LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — A new NoMa apartment building is touting a rather unusual amenity — a community dog.
2M Street is very pet-friendly, and even has its own private dog park. “Emmy,” a miniature English bulldog, is just part of the package.
Pre-leasing for the building wont begin until summer, but the complex already has a blog that has featured a “Frequently Asked Questions” post about Emmy.
“Emmy makes us smile every day and we wanted our residents to experience that warm welcome when they come to visit us in the leasing office,” the post says. “It’s about building our own community in the building. Plus, dogs just make everything a little better.”
Holli Beckman, the Vice President of marketing and leasing operations for the real estate firm that owns the building, got the idea for an apartment dog after sitting in a café one day and spotting a person across the street walking a bulldog puppy.
She says several people actually crossed the street to greet the pup.
“It just kind of dawned on me ‘Oh my god, this is what brings people happiness,’” she said.
But, it took several months of talking about the idea to bring her coworkers around to it.
“Pretty much everyone thought I was kidding,” she said. “And understandably — I told them I was hiring a dog.”
But now Emmy is a not-so-productive member of the staff (she takes a lot of naps), and it’s part of the live-in property manager’s job description to take care of her. When the building opens later this year, she will be in the leasing office all day — in a specially made dog house built to resemble 2 M Street, no less — and go home with him at night.
Residents will be allowed to play with her inside or take her for walks in the dog park. Beckman said she’s happy to bring “puppy love” to people whose busy schedules don’t necessarily allow for pets, or to people who can’t keep pets for other reasons.
Until the building opens, future residents or those who just want to keep up with Emmy’s day-to-day activities can follow her on Instagram.