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WASHINGTON, DC-Continuing to burnish its green bona fides, NoMA will be the site of a 1,700-sf bike transit facility. The building, at the west end of Union Station, is being constructed by the District of Columbia’s Department of Transportation for $4 million. It will offer secure bicycle parking, rentals, repairs, and accessories. The glass-enclosed, helmet-shaped structure will initially accommodate about 150 bikes.

The station will be the first of its kind on the East Coast, according to NoMA BID President Liz Price. Such cities as Chicago, Seattle and several in California have built or are building similar structures. They are becoming popular throughout Europe and Japan as well.

Since its inception, the NoMa BID has prided itself on developing this emerging part of town, Price tells GlobeSt.com. “The bike facility furthers our efforts in this regard. Also it will be an attractive amenity to future tenants,” she says. Most of the 20 million sf plus of residential, office and hotel development in the submarket is being designed to LEED standards. Last year NoMa was accepted into the LEED for Neighborhood Development program, a pilot project by the US Green Building Council incorporating the principles of smart growth, urbanism, and green building into the first national rating system for neighborhood design. Price says that the BID is now getting the paperwork together to submit to the certification process.

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