NE. This summer’s theme is “Unlikely Friendship,” and the list of movies ranges from time-travel comedies to 80’s classics and then some! The shows start at dark, but folks can gather as early as 7pm. Dogs are welcome, and the shows are subtitled! Here’s the lineup – and if I say so myself, it’s pretty great. You may even catch me there tonight for Midnight in Paris!

·      June 11: Midnight in Paris (PG, 2011)

·      June 18Up (PG, 2009)

·      June 25When Harry Met Sally (R, 1989)

·      July 2Clueless (PG-13, 1995)

·      July 9The Muppets (PG, 2011)

·      July 16The Perks of Being a Wallflower (PG-13, 2012)

·      July 23The Dark Knight (PG-13, 2008)

·      July 30Pitch Perfect (PG-13, 2012)

·      August 6Top Gun (PG, 1986)

·      August 13The Sandlot (PG, 1993)

·      August 20: Rain date, movie TBD.

NoMa Seeks Artists to Transform Underpasses

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If you’ve been looking for the perfect opportunity to let your artistic side shine and leave your mark on this city, this may be it. The NoMa Parks foundation is seeking artists to “turn the underpasses at Florida Avenue, NE, and K, L and M Streets, NE, into stunning contemporary art installations, and further strengthen east-west connections in NoMa and to Capitol Hill.”

As someone who regularly drives through that K Street underpass, I have to say, this will be a welcome addition to the rapidly-transforming area. You can get full details on the art competition – from how to enter to the expected timeline – at: http://www.nomabid.org/underpass-competition/

NoMa Launches Free Public WiFi

Further proof that the east side of the city is the place to be: the NoMa BID announced today that it is the first DC neighborhood to offer free WiFi access in its public spaces. “The NoMa Business Improvement District is providing free wireless Internet connection along many of NoMa’s sidewalks to encourage creativity and collaboration for NoMa residents, employees and visitors.” The BID is eager for feedback, especially on areas where the WiFi isn’t working properly, so if you have input feel free to reach out to them at 1-877-495-9434 or via email at NoMaWiFi@sky-packets.com. They are phasing in the WiFi slowly; the beta phase is now in operation, and the full expansion will be rolled out throughout 2014. Here’s a map of the current coverage area (red) and planned future coverage areas (green).

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