WBJ: Best Community Impact: NoMa Green

As D.C.’s NoMa has turned from industrial to mixed-use over the last decade, plenty of multifamily units, countless granite countertops and an REI store in a former arena have been built. Read more.

The NoMa Parks Foundation has $50 million and a plan to develop a network of green spaces cutting through the booming community. Until very recently, the vacant lot at Third and L streets Northeast was not part of that plan. Read more.

Residents of NoMa hope to turn their neighborhood’s burly, industrial underpasses into contemporary art installations.


The NoMa Parks Foundation is seeking artists and designers to come up with designs for “art parks” in the underpasses, which run under the train tracks along Florida Avenue and K, L and M streets NE.

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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has earmarked $490,000 to help develop a network of public parks in NoMa and pledged the support of the District’s planning department to oversee the next stage in the process.

With the funds, the planning department could soon issue a request for proposals to firms to come up with design plans for miniparks throughout the Northeast D.C. business district. The District will be working closely with the NoMa Business Improvement District, which came up with a $50 million parks plan earlier this year that will serve as a blueprint for the planning department’s efforts.


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