Wednesday, July 11, 2007

NoMa Gets Its First Hotel


On July 11, the usual DC official suspects (including Mayor Fenty) joined the ownership team headed by The Finvarb Group in breaking ground on the first new hotel squarely in the North of Massachusetts (NoMa) area in Northeast DC (usually delineated as being bounded by Massachusetts Avenue to the south, North Capitol Street to the west, Florida Avenue the north, and about 3rd Street NE to the east). The eight-story, 218-room Courtyard by Marriott will be located between the New York Avenue Metro station and the new US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) headquarters, and will feature 10,000 sf of ground-level retail, including at least one outdoor cafĂ©. In addition, an elevator will provide direct access from the plaza between the hotel and the Metro station entrance to the elevated Metropolitan Branch bicycle and pedestrian trail running alongside the Metro track. The hotel will also be next to MRP Realty’s planned Washington Gateway project, and the Florida Avenue Market redevelopment.

7 comments:

IMGoph on Jul 12, 2007, 6:19:00 AM said...

i biked up onto the stub of the met. branch trail that's built alongside of the station on sunday, and there was a big square painted on the dirt there and marked "tent" in anticipation of the groundbreaking ceremony.

get up on the trail at the m street entrance to the metro station there by bicycle, or just climb the stairs at the station, it's a good view of the construction all over the area.

poo poo said...

there's still some controversy over whether the florida market really will be 'redeveloped'.

there are a bunch of people desirous of 'restoring' the place....

Nick on Jul 12, 2007, 12:15:00 PM said...

yep - the whole FLA Market situation is fluid right now ... best to use quotes around "redevelopment" for now ...

Anonymous said...

Marriot is making the cheapest looking motels. This one looks real cheap and so does the one near the Ritz. I would be ashamed to have my name on the building if I was Mr. Marriot. Yuck! :(

poo poo said...

i agree w/anonymous.

but marriot isn't exactly about looks, it's about convenience.

at least they'll have some kind of retail on the ground floor.

and at least the hookers in and around NoMa will have a decent place to bed their .... umm.... selves.

what i want to know is when the bus station is leaving. there was a sign outside the station for a while that said it was moving to some metro stop close to maryland.

anyone know the scoop on that one?

if you look at the NoMa plans (dc.gov), it has the station replaced by a pretty sweet condo/retail....

otavio on Jul 13, 2007, 1:46:00 PM said...

the older rendering of the hotel proposed for this site was much more interesting before it was sold to the current group now developing this one. This current one is supposed to have 10,000 square feet of retail But, the older one had more retail included.

Ok, enough reminiscing! :-)

This hotel is quite underwhelming.

Guy Incognito said...

Lazy, lazy, lazy design work. Architects are capable of so much more than this sad little example of Off-ramp Modern. People need to start raising their design expectiations, even for chain franchises like this. Actually, I should say especially for chain franchises, as they're so ubiquitous.

Did I mention this is lazy?

 

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