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NoMa Now (2024)

A snapshot view of the NoMa neighborhood, and of the work we do to build, support, care for, promote, and celebrate it.

December 2023 — Updated to include more recent information and the work completed since the inception of the plan in late 2021.

The NoMa BID: NoMa’s Champion & Steward

NoMa Business Improvement District strives to be both a vocal champion and an effective steward of the NoMa neighborhood on behalf of all of its businesses, employees, residents, visitors, and the city as a whole.

In our role as cheerleader, we promote NoMa, attracting attention and business activity. We host our own events and sponsor the events of others. We create and celebrate public art. And we connect visitors, workers, and residents to experiences and opportunities they can enjoy.

Our stewardship of the neighborhood is evident in the work of our Ambassador Operations team, cleaning and beautifying the streets and public spaces. And behind the scenes, our staff is coordinating and communicating, building relationships and engaging stakeholders to create long-lasting investments and commitments to what NoMa can become.

Supporting & Growing NoMa Businesses

The NoMa BID provides a vital layer of support for the businesses within Greater NoMa. We know that a thriving business community runs on diversity—diversity of ideas, of sectors, of sizes, and of target markets. We work hard to connect businesses to the people who live and work in NoMa, and to cultivate a physical and cultural environment where everyone can flourish.

We connect NoMa’s businesses with advice, guidance and promotional support, we conduct and analyze research, and perhaps most impressively, we build and maintain dazzling public spaces. We’re always on the lookout for new ideas and approaches to serving businesses and their employees, and we create adaptive communication channels for owners, tenants, managers, and workers to connect with us and provide feedback.

Cultivating Community & Identity

NoMa has experienced dramatic change since the NoMa – Gallaudet University Metro Station was built in 2004. Its identity continues to develop as a growing volume of new residents, businesses, institutions, and public space improvements make their mark.

When residents, employees, and visitors of these parts think about NoMa, they don’t think of lines on a map, but instead think of a growing and vibrant neighborhood that provides convenient access to the rest of DC and the region. When employers think about NoMa, they see an affordable and accessible alternative to downtown.

Throughout the input phase of this plan, we heard from employees, residents, and stakeholders that community & identity represented a next frontier for NoMa, but conversely that the BID could not directly create them. Instead, the strategy we’ve embraced is to create the spaces, experiences, and opportunities that will help community and identity develop, grow, and flourish.

Our Successes & Assets

NoMa’s success is evident in everything from the large number of cranes dotting the skyline to the thriving businesses that line the streets and fill the office towers. As this plan kicks off, the neighborhood is in the middle of another construction boom, continuing to attract large volumes of private investment. Currently (Summer 2021), the NoMa BID comprises 12.6 million square feet of office space, 5,922 multifamily residential units, 622 hotel rooms, and 425,000 square feet of retail. When the buildings currently being built are completed, all of these numbers will have increased, some quite dramatically:

Public investment in NoMa has been just as foundational to the neighborhood’s success. The NoMa Parks Foundation is wrapping up its execution of the District of Columbia’s $50 million investment in NoMa for the creation of public park spaces.  And tens of millions more will be applied to projects such as the reconfiguration of the intersection at New York and Florida Avenues NE to calm traffic and create stunning new public plaza and green spaces, the replacement of the H Street Bridge, the addition of bike lanes on Florida Avenue NE and K Street NE, and new Bus Priority measures on H Street NW.

But NoMa’s oldest and best asset remains the same: location, location, location. As the business focus and cultural attention of the city shift eastward, NoMa is perfectly positioned to become a new hub of DC life.

NoMa’s Retail

NoMa is enjoying a retail boom thanks to more than 175,000 square feet of retail space delivered in the past two years. Our retail strategy—still in its preliminary stages—will allow us to make the most of these opportunities, bringing exciting and unique operators to NoMa like fine dining destination Le Clou. Retail vacancy is around 40 percent (an increase of 6% over 2022), largely driven by the above increase in supply.

NoMa’s Residential

After a very strong year in 2022, residential growth has slowed. NoMa added 640 residential units but is still seeing strong leasing activity, showing that the appeal of the neighborhood remains high. Construction of residential buildings continues to reshape the neighborhood. To date, an additional 1,463 multifamily housing units are under construction within the NoMa BID, with still more on the horizon to be completed within the span of this Strategic Plan. Remarkably, though not surprising to us, the zip code that includes NoMa (20002), outranked every other zip code in the country in apartment deliveries between 2017 and 2023.

NoMa’s Offices

NoMa has weathered the pandemic-related impacts on the office market better than most neighborhoods, mixed-use or otherwise. Office vacancy in NoMa rose again this year, passing 9%, but is still outperforming every other submarket in DC. The key to our relative office resiliency is reliable long-term office tenants, such as federal government agencies, landmark anchor office tenants like National Public Radio, and a healthy mix of residential, retail, and hotel offerings that support the office market.

NoMa’s Parks & Public Spaces

Following the completion of the NoMa Parks Foundation’s work to deliver parks in NoMa by the end of 2022, the NoMa BID has stepped in as the steward and caretaker of these precious public spaces. To that end, we’ve revamped our internal structure to create dedicated staff capacity for oversight of parks and increased our spending on parks maintenance and operations. 2023 also saw the delivery of the final underpass art installation, the K Street Virtual Gallery, and the beginning of the construction process that will transform the intersection of Florida and New York Avenues by creating a trio of new public spaces, now named Mamie “Peanut” Johnson Plaza.

Today, NoMa’s public spaces are varied, unique, and establish the neighborhood as a place where everyone is welcome to spend some time. And more public spaces are on the way in NoMa. 

