Penn Commons to Open on August 4th

Penn Commons (facebook | twitter), from the Passion Food Hospitality Group, is set to open on Saturday August 2nd Monday August 4th (editor’s note: Penn Commons facebook and twitter had conflicting dates). The restaurant at the 700 Sixth Street NW space next to the Verizon Center looks totally ready to go. Signage is in place, tables set, and even menus posted in the windows beside the front door.

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Chef Jeff Tunks cultivates partnerships with local farmers to showcase outstanding U.S. products in his signature dishes at Penn Commons, such as his Grilled Creekstone Farms Premium Beef Skirt Steak with Whiskey Peppercorn sauce.

Beer lovers will score at the Penn Commons U-shaped central bar pouring, 40 CraftBeers on tap from each ale-producing state in the US.

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New Billboards at 4th & K

It took a while, but the billboard panels for the fence at the north perimeter of the 300 K Street parking lot have recently been installed. The fence was erected in November 2013 in a way that always foreshadowed the eventual installation of integrated billboards.

New Billboard at 4th & K

New Billboard at 4th & K

The billboard advertises the opportunity for the 300K office building The Wilkes Company plans to eventually build on this site as part of their overall Mount Vernon Place master planned development. Although Wilkes now seems to be branding the project 901 4th Street – which is actually the address of the current MVT CID offices in the former Madrigal Lofts sales trailer. It could be that what they were once calling 300K may now be subdivided into two different buildings.
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Kids in the Triangle

The Kids in the Triangle (KITT) group is a listserv for parents and family members of children who live, work, and play in the Mount Vernon Triangle (MVT), Mount Vernon Square and Shaw neighborhoods.  No longer just condo buildings and parking lots, KITT can be a place to help a new parent find a nanny, join a child’s yoga class or look to borrow a pack n play.

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To join KITT you can find the listserv at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/kidsinthetriangle or please email us at kidsinthetriangle@gmail.com for more information.

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Candidate Petitions for ANC due August 6th

This November all of our ANC commissioners will be up for re-election. ANCs consider a wide range of policies and programs affecting their neighborhoods, including traffic, parking, recreation, street improvements, liquor licenses, zoning, economic development, police protection, sanitation and trash collection, and the District’s annual budget

Prospective ANC candidates must obtain nomination petitions from the Board of Elections and return the petitions by Wednesday August 6th with at least 25 signatures from residents of their Single Member District (SMD). On November 4th, Election Day, the voters will make their selection. The winning candidates will take office after noon on January 2nd once they are sworn in.

Map of ANC6E with Single Member Districts

Map of ANC6E with Single Member Districts

Most of the Commissioners in ANC6E (map above) have served us well. I routinely hear praise regarding Rachelle Nigro and Marge Maceda from Mount Vernon Triangle residents. On the other hand I have heard nothing but frustration surrounding an inability to contact Alfreda Judd by residents of SMD 6E07. I’ve been told on numerous occasions that Alfreda Judd has no email address and the phone number she provided goes to her mother and messages are never returned.  You can’t effectively represent your SMD if you are not accesible to your constituents. We need an alternative in 6E07. This is a call to Sonata and Madrigal residents – will someone consider running for ANC to better represent us in 2015/6?

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Provide Your Feedback for Playable Art DC on Saturday

Many of you may have heard that the DC Office of Planning (OP) selected the Mount Vernon Triangle community as one of three Washington, DC locations for a Playable Art DC installation. On Saturday, the Playable Art DC team will conduct design workshops with neighbors of all ages (see flyer). You may also participate in the feedback process via an online survey about play available at http://svy.mk/1nE6qyM

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This is an exciting chance for kids, families and adults to help design the art (and playable art) which will stand in our neighborhood.   Come by Busboys and Poets or the FRESHFARM Market on Saturday to express your desire for playable art in the Triangle!

