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This Morning in NoMa

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Over 500 joined us at Brookfield's 77 K St for our Future of NoMa event this morning, where attendees heard MRP founding principal Fred Rothmeijer (flanked by moderator Chip Glasgow of Holland & Knight and NoMa BID president Robin-Eve Jasper) say that NoMa is ahead of fellow emerging submarket Southeast in locking in office tenants, thanks to a wave of GSA moves to the neighborhood in recent years.

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StonebridgeCarras principal Doug Firstenberg, developer of the neighborhood's Constitution Square and long NoMa backer, says that the arrival of Harris Teeter in late 2010 made a difference andthat grocery stores are often "the foundation for a neighborhood." Doug adds that NoMa's succeeded in attracting "feet on the street" (office workers), but now must shift its focus to luring in "heads in beds"--residents. (We snapped Doug with his eyes closed to demonstrate best bed practices.)

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77 K offered a great look at the burgeoning NoMa landscape and views of neighborhood landmarks like Gonzaga High (in between the two office buildings).

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Thanks again to the standing-room only crowd that came out this morning, and stay tuned for more coverage of the event tomorrow.