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Nerds in NoMa:
Hack DC

NoMa's about to get a whole lot greener! On December 31, the NoMa Parks Foundation acquired a two-acre parcel of land for the development of NoMa Green, a great park where people can gather, recreate, and relax outdoors. The property is bounded by Harry Thomas Way, NE, the popular Metropolitan Branch Trail, and New York Avenue, NE. 

This is the second park acquisition by The NoMa Parks Foundation, and was purchased for $14 million from Pepco. Parks and green spaces have long been high on NoMa residents, workers, and visitors' wish lists, and this acquisition is a huge step forward in achieving that goal. The purchase of this property is the culmination of over two years of work by the NoMa Parks Foundation. 

Read more about the acquisition here, and stay tuned for more updates! We're just getting started. 

Planning is moving forward for 1625 Eckington and
1500 Harry Thomas Way

More places to shop, more places to live, more places to walk! 1625 Eckington was set down by the Zoning Commission on November 23. The development will feature 691 units, 49,000 SF of retail, and a 638 foot-long promenade and plaza. Read more here.

Construction Permits Issued

Construction permits have been issued for 50 Florida Avenue, NE, and 10 Florida Avenue, NW. 50 Florida Avenue, NE will consist of a nine story building with 182 residential condominiums and 7,500 SF of retail. 10 Florida Avenue, NW will be home to 5,000 SF of retail and 9 luxury apartments; work begins this month and will wrap up in less than a year. Read more here.
Nerds in NoMa is BACK, baby!

Nerds in NoMa Returns Tuesday, January 19! 
Join us on Tuesday, January 19 for the first Nerds in NoMa of 2016. Bring your happy hour crowd for a few drinks and learn how civic hacking, open data and technology innovations can make the District better. We will be joined by 

Moderator: Martin Austermuhle, WAMU 

Matt Bailey, Director of Technology Innovation at The Office of the Chief Technology Officer 
Emily Brown, International Economic Development Council (IEDC) 
Traci Hughes, Director of the DC Office of Open Government
Aliya Rahman, formerly of Code for Progress

Beer, wine, and popcorn will be available. Be there or be square! Click here to RSVP.

And add these other Nerds events to your calendar:

February 16
Explore the process of making public art and making art public.

March 15
Get the low-down on finding the urban adventure that's right for you. 

April 19
Examine the ways the District is addressing climate change.

New Snow Clearing Rules Announced

The temperatures are falling, so you know what that means: snow could be right around the corner. The DC Council recently passed the Winter Sidewalk Safety Act, which imposes a fine on District property owners who don't remove snow and ice from the sidewalks, curb cuts and curb ramps abutting their property within 8 hours of daylight after snow has stopped falling. Read more about the ordinance here. Click here for guidance on applying for an exemption for single family residents who are disabled or are over 65. It remains the responsibility of property owners to clear the sidewalks adjacent to their property and all access points. For additional information, see the DC Department of Public Works site

Foam Free is the Way to be!

The DC "Foam Ban" has officially gone into effect as of January 1, 2016. Remember, the ban is in effect for all businesses and organizations that provide food to employees or guests, not just restaurants! Read more about the ban here and do your part to help keep DC Foam Free.

Quarterly Ambassador Award, Pam Jackson

Congratulations to Pam Jackson for receiving the NoMa BID Quarterly Ambassador Award for the Fourth Quarter of 2015!  Pam has been an asset to the BID and NoMa neighborhood ever since she began working with us in September 2014.  She won this award, in part, for her superior attention to detail, willingness to take on extra duties, superior work attendance, and friendly, outgoing personality.

NoMa by the Numbers

We're excited to bring a new regular feature to the NoMa BID Newsletter, NoMa By The Numbers! This small section will feature some hard data about NoMa and the District, giving you a quantitative look at what's happening in NoMa and the region. 

The District of Columbia is on its way to having the most permits issued for any year since the Census started collecting housing permit data in 1995. Permits for 4,885 housing units have been issued in 2015 (through November). The District population growth rate has averaged 2.13% over the last 5 years, while the national average has been .77%. Check out this article, which illustrates the necessity of new housing due to the District’s rapidly growing population.


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