The Lexicon Condos coming to NoMa

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50 Florida Avenue, NE

The Lexicon’s website says:

“One bedroom, one bedroom with den, two bedroom, two bedroom with den residences from the high $300s. Sales begin this Spring.

Welcome to your own world-class address surrounded by the city’s best and brightest highlights, with state-of-the-art amenities and easy access to anywhere you want to go. Nothing was lost in translation when designing this new standard of NoMa excellence.

It doesn’t matter where you come from or how you say it; there’s no mistaking Washington, D.C. Whether you call it The District, The Nation’s Capital, Cap City or any other name, you’ll love calling it “home” when you own at The Lexicon.”

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More photos after the jump.

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40 Comment

  • figby

    Surrounded by the best and brightest highlights? That is laughable (as your photos demonstrate). Also, do people really say, “Cap City”?

  • samanda_bynes

    I’m glad we all came to make fun of Cap City. I came here to say that if I hear Cap City I’m gonna kick ya in the shin

  • Comes pre-haunted!

  • That intersection is already a disaster. Not sure where all that extra traffic is supposed to go…

  • Don’t forget the bright spot that is known as Dave Thomas Circle, just a few blocks away, which promises to ensnarl you in Cap City’s best traffic engineering nightmare!

  • The park nearby is an awesome hangout. Have some shared drinks and smoke some questionable substances before your bus arrives.

  • If I remember correctly, I used to buy ice luges here for our Adams Morgan house parties circa 2006. RIP ice luges, ammarite?

    • Kegs too. They went out of business in 2011 because the rent was too damn high (I went to rent a keg and they gifted me a couple 30 racks…)

    • Yup, bought ice luges and kegs here up through 2010 for our grad school parties. Really good prices.
      Where’s a good distributor nowadays? Asking for an entirely too old “friend.”

    • RIP houses in Adams Morgan that the sort of people who would have ice luges at their parties can afford to rent!

  • These superblock developments going up in the NoMA/Florida Ave strip are just so impersonal and don’t induce people to engage with the streetscape (i.e. walk). These developments are basically parked along a highway into PG County. Do people who live along here just drive or call Uber to get everywhere? I can’t think of a less appealing place to walk around, especially at night as drunk drivers speed out of town.

    • Don’t fully agree with this… I think there’s a pretty good chance more retail, etc will finally happen in the area if density goes up a bit. Safety will hopefully improve, too.

    • I gotta disagree with you here. I live in one of these new buildings and walk many places, as do many other residents/neighbors. I’ll give you that there aren’t a ton of retail/dining options along this portion of Florida Avenue yet, but hopefully they’ll come as this area continues to develop. Gotta start somewhere, right?

    • The 90 buses are incredible and will take you to tenleytown, Adams Morgan, U st, H st, Eastern Market, Waterfront. Oh, and there’s the Red Line 5 minute walk down the street. You’re right in that both Florida Ave and New York Ave are busy thoroughfares into PG. Though interestingly, I don’t hear you lamenting about folks’ decisions to live along major thoroughfares to MoCo (Connecticut, Wisconsin, 16th St).

      • Scrillin

        Yeah, no one ever complains about the traffic on Connecticut or Wisconsin, and how unfriendly it is to pedestrians who try to cross those avenues.

    • This is nonsense. Retail comes after people move in, not before. With this and the other development going in behind it on Q Street (and the one across the street on P/Florida and the several going in West of this on Florida, that will all come in time. Better this than a dead space/empty warehouse. I live just a few blocks over in Truxton and can’t wait. Hoping this spurs some cleanup on North Cap between NY and FL Aves.

    • Well, I agree with above that it’s still early days for transformation of this neighborhood but also think this is trickier to transform than some of the other areas in the city… Dave Thomas Circle + the horrible Exxon + Big Ben + the rail yard makes me think this will remain a challenge to turn this into a really well-connected and vibrant area…

    • I agree these superblock developments aren’t particularly interesting a streetlevel. The are too monotenous and the retail spaces are too big to have the intiment urban streetscape feel. The marginal increase in retail demand/pedestrian activity from 140 units will be modest at best. More than likely this will be an empty windswept dead zone until the surrounding area is far more developed. Even then, Fl Ave will never have the organic mixed-urban charm of Adams-Morgan or 14th street.

      All that being said, I think this is a case where it is still better than what it is replacing: a big warehouse and a parking lot. This won’t be great urbanism anytime soon, but it will be better urbanism.

    • figby

      I agree with this. Major disappointment that so much of the new development around town has so little concern for the street level. Even the retail level at the Shay is unattractive and off-putting. The design is so after-thought and tacked-on.

