Date(s) - May 17, 2024
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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LAIGW is having a walking tour of the Union Market District.

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Program Description

LAIGW is hosting a tour of the Union Market District! This tour replaces our traditional luncheon meeting for May. The tour will be led by Bill Caldwell, Chief Development Officer at Edens. The tour will be followed by a happy hour for participants at a Union Market location. Information on a specific gathering place the day of the tour will be sent prior to the event, as well as the location for the happy hour.

After falling into disrepair in the 1980s and 1990s, the Union Market District is being revived. as a destination for restaurant and nightlife, and high-rise apartments, office building, retail and entertainment options are being developed to complement the focal point of Union Market.

Union Market was formally known as Union Terminal Market . It became an important part of the Washington food infrastructure to feed a growing city population. It featured retail and wholesales stores as well as a farmers’ market. The market ran into trouble with the city in the 1960s due to its failure to comply with sanitation and safety standards. A new building was completed in 1967 to replace the original market, and is today the food hall carrying the name “Union Market”.

The Union Market Historic District was designated in 2016. In 2017 the Office of Planning and District of Columbia Department of Transportation developed Florida Market (Union Market) streetscape guidelines that shape public space for all streets in the market and those that define its boundary.

To learn more about the history of the area, follow this link:

Presenter Bio

Bill Caldwell leads the Development team at EDENS. His expertise has transformed the company’s approach to all aspects of development and design, from master planning to sustainability.

Bill has more than 35 years of experience in development, master planning, urban design and architecture. At EDENS, Bill’s vision for building and enriching communities touches all these aspects. He brings unique accountability to EDENS by integrating development, planning, entitlement, design and construction. Bill is an AICP Certified Planner and LEED Accredited Professional, leading EDENS’ sustainability initiatives since the Taskforce was established in 2008.

Prior to joining EDENS, Bill led RTKL’s Urban Design Practice based in Washington, DC, and practiced urban design and architecture in Germany for seven years. He is Chair of the Board of Directors for Montgomery Housing Partnership (MHP) and a member of Urban Land Institute (ULI). Bill received a Masters and Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Miami and a Bachelor of Science in Design Architecture from Arizona State University.

Transportation and Parking

Union Market is located at 1309 5th St NE (The Market)

Ample parking available through-out Union Market District

Metrorail Directions: Take the Red Line to the NoMA-Gallaudet U stop. Turn right on Florida Avenue NE. Turn Left on 4th Street NE or 5th Street NE to enter Union Market District.

Bus Access: Union Market District is accessible by the U St-Garfield Metrobus lines (90, 92 and 93). Bus stops are located on the north and south side of the 400 block of Florida Avenue NE with service to Adams Morgan going west and Anacostia heading south.