[Editors Note: We first posted on this event on July 8th, but this is very important and worthy of a reminder]

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Carnegie Library Redevelopment Meeting on July 23

The National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC), in coordination with Events DC, invite you to attend a Section 106 consultation meeting for the proposed redevelopment of the Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 11am – 12:30pm. As reported last September, the redevelopment aims to relocate the Spy Museum to the Carnegie Library site. The transformation of the Carnegie Library would incorporate a new glass atrium on the north side of the building.

Carnegie Library image from Wikipedia

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Pedestrian Safety Issues at MVT intersections on Mass Ave

Last Friday, the MVT CID submitted a letter to DDOT Director Matthew Brown about the pedestrian safety issues at 4th & Mass Ave and 5th & Mass Ave.

The MVT CID has received numerous complaints from members of our community about the unsafe conditions at these two intersections. They have submitted 311 requests to both the Mayor’s command center and DDOT. They also met with members of your DDOT staff on May 8, 2014 and discussed these intersections. Unfortunately, the issues have not been resolved. There continues to be concern that the conditions at these intersections will result in a pedestrian fatality if not addressed. In fact, in 2013 a pedestrian fatality did occur at 4th & Mass and another pedestrian was struck a month later.

Notes from memo to DDOT; Click to enlarge

Notes from memo to DDOT; Click to enlarge

Clearly, reconfiguration for construction at 4th & Mass has made the safety situation worse. The area is more chaotic and the crossing signals shorter. It is very difficult to balance construction and accessibility. Clearly some inconvenience is inevitable, but is DDOT doing less than they reasonably could be expected to do to limit the impact on pedestrians? Also, what are your thoughts on the 5th & Mass intersection?

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Cobbs Park at 2nd/Mass/H Closed During Street Construction

As construction related to the 3rd Street Tunnel project continues the park at 2nd/Mass/H, sometimes referred to as Cobbs Park, has been closed. The current construction is performing utility relocation as a precursor to the Capital Crossing air rights development.

Shortly after the 3rd Street Tunnel related construction began the park become enclosed on 3 sides by chain link fencing. During that time past issues of safety/security/sanitation related to homeless at the park at Cobbs Park had again ramped up. On Saturday June 28th at 2:44am a shooting/homicide occurred at/near the park. In the last week the extra step to fully enclose the area in fencing and close the park for the remainder of construction was taken.

Be aware issues at Cobbs Park appear to be shifting to 2nd/NJ Park

Be aware issues at Cobbs Park appear to be shifting to 2nd/NJ Park

Please be aware that many of the individuals causing issues at Cobbs Park simply shifted to a park at 2nd and New Jersey Ave NW.
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Museum Square Saga Just Beginning

Earlier this month we highlighted news that Museum Square Apartments will not be renewing its Section 8 housing status. In order to adhere to the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA) an offer of sale has been issued to the tenants of $250,000,000 – which equates to over $830,000 per unit. Clearly not fair market value for the existing state of the units and more of a price driven by the raze and redevelopment potential of the land. The assessed value of the property is $36 million.

Museum Square Apartments at 401 K Street NW

Museum Square Apartments at 401 K Street NW

Aaron Wiener of the Washington City Paper’s Housing Complex recently penned a two-part update on this situation. Part one outlined many of the details and is supported by quotes from affected residents. Part two highlights legislation At-large Councilmember David Catania is trying to push through to regulate TOPA for Section 8 housing buildings to make it adhere strictly to the assessed value. Considering Catania is the major opponent for Murial Bowser in the 2014 Mayoral election this issue could become a major political lightning rod.
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Assault at Safeway on July 2nd

The Washington Blade thoroughly recaps an assault that occurred at the 5th & L Safeway on July 2nd. According to the report a gay man was assaulted by an unstable young black woman for asking “are you in line.” The suspect called the victim a “faggot” during the assault. When it was broken up the Safeway security guards escorted the woman off the premises rather than detain her for police.

The above video footage of the person of interest in the case was posted by DC MPD to Youtube.

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