Raze Permit Issued for Former Greyhound Station in NoMa – Will Become Storey Park

First and L Street, NE

NoMa ANC Rep [email protected] tweets the good news:

“Raze permit finally issued for old Greyhound station in @NoMaBID. Storey Park development coming soon! storeypark.com ETA 2016”

Storey Park’s website says:

“Introducing the answer to what NoMa’s been missing. The living, breathing heart of the community. With its vibrant shops and restaurants, state-of-the-art workspaces, and sleek apartments, Storey Park will be at the center of NoMa in every way. This is where people will connect with each other. Now is your chance to be a part of it.”

You can see their brochure here.


26 Comment

  • I could be wrong, but I’m guessing there won’t be a whole lot of folks shedding a tear over this one getting demolished.

    • +100000

      Hope that it looks something like Union Row on 14th Street or Bethesda Row in Bethesda. Those outdoor/mixed use spaces seem to work well.

    • Seriously. That place was sketchy as hell and I always felt unsafe on the walk to and from there.

  • Does anybody know if this include that parking lot directly south of the greyhound station on the corner of 1st & K St NE. It’d be nice if that got developed too.

  • “Introducing the answer to what NoMa’s been missing.” — It’s not a park, so it’s clearly NOT what NoMa’s been missing.

    • Exactly what i thought

    • Me too 🙁

    • Yea, silly me for thinking a place called “Storey Park” would be a public space with trees, benches, a fountain, swing sets, or some kind of exercise/recreation equipment. I’m all for development and glad to say good riddance to the nasty bus station, but this parcel could add so much more to an already urbanized neighborhood that doesn’t need additional glass boxes.

    • Dag, putting “Park” in the name just adds insult to injury, huh man?

      • They do say they’re including a park as part of their overall development, though. Better a small park than one at all!

  • All well and good, but the use of the word “park” is a bit misleading. This looks like yet another artificial community with an artificial outdoor space. I wonder if they’ll have astroturf like the outdoor space in downtown Silver Spring.
    I guess it’s good enough news for the people who will be living and working in this area. But I don’t see it becoming a place where “people will connect with each other.”

  • Not what I want to hear at the moment. Ddot has screwed traffic on 1st for the last 6 months, and the development of that corner will screw it for another year. I’m sure it’ll be nice when it’s done, but for now…uggh.

    -Weary 1st St. Office Traveler

    • The Red Line drops you off a block from here.

    • accendo

      Exactly! They need to wait until Washington Gas is done on L St, DC Water is done on K St, and the reconstruction of 1st St NE is done. Way too much construction right there at the moment!

  • andy

    Aw man. Where will I go for pickups by sketchy fake cabs at 3AM?

  • It’ll be interesting to see if they get any tenants for the workspaces once it is built. The weird building at 1st NE and K right by the tracks has (almost) no tenants and the one across the street is almost empty too. The apartments in the area seem to do better, but I wouldn’t want to live right next to the tracks. I work across the street and thought I’d get used to the train noise, but haven’t. The problem is that it isn’t just the odd train, but it is constant noise from it being a train station.

    And I agree with a poster above about the road work. My biggest irritation is all the dust. I never understood why they fixed the street/sidewalks before they built this building. Why not do it all at the same time so the place is a cluster all at once.

  • I honestly have some cool memories of catching buses and having layovers here (in the 80s, before I moved to DC). Never had any personal issues with crime. The intersection of lives that you encountered at bus stations of old could just be fascinating. There were druggies, hustlers and such for sure, but also just hard working people, families, old people, college kids, artists, soldiers, immigrants, etc. During a long late night layover, everyone seemed to have a story to tell. Where do such spaces exist in our society now?

    • People still have stories to tell, they just do it online instead of talking to the guy next to them.

    • I totally agree with you on your comment. The demolition of this Greyhound Terminal is extremely sad (at least to me). It was D.C.’s one ‘and’ only 1970’s/80’s era Greyhound Terminal, and now it’s about to be completely gone. It was built by an architect that built other Greyhound Terminals in other cities (like Philadelphia and Richmond for example), so it looked similar to these other Greyhound Terminals that were built in other cities, but it didn’t look exactly the same. It was unique to D.C., just like Philadelphia’s is unique to Philadelphia and Richmond’s is unique to Richmond… but they all had similar features like the blue tiles that adorned the walls, and the Modernist architectural style. Anyway, enough of my blabbing! It might not have been the most beautiful building, but it did have character. Yuppies don’t understand this concept, but a lot of adventurous people would. Union Station’s parking garage just doesn’t have the true Greyhound Bus Station look or feel to it.

      By the way, Philadelphia and Richmond have no plans in the near future to demolish their 1970’s/80’s era Greyhound Terminals, while D.C. is demolishing theirs.

  • How recently was this structure used as a Greyhound station?

    • Not very long. About a year ago (maybe a bit longer) they moved the Greyhound operation from this building up to Union Station.

  • I don’t suppose anyone was able to figure out if the apartments are rentals or condos? (I’m guessing the former since that seems to be all that NoMa is offering these days, but it couldn’t hurt to be a little hopeful.)

  • I remember moving from Wisconsin to DC to attend AU in 1997. I took Greyhound to/from NYC and when I returned to DC it was so late there were no cabs. So I started walking, trying to find Massachusetts Avenue. Not knowing any better, i walked North instead of South and through those really awful projects that used to be in the area. A guy walked out of his house and told me that I looked (scrawny little twink boy that I was at the time, probably still with glitter in my hair from a weekend dancing at the Limelight) like I “didn’t belong there” and that he was going to give me a ride home before I “got myself killed.” He drove me all the way up to Tenleytown and wouldn’t let me give him any money. Fun times…

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