Friday, January 19, 2007

New NoMa Condo Opens for Sales

Macy Development has opened its sales center at its latest condominium project, Basilica Lofts, a 21-unit condo in the Eckington - NoMa neighborhood. The Basilica Lofts project is the conversion of a row of historic storefronts-turned condos in an area once known for its expanses of undeveloped land and lonely Greyhound Bus Station, but that now stands apart by the sheer volume of new construction planned and underway. Developers have been attracted to NoMa’s proximity to downtown, where vacant land is now scarce, and new Metro station, though nearly all development is office space, with over 10 million s.f. of commercial space on the way. Basilica Lofts will feature two-bedroom condos on two stories starting at $359,000 with immediate occupancy. As DCMud reported last week, the nearby Washington Gateway project will add another 250 residential units to the area, but no further residential units are project to complete until 2009 at the earliest. Marketing and sales by DCRE.


Anonymous said...

this project is actually within an all residential neighborhood, rather than in the more business oriented NoMa.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous is right. This project is in Eckington, not NOMA. NOMA is south of NY and FL Aves.

Chris from Eckington

IMGoph on Jan 20, 2007, 9:28:00 AM said...

yeah, hate to pile on, but you should really change the title of this post...the 1900 block of 4th street is absolutely in Eckington, not that terrible, focus-group invented 'noma' (makes me shudder saying it)

Ken on Jan 21, 2007, 11:47:00 AM said...

I had previously agreed with the previous 3 comments when I started, but in doing some research I came across the official NoMa corridor map (, which actually includes the Basilica Lofts location, if just barely, in the NoMa planning section. I know it seems like stretching the neighborhood, which I hate to do, but it seems quasi-official, which is why I also included Eckington in the description. Don't want to be misleading; appreciate the input.

IMGoph on Jan 21, 2007, 2:10:00 PM said...


I hear you, and I appreciate your reasoning. I'll just state that I still believe that 'noma' is a recent, focus-group tested made up name, whereas Eckington has the benefit of history and time behind it. Sorry to make a mountain out of a molehill, but that's my POV.

Anonymous said...

very ugly indeed! anyone use architects anymore???

Ken on Jan 22, 2007, 9:03:00 PM said...

Actually the picture doesn't do it justice, its not a great rendering, the actual product looks better, I'll change the picture when I get some good shots. The building is historic and has great brickwork, you can't tell online.

Sean Hennessey on Jan 24, 2007, 9:43:00 AM said...

it does look much better in person. attractive, even.

I first heard artists living in the area refer to the neighborhood as NoMa nearly ten years ago.

While the focus group embraced it, i dont think they coined it.

and i third the opinion that this is in no way noma. its in the heart of eckington.

CitySlurp on Oct 24, 2007, 12:32:00 PM said...

noma actually comes north of ny ave into eackington,

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