Apartments with Artistic Focus
While the modern, sleek exterior look of the new apartments at First and K streets in NoMa fits in with the other office and apartment buildings that surround it, the artwork out front tells of an artistic and colorful world inside. Two works from artist John Clement, 12-foot-high steel coils in his signature bright red and cheerful orange, line the entry to the upscale 222-unit apartment building called 100K.
In keeping with the feel of NoMa, bright artwork pops out from courtyard walls and stationary installations. The work of five artists is featured throughout the building, including Kelly Towles, John Clement, Katie Pumphrey, Timothy Curtis and James Kerns.
DC artist Kelly Towles, founder of POW-WOW DC, created an abstract mural for the two-story courtyard, which is dubbed an “urban retreat” with a fire pit and enclosed seating.
The ground-floor resident lounge and conference area, perfect for working from home or playing shuffleboard with friends, are outlined with glass walls that allow views and natural light.
Katie Pumphrey, a Baltimore artist, is creating a six-by-eight-foot piece to be placed behind the concierge desk, visible from K Street. One of the many community rooms features an editioned set of eight lithographs by artist Timothy Curtis.
100K is marketing itself to urban aficionados with a rooftop pool and grilling areas and a birds-eye view of the railyards. It will also have a pet wash station (a must in NoMa) and underground car and bicycle parking.
Modern Families, Modern Homes
September saw the opening of the long-awaited fair housing project known as Plaza West in Mount Vernon Triangle. The 12-story development will feature units reserved for lower-income residents, with 50 units specifically reserved for grand-families, or grandparents raising grandchildren. That makes the Plaza West development the first of its kind in DC.
The two buildings, located at 1035 Fourth St. NW and 307 K St. NW, contain 223 units. Aside from the 50 reserved for grand-families earning 30 to 40 percent of the area median income (AMI), 173 units will serve individuals and families making 50 to 60 percent AMI, and 11 units will be set aside for Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) clients. The property also offers 9,500 square feet of outdoor recreational space, a library, children’s activity space, fitness room and community room.
“As our city continues to grow and age, we’re committed to making investments in innovative programs – in housing, education, childcare and more – that will set more families up for success,” said Mayor Bowser. “Plaza West is an example of how we are ensuring residents and families of all backgrounds and income levels have access to safe and affordable places to live across all eight wards.”
Bible Way Church is the primary sponsor of this project through its nonprofit affiliate Golden Rule Plaza Inc. The mission is to provide more affordable housing and other community-oriented assets in Mount Vernon Triangle. It is working in conjunction with Mission First and the Henson Development Company.
NoMa Green Named
The votes have been tallied and the residents of NoMa have chosen a name for their new, and largest, park currently dubbed NoMa Green. With 64 percent support, the new name will be Tanner Park, named for Alethia Browning Tanner, a slave who bought her own freedom and championed education and the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
“It has been a real journey of discovery to learn about Alethia Tanner and her incredible accomplishments,” said Robin-Eve Jasper, president of the NoMa Parks Foundation and the NoMa Business Improvement District. “As we found out more about Tanner’s story and shared it with the community, everyone embraced the opportunity to honor her legacy by naming the neighborhood’s largest park after this amazing woman.”
Residents were able to choose between four finalist names: Gales Wood, Met Branch Commons, Union Green and Tanner Park. They decided to lean on history and promote the local good works of Alethia Browning Tanner.
Tanner was born a slave in Baden, Md., around 1785. Through her work selling produce at a stand in Lafayette Park, she was able to buy her freedom and the freedom of her family and many of her friends. She funded the Bell School, the first organized school for “colored” children in DC, and became a leading funder and community head of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
“Truly, we are humbled and inspired by Alethia Tanner,” remarked Jasper. “Our hope is that by providing this well-deserved tribute, we can inspire the community with the values that drove her successful efforts to gain personal freedom and economic independence, and the freedom of others, as well as to improve educational opportunities and the church community.”
Construction is being handled by Forrester Construction and is scheduled to begin later this year and deliver in late 2019.
Taylor Barden Golden is a real estate agent with The Stokes Group at McEnearney Associates Inc. A former Hill staffer, Taylor lives in Brentwood with her husband, two dogs and a cat. She’s always on the lookout for new places to explore and ways to spend time outside. Get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org; @rtaylorb.