NoMa BID Welcomes New Parks Director
Washington, D.C., November 4, 2013 – Curtis Clay has joined the NoMa Business Improvement District to oversee the neighborhood’s parks and open space initiatives. As Director of Park and Public Realm Development, Mr. Clay will lead the collaboration between the NoMa Parks Foundation and the NoMa BID to acquire sites, design parks, and build a network of public spaces for this rapidly growing neighborhood. With the recent investment of $50 million from the District government, NoMa is moving ahead with the development of parks and open spaces.
“We wanted to be absolutely certain we had the right person on board who could oversee the timely delivery of great parks in NoMa,” said Robin-Eve Jasper, President of the NoMa BID. “We could not find a better steward than Curtis for the significant assets that have been committed for NoMa parks and open spaces.”
Curtis Clay is a licensed architect in the District of Columbia and has management experience supervising all phases of design and construction. He holds architecture degrees from both Howard University and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Formerly at Perkins & Will, he has 13 years of project experience designing and managing a wide variety of project types, including multifamily, office, embassies, parks, schools and master planning. Mr. Clay recently completed work on the design of the new Ballou High School and oversaw the highly successful redevelopment of Eastern Market (Capitol Hill’s premier neighborhood civic space) following the catastrophic fire of 2007.
For the past four years, Mr. Clay has served as the Mayor’s representative on the DC Construction Codes Coordinating Board, where he is chair of the Accessibility Technical Advisory Group.
To learn more about NoMa’s proposed parks, click here to view the framework of the NoMa Public Realm Design Plan, the initial exploration of parks and greenspaces in this neighborhood. The plan was created after months of careful analysis and with input from a cross-section of community stakeholders. Over the coming months, planners and area residents will evaluate the proposed park designs in terms of their ability to bring neighbors together and to fulfill individual, family, and community space needs and recreation requirements. Additionally, final designs will incorporate the best available thinking on urban parks, public safety, sustainability, handicapped accessibility, and ease of maintenance. To learn more, visit nomabid.wpengine.com/parks. Contact Curtis Clay at [email protected] or 202-810-0091.
NoMa is a vibrant, growing neighborhood north of Union Station and the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. In the last seven years, private developers have invested more than $5 billion in the 35-block area within the NoMa BID boundary, and have plans to develop more than 20 million square feet of additional office, residential, hotel, and retail space. With the capital investment of $50 million from the District government, NoMa will soon have great new parks and public spaces as well. NoMa is now home to 40,000 daytime workers, with 4.5 million SF of office space leased in the last 5 years. More than 3,900 apartments have been recently completed or are under construction. NoMa has 13 modes of transportation, including two Red Line Metro stops, and the best biking facilities in D.C., with the East Coast’s only Bikestation, the 8-mile Metropolitan Branch Trail, and access to six Capital Bikeshare stations. NoMa is the most connected neighborhood in Washington, D.C. The NoMa BID organizes more than 50 free award-winning community events each year, connecting more than 20,000 friends and neighbors. For more information about NoMa, visit nomabid.wpengine.com and sign up for our bimonthly newsletter. Follow us on Twitter @NoMaBID and like us on Facebook.
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Rachel L. Davis
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NoMa Business Improvement District
1200 First Street NE, Suite 310
Washington, DC 20002