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Early last year, the six-story building at 131 M St. NE was renamed “One NoMa Station” by developers—among the first places to embrace the neighborhood’s hip new moniker. Yet that name is nowhere to be found on the building; a red illuminated sign at its top reads “Union Station Telecom Center.” The building, once a warehouse for the Woodward & Lothrop department store, was redeveloped in 2000 as a “telecom hotel” for high-tech network equipment; it attracted such star-crossed tenants as Global Crossing and Teleglobe before both filed for bankruptcy protection. Now the building sits, renamed in theory but vacant. Andrew Pellman, who handles the building for San Francisco developer the Bristol Group, says a federal-government tenant is likely for the 408,400-square-ft. facility. As for the sign, Pellman says, once a tenant is found, “Telecom Center” will come down and “NoMa” will go up. —Mike DeBonis