January 20, 2011

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Mathematica Leases 125k SF

CVS Now Open

NoMa Summer Screen: TRAINS!

Liz Price Receives Trendlines Award

Pound Expanding to the Hill


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Mathematica Leases 125k SF
Mathematica Policy Research Inc., a Princeton-based think-tank, signed a 15-year 125,429-SF lease in Tishman Speyer’s trophy building at 1100 First Street, NE. Following CQ-Roll Call's lease in NoMa last fall, Mathematica's lease has confirmed that the private sector is ready to move into the neighborhood.
Mathematica joins the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in the 347,608-square-foot building. Mathematica plans to move into the space in November 2011, after nearly 30 years at 600 Maryland Avenue, SW. Mathematica employees profess excitement about the move, citing NoMa’s transit connectivity and new retail options.
 “After a thorough review of all the markets including Maryland and Virginia, Mathematica chose to remain in the District of Columbia and join a growing number of private and federal organizations that are now calling NoMa ‘home,’” said Woodmark Principal, Geoff Kieffer, who represented Mathematica in the lease negotiations. Located two blocks from the New York Avenue Metro station on the Red Line, the 12-story building at 1100 First Street has achieved LEED Gold Certification. NoMa has leased 3 million SF of space in three years. View a list of recent leases.
CVS Now Open
CVS Pharmacy opened on January 16th at 1200 First Street, NE, further solidifying the First and M Streets intersection as the heart of the new NoMa. The store offers a pharmacy, snacks, drinks, greeting cards, cosmetics, toiletries and more. Store phone: 202-289-6499.
Store Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pharmacy Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, Closed.
NoMa Summer Screen: TRAINS!
For its fourth season, NoMa Summer Screen presents TRAINS! From our unique location overlooking the trains at Union Station, we’ll be watching 12 classic films featuring popular train sequences. Take our survey and let us know what you want to watch! NoMa Summer Screen is a free, weekly, outdoor film series, featuring local BBQ, fun music, and great films under the stars. The series runs Wednesday evenings from May 18 to August 3. Friendly dogs and children welcome. Bring a blanket, lawn chair, Frisbee and cooler, and join us this summer for your favorite train films!
Liz Price Receives Trendlines Award
BID President Liz Price has been selected to receive the Trendlines Award as Public Sector Trendsetter at a reception in February. TrendLines is a state of the commercial real estate market overview and forecast presentation and report produced by Delta Associates, the leading source of real estate market data in the Washington region, and Transwestern, the region’s preeminent commercial real estate firm. Sponsored by PNC and Baker Tilly, its purposes are to distill the trends of the year just completed and to shed light on the pivotal forces that will affect the region’s commercial real estate in the year ahead.
 “It is a great honor for us at the BID to be recognized for our work, though this award is really a reflection of the neighborhood's success and the hard work of dozens of stakeholders, public and private,” Price said. Last fall, Ms. Price also received the Washington Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business Award.
Pound Expanding to the Hill
When it opened in 2008, Pound Coffee was NoMa’s first retailer in decades. Now, Pound is opening a second location on Capitol Hill; the larger space will provide more room to cook its popular Rice and Spice lunch concept, which features multicultural homemade dishes each day. Pound will move all cooking operations to a centralized kitchen at the Capitol Hill location, but still serve the same fantastic menu at its NoMa location.
The Capitol Hill location at 621 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, will offer more seats inside, plus outdoor and back patio seating. It will be open 7 days a week for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Pound plans to apply for a liquor license after opening, according to owner Karl Johnson. Pound recently started providing dinner food service for Wisdom, a speakeasy-style cocktail bar on the Hill near the Potomac Avenue Metro. “We’re still serving the same food and coffee at Pound, but expanding our model to serving food at a few high-end locations,” Johnson said.
Pound recently became the first partner worldwide for Tevolution, a bottled ice tea company that donates funds to charity for each bottle purchased; customers can track all the tea they’ve drank and where their money has gone by a code on the cap. For more information about Pound Coffee, visit
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Calendar of Events
Northwest One Library Offers Free Meditation
Free yoga classes are coming to a few DC Public Libraries and Northwest One is one of them! Classes are held on Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Wear comfortable clothes. Class size is limited to twenty, so arrive on time. All ages and levels welcome – mats are provided. Learn more here. The library offers meditation on Thursdays at 7 p.m. Now your little ones can come hear stories with Ms. Tammie Monday and Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. as well as Thursday nights at 7 p.m.  Visit for library news and events.
Metropolitan Branch Trail Connections
Every Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. a group gathers to walk, run and bike the Met Branch Trail. Join your neighbors at the Edgewood Recreation Center at 3rd and Evarts Streets, NE and check out the new trail running through NoMa. You can find out more about the Met Branch Trail through their website or join their new list serv organized by the Rails to Trails Conservancy:

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