NoMa is the District’s fastest growing neighborhood, located north of Union Station and only four blocks from the Capitol. In seven years, private developers have invested billions in the neighborhood, developing more than 10 million square feet of office, residential, hotel and retail space. First Street NE is fast becoming NoMa’s central boulevard — a walkable, tree-lined main street complete with bike lanes, retail and pedestrian amenities anchored by D.C.’s largest Harris Teeter.
A former industrial area, NoMa is rapidly transforming into a bustling, vibrant neighborhood with more than 3,900 apartments under construction or recently delivered, modern office towers, three hotels and new destination retail space in the pipeline. The successful transformation of the neighborhood from under-developed industrial area to a vital new D.C. center was recognized with the renaming of the Metrorail station to NoMa/Gallaudet University (New York Avenue) in 2012. Sustainable development practices are endemic to NoMa. Born from derelict industrial land, NoMa is a spectacular example of the success of the transit-oriented development.
The neighborhood has 22 LEED and Energy Star Certified buildings, the eight-mile Metropolitan Branch bicycle trail connecting NoMa to Silver Spring, Maryland, and state-of-the-art biking amenities. Landscaping, beautification and public art projects currently underway will further enhance the neighborhood. Many well known private companies, nonprofits and government agencies call NoMa home, including CareFirst, Kaiser Permanente, American Medical Association, Mathematica, ATF, EEOC, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education. NoMa is also a growing hub for media companies with CNN, Sirius XM Radio, CQ-Roll Call and NPR’s new headquarters.