NoMa, a moniker for the area North of Massachusetts Avenue, is located just four blocks from Capitol Hill and directly to the east of Union Station. NoMa is Washington’s fastest growing neighborhood. In just 5 years, NoMa has developed 11 million square feet of office, residential, hotel and retail space totaling $6 billion in private investment.
The neighborhoods of Truxton Circle, Sursum Corda, Eckington, the Near Northeast and a section historically known as Swampoodle make up NoMa. The neighborhood is home to several important historic structures including the Woodward & Lothrop Service Warehouse, the Uline Arena, St. Aloysius Church, Gonzaga College High School, Gallaudet University and the Government Printing Office. In fact, The Beatles played their first North American concert at the Washington Coliseum (formerly Uline Arena) in NoMa in 1964.
Although much of the planning for the area took place during the late-1990s, the 2004 opening of the New York Ave-Florida Ave Metro, now NoMa-Gallaudet U station sparked development in the neighborhood. From 2007-2008, private developers invested over $1 billion to begin the development of office, residential, hotel, and retail space in a 35-block area over the next 10 years. A number of prominent commercial businesses, government organizations, and retail establishments have been ushered in as a result of this development. Companies include NPR, CNN, Sirius XM, Harris Teeter, Roti, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, and others.
The area is served by 13 methods of transportation including rail (via the Red Line of the Washington Metro), bus (via intercity carriers and Metrobus), bicycle (via the Capital Bikeshare, Metropolitan Branch Trail), car, (zipcar, Uber), taxi, or walking via the sidewalks of an area that received a walkscore of 92. Eighteen schools serve the NoMa neighborhood, from pre-K to university. Educational centers include Gallaudet University, Community College of DC and Gonzaga.