Explore highlights of the current and future parks, plazas, and arts in the map below.


Quincy Lane

Eckington’s new meeting point. An energetic and vibrant lane that welcomes the amenities of big-city life to this charming neighborhood in D.C.

100 block of Quincy Lane


Morse Street Plaza

Short linear park/plaza connecting Florida Avenue NE and Morse Street NE, includes a mural and industrial sculpture.

North side of Florida Ave. NE


N Street Metro Plaza

Busy small plaza with bike parking and seating in front of the Metro entrance.

East side of 2nd Street NE


NoMa Breezeway

Linear pedestrian space connecting N Street NE and M Street NE, includes the sculpture Journeys.

West of Metro station


NoMa Meander

Linear pedestrian space connecting M Street NE and Patterson Street NE and providing access to retail.

Unit block of M street NE


Uline Plaza

Busy small plaza with bike parking and seating, as well as café space for businesses.

200 block of M Street NE


Union Square Plaza

Quiet park/plaza providing an urban refuge, including ample seating, flowerbeds, and greenery.

800 block of North Capitol Street


CNN-CareFirst Plaza

Linear pedestrian space connecting buildings and businesses with First Street NE, including seating and the sculpture Trigadilly

800 block of 1st Street NE


G Place Plaza

Quiet plaza providing rest and seating for workesr in nearby buildings.

Unit block of G Place NE


Gateway Wings

2013, Kent Bloomer Studio

200 block of New York Avenue NE


The Chicken & The Egg

2019, RSM Design

Unit block of New York Avenue NE



2004, Barbara Grygutis and Dolores Kendrick

N Street Metro Plaza


Torqued Tensility

2014, NaDaaa Design

1200 block of 1st Street NE



2018, Thurlow Small Architecture and NIO Architecten

100 block of M Street NE



2019, Future Cities Lab

100 block of L Street NE


Clement Sculptures

2018, John Clement

100 block of K Street NE


Composition for the Axemen

1989, Ken Wyten

800 block of 1st Street NE



1990, Chas Coburn

CNN-Carefirst Plaza


Supreme BBQ/Aunteaboba (West Wall)

Chris Pyrate

2 Florida Avenue NE


Metropolitan Branch Trail (East Wall)

Multiple Artists

Metropolitan Branch Trail


PEPCO (West, North, & East Walls)

Mulitple Artists

101 Harry Thomas Way NE


1300 First (North Wall)


1300 First Street NE


37 New York (West Wall)


37 New York Avenue NE


33 New York (East Wall)


33 New York Avenue NE


AVA NoMa (West Wall)

James Bullough

55 M Street NE


Kerr Conway (East Wall)

Kate Deciccio

1005 North Capitol Street


15K (North Wall)


15 K Street NE


Alethia Tanner Park

Expansive park featuring a playground, separated dog park, café kiosk with ample seating, natural meadow space, outdoor screen and audiovisual structure, and a large lawn.

227 Harry Thomas Way NE


Swampoodle Park

Large dog park and a kids’ playground area featuring a Wallholla, a unique vertical play structure for kids.

1030 3rd Street NE


Swampoodle Terrace

Neighborhood park on a quiet street corner, featuring an herb garden, checker/chess tables, outdoor workspace, and a boxcar for events.

1100 3rd Street NE


The Lawn at Banner Lane

Multi-purpose public park that creates a neighborhood gathering space at Banner Lane, featuring a lawn, sculptural seating, and access to the courtyard level.

89 L Street NW

Greater NoMa

There is even more to the NoMa neighborhood beyond the BID’s boundaries. Today, the NoMa cultural footprint extends farther than our founders could have imagined. This concept of what comprises Greater NoMa is fluid, of course, and context-dependent, but there were some consistent ideas of what was included:

  • Dense and relatively new mixed-use development in the BID and parts of Union Market
  • Stable single-family residences east of the BID and in Eckington
  • High-density affordable housing immediately west of North Capitol Street
  • Diverse, popular retail offerings mixed with warehouses and wholesalers at the core of Union Market.

Since 2016, the Union Market area has grown into an incredible destination on NoMa’s doorstep, with about two million square feet of mixed-use development, including more than 1,900 residential units and about 220,000 square feet of office space. The residential projects were the first large scale multifamily developments to deliver, illustrating a notable shift from the primarily retail and warehouse uses that had characterized the area. With new properties also came new vibrant and unique retail tenants and restaurants. Up to three million additional square feet could deliver in the next five years, with continued focus on residential projects.

The built environment on the west side of North Capitol Street is also changing. Historically, affordable housing projects such as Sursum Corda, Tyler House, and Sibley Plaza have characterized the area. However, Sursum Corda is currently being replaced by a project that will include an even larger volume of affordable units, in addition to 900 new market rate units. This redevelopment, in addition to MRP’s Northwest One project (both currently under construction), promise at least two million square feet of residential development with a relatively high proportion of affordable housing units.

NoMa sits at the center of a web of growing and exciting neighborhoods. To the east, H Street NE is a rapidly developing, transit-oriented, and retail-dense corridor that is only a 15-minute walk from the core of NoMa, with DC’s historic Capitol Hill neighborhood only a few blocks to the south. Northeast lies thriving Union Market, and beyond that, the trendy industrial triangle of Ivy City. The more downtown-like Mt. Vernon Triangle lies due west, while Truxton Circle and Shaw extend northwest. Northward, neighborhoods like Eckington, Brookland, and Brentwood connect to NoMa via the Metropolitan Branch Trail,  a critical biking and walking corridor that brings walkers, joggers, and bicyclists through our streets every day.

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