Friday, January 26, 2007
For some, the term "NoMa" is reason to shudder and damn the group of individuals who coined a focus-group term annoyingly similar to SoHo. Love it or hate it, NoMa is transforming, and two of those changes will feature DC-based J Street Development Company: One to take place at 1111 North Capitol Street between L and Pierce Streets, the other at 60 L Street. On North Capitol Street, J Street will redevelop a warehouse used by the Smithsonian Institution to prepare up-and-coming exhibits, turning it into a yet-undetermined combination of housing, office space, and retail stores. The majority of the property is owned by J Street, though a small portion of the lot, "Lot 29", recently sold to Tishman Real Estate Services. Paula Gaskins, an Executive Assistant at J Street, said the company is still in the zoning and permit stages. The building's lease to the Smithsonian doesn't expire until September 2011, so demolition and rebuilding won’t begin until at least that time, but Gaskins noted that "nothing happens overnight, so we are going through the steps because it is a historic building." J Street Development Company’s other NoMa development, "First Place", at 60 L Street (pictured) was bought just a year ago, and is now in the master planning stage. One block south of the New York Ave Metro station, First Place will include 500 residential units, office, and retail space when completed in 2009.