  • Accountering

    I have never heard anyone call it “Cap City” ever.

    • Cap City Brewery, and that has been around for awhile. Other than that I can’t think of another established reference.

      There is a ton of potential to this development, but it’s still in the weird stage of isolation. Still, 2 blocks from Big Bear/Bloomingdale, 2 blocks to the Harris Teeter/NoMa, 2 blocks to the new U-line/REI building and whatever is replacing the Burger King, another couple of blocks to Union Market, etc. It’s smack dab in the middle of a bunch of stuff that is still in the pipeline. Remember, predictions are for NoMa to be the *densest* populated area in the entire region in the next 5 years given everything that is being developed.

  • Maybe the Eckingtonian in me is a little sensitive here, but why does it seem that developers think NoMa spans from Mass Ave all the way up to Brookland?? Heck, even Google Maps is in on the joke – when you search for NoMa, there’s a ridiculously gerrymandered cut-out of Eckington and Truxton Circle; apparently the top border is along the MBT, down R St to Eckington Pl, through the alley after Quincy (but not all the way through the block, just half way!), west about 14 feet on Q St, down to the dead-end of 1st St, through the alley again, before looping north to include the NY Pizza at the corner of North Capital and Florida…

    But if the NoMa BID wants to annex a small island up closer to Rhode Island Ave and call it “NoMaNorth” and it improves my property values, I’ll take it!

    • It is also the Near Northeasterner in me that agrees with your point. NOMA does not stretch to 9th Street NE.

    • I’m pretty sure what you’ve described is technically NOMA and not Eckington. At least in terms of what the BID covers. This has been discussed before. I would call this Eckington myself, but c’est la vie. Eckington seems to be north Q Street.

  • It’s so funny that in so many other developments where developers should’ve put balconies, thee guys choose to put a bunch on this project. No one want’s to sit on a balcony and watch bumper to bumper traffic and deal with honking horns.

    • Balconies can allow them to push up the price. It’s an amenity that probably returns 2x to 3x its cost of installation. When building for condo, they tend to build nicer. When building for rentals, they try to minimize cost as much as possible.

  • People are giving this area a lot of flack. I don’t disagree there are present day challenges, but i do disagree about the potential as a walkable, vibrant neighborhood centered around connectivity. People have to remember, this is one of the “youngest” neighborhoods in DC. 10-15 years ago this area was still an industrial pass through – with real estate that supported a fading use in DC (50 years ago it was quite vibrant). And the area was a byproduct of that need. NY Ave and N Cap being lowered/raised to make for high speed commuting and out of DC. But then the metro opened in 2004, and this whole area was designated to change; driven by 3 factors: 1. a BID that supported and promoted Development (and provided continuity planning) 2. Cheap Land (relatively speaking) 3. Flexibile Zoning laws. — In fact, i think that is one of the things that makes this area (one of) the most exciting neighborhoods in DC – it has the opportunity to connect previously disconnected ‘hoods that in and alone are unique, have great character, history, and architecture – bloomingdale, northeast, eckington, truxton, union market, union station, H St etc. If i were a young urban professional, this is where i would be moving as an investment *(PS, not affiliated with this condo marketing team, just really like urban planning)

    • I hear you. I live in Truxton and am excited to see a lot of the development over in NOMA expand not just east of NOMA, but also north up Florida and along North Capitol. For many of us who live in Truxton, NOMA has the nearest grocery store, CVS, Starbucks, and a few other food options. And obviously the Metro. It’s such a dead zone to get there if you walk down Florida or from P Street to Florida and frankly too dangerous/disturbing to walk down North Cap and across New York Avenue. Development that enhances the connectivity between NOMA and the neighborhoods North and West of it is great. My hope is that it will make redevelopment along North Cap in that general area come more rapidly. That stretch of North Cap between NY and FLA/RI Avenues is such a blight. Slowly but surely. That all said, I think an enormous obstacle will continue to be the unfriendly traffic along Florida, New York, and North Capitol. There really needs to be a much broader approach to solving the issues with traffic flow there. The congestion is horrible along North Capitol with cars exiting to New York Avenue and then from New York Avenue onto Florida (and vice versa). It is so bad that it pushes heavy congestion on the neighboring streets in Truxton Circle (1st and New Jersey).

  • I’d hope that this would have street-level retail, but the rendering doesn’t show any (most of the street level in the rendering is hidden by trees) and there’s no mention of it in the text. Too bad; seems like that would have increased foot traffic and thus “walkability” (as far as the safety factor).

    • it does – about 8,000 SF of ground floor retail. hopefully something unique and catering to local residents. something like a hardware store/coffee/cafe – please not a boost mobile store.

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