Capitol Crossing, the $1.3 billion project at 3rd and Massachusetts Ave. NW, officially broke ground this morning. In four years, Capitol Hill will be reconnected with the east end of the downtown. The seven acre project includes 70,000 square feet of new retail space, the District’s first eco-district, pedestrian plazas, commercial office space and more.
The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District (MVT CID) will be bringing back the popular FRESHFARM Farm Stand at 5th & K Streets NW on Saturday May 16th. This year, The Triangle Blog (mvtriangleblog.com) will be one of the three major sponsors. I will have a table most weekends if you want to stop by to meet me and learn about housing in the neighborhood. The first weekend will be a great kickoff with Spring Fest in the Triangle which will feature live music, children’s games and crafts, BicycleSpace promotions and more. Be sure to stop by between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m
Douglas Development and its contractor have provided a great time-lapse video of the Eagle for its 655 New York Ave construction project. This 880-ton building may be the largest move of its kind. The building was moved 34 feet in an effort to preserve it and integrate it into the construction.
The ongoing saga of Museum Square Apartments at K and 4th St NW continues with plans for 825 condominium units.
Washington City Paper reports that two buildings are planned by Bush Companies that will be a combination of over 800 condominium and apartment units. More legal issues loom as the current residents with some City Council support are fighting to keep the existing buildings and their current homes.
By now, all property owners in the Mount Vernon Triangle should have received their BID Tax bill. This tax payment funds the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Investment District (MVT CID), a 501(c) 6 nonprofit organization established to enhance the overall quality of life for residents, employees, visitors and property owners in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood. The MVT CID is a designated geographic area in which the property owners pay a supplementary real property tax in order to provide funds for the following services:
- Clean Team Ambassadors to help keep MVT clean, safe, and well-landscaped
- Public realm maintenance and enhancements
- Marketing, communications and economic development
- Advocacy with public and private sector decision makers
- Planning and transit enhancements
- Community building and special events
The BID tax bills for the second half of fiscal year 2015 were sent out by regular last week. Bills are due to the DC Office of Tax and Revenue by April 1, 2015. Non-payment incurs additional penalties and interest.
You can visit http://www.mountvernontriangle.org/about/bid-tax-payment-instructions to get more information and learn about the best methods pf payment. And as of March 1st, 2015, you can now pay your bill online by going to the Tax Payer Service Center website: https://www.taxpayerservicecenter.com/RP_Search.jsp?search_type=Assessment. Just enter your square and lot numbers (ex: 0528 0001) you’ll be able to access your property information. Select “View Tax Information” and “Click here to make payment” to pay your BID tax.
Do not assume that your mortgage lender will pay this bill as it is not part of most escrow accounts. And although the MVT CID has not, to date, pursued non-payers, property owners will pay the entire past due amount along with accrued penalties and interest upon the sale of your property.
The latest apartments to arrive in the Triangle, 450K, are having an open house on Thursday, March 19th from 6 to 8 p.m. This event is your chance to check out the building and its amenities including the rooftop lounge. They will have refreshments and appetizers provided by Busboys and Poets as well as a drawing for a $200 Ticketmaster Gift Card.
Important neighborhood issues are scheduled on the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6E’s (ANC) agenda on Tuesday, March 3rd, 6:30 p.m. at the Shaw Library, 1639 7th Street NW. Most importantly, the Ottamen Taverna which will be located at 4th and I Street NW is requesting support for its liquor license. A presentation by Gospel Ministries is also on the night’s agenda.