Wednesday, November 28, 2012

NoMa's Trilogy Apartments Open Thursday

NoMa's newest apartments open Thursday as developers and city officials gather for a photo op to inaugurate one of Washington DC's largest apartment buildings.  "Trilogy" - 3 buildings designed by the Preston Partnership and formerly known as NoMa West - will add 603 rental units to the border between NoMa and Eckington at 151 Q Street, NE.

The first of the three buildings - Cirq, Linq, and Esqe - is now open, with the other two opening within the next few months.  Designed by developer Mill Creek Residential Trust to appeal to nearly any taste and architectural preference, each of the three buildings sports several motifs, a "highly differentiated architectural style," say its developers, that will span the centuries, architecturally speaking, with "traditional and contemporary" in Cirq, "warehouse, contemporary and art deco" in Linq, and finishing with the "highly contemporary" Esqe when it completes in March.

The project broke ground in March of 2011, but has been in the works far longer, at least since the team of CSX (as owner) and Fairfield Residential (as developer) plotted a 2006 groundbreaking for the residences.  The torch then passed to Trammell Crow Residential, and finally to the current team, who can finally spike the ball at tomorrow's ceremony.  Mill Creek is also working on an even larger project at the Dunn Loring Metro station.

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Anonymous said...

This is totally in Eckington.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree - this has nothing to do with NoMa, this is Eckington, one of the oldest and most established neighborhoods in DC, not some developer's idea of a neighborhood.

B on Nov 28, 2012, 1:48:00 PM said...

The boundaries of the Noma BID are independent of the historic neighborhoods it may overlap; and historic neighborhoods don't issue press releases.

Just be thankful they didn't stick with "NoMa West", which makes no sense whatsoever.

Anonymous said...

I agree, it is Eckington. I hate the building, I think it looks like project housing, I also hate that they have brought no amenities to the neighborhood.

xm said...

actually, "eckington" WAS some developers idea if a neighborhood. His name was George Truesdell. None of his house are still standing, and he forbade alcohol sales in eckington.

The area has been sold as noma for a while now, at least in comercial markets. Many may not remember eckington pre tech bust, but the Peoples Building XM radio and Mckinley tech were ideas pitched to make this area a tech corridor, differentiating itself from the residential areas to the north. this may have been initiated under Barry, but was certainly pushed forward by Williams.

Skidrowe said...

Are we to assume that the variety of "architectural" styles referred to to be in the interiors? The outsides all have that Ballston Bland look -- developer cheap with a modest, arbitrary range of articulation that apparently someone fancies as stylistic variety and interest. Better in my view to do something repetitive but higher quality, with depth to the facades, better materials, stronger relationship to the interiors, and thoughtful proportions.

Whatever, it stands to reason that some of the thousands of new D.C. residents prefer suburban dullness. Why exactly these folks would choose to live in Eckington (a decidedly non-suburban 'hood as regards little things like street crime, litter, density, noise from adjacent railroad tracks and industrial areas, etc.) is anyone's guess.

Anonymous said...


how would you go about designing a new housing complex? what styles are more fitting to the location in your opinion?

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