In just five years, NoMa has developed eight million SF of office, residential, hotel and retail space totaling $3 billion in private investment. Many more buildings are currently under construction. In 2010, more than 6,000 people moved into NoMa to live or work; and eight new retailers opened for business. Over the last few years, NoMa Business Improvement District (BID) has focused heavily on connecting both residents and employees at exciting, fun and free events. These events bring culture, music, artists, local farmers and more to this neighborhood, while building community and enlivening the public realm. NoMa Summer Screen, a free outdoor film festival, has attracted visitors from around the region. Free summer concerts give employees a break during their lunch hour to relax and enjoy music ranging from Blues to Jazz to Reggae.
NoMa BoundariesMassachusetts Avenue to the south, New Jersey and North Capitol Street to the west, and Q and R Streets to the north. The neighborhood also extends eastward just beyond the CSX/Metrorail tracks. See a map
Landmarks in NoMa
- Union Station
- Government Printing Office
- Washington Coliseum (now called Uline Arena)
- Sirius XM Radio
- U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
Projects In NoMa Currently Underway or Starting in 2012
- DDOT reconstruction of First Street, NE (in design)
- DDOT construction of Columbus Circle (under construction)
- DDOT completion of Benning-H Street streetcar (passenger service in summer 2013)
- Camden NoMa residential project on L Street (under construction)
- William C. Smith residential project on North Capitol and M (under construction)
- Phase II office for Constitution Square and new residential (under construction)
- Mill Creek Residential Trust project on Eckington Place (under construction)
- NPR headquarters on North Capitol Street (under construction)
- The JBG Companies groundbreaking on the Walmart site (winter 2012) and Hyatt Place (spring 2012)
- Archstone delivery of their project at First & M Streets, NE (spring 2012)
- Trammell Crow groundbreaking on Sentinel Square Phase II (spring 2012)
- Greyhound Bus Station transition into Union Station (summer 2012)
- MRP groundbreaking on Washington Gateway (winter 2012)
Notable Historic Facts About NoMa1850: Working-class Irish immigrants called this agrarian area “Swampoodle” because of the overflowing banks of Tiber Creek, which now runs beneath North Capitol Street.
1862: The Government Printing Office printed 15,000 copies of the Emancipation Proclamation for the War Department, which were distributed to troops and diplomats worldwide.
1864: President Lincoln signed the charter of Gallaudet University, the only university in the world where all classes, programs and services are designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students.
1907: Grand opening of Union Station. Hundreds of rowhouses were razed to make way for construction. Chicago architect Daniel Burnham modeled the front archway after the classical Arch of Constantine in Rome.
1964: The Washington Coliseum (later known as the Uline Arena) hosted the first Beatles concert in North America; greats such as Bob Dylan and Chuck Brown later performed there.
1998: DC officials recognized the untapped potential four blocks from the Capitol and coin the moniker ‘NoMa,’ for the area ‘North of Massachusetts Avenue.’
2004: NoMa-Gallaudet University (formerly NY-FL Ave) Red Line Metro Station opened. The station was funded through a ground-breaking public/private partnership that raised $120 million.
2007: Redevelopment plans began to take shape for the area.
Neighborhood WebsitesNoMa BID