Following the October announcement of its first public park at Third and L streets NE, the District’s NoMa neighborhood will soon get a second park on a two-acre piece of land purchased from Pepco. Bordered by the Metropolitan Branch Trail, New York Avenue NE, and Harry Thomas Way NE, the land sold for $14 million.
The NoMa Parks Foundation announced the deal today in a press release, citing $50 million in capital investments that the nonprofit received as a grant from the D.C. Council in 2013.
“With more than 36,000 people living in greater NoMa today and more than 7,000 new homes in the near-term pipeline, a diverse collection of parks and open space is essential,” said NoMa Parks Foundation President Robin-Eve Jasper, in a statement. “The acquisition of two acres of land for a park in NoMa means we have made good on our priority commitment to create a park, adequately-sized and suitable for a variety of recreational activities – and do so before the opportunity might be foreclosed forever,” added Charles (Sandy) Wilkes, the organization’s chairman.
While few details were made available about the design of and timeframe for building out the site, the park has the working name of “NoMa Green.”
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