New Alley Street Signs

imageimageThank to the Mount Vernon Triangle CID, new street signs have been added to the neighborhood to show the location of two historic streets. Both 4 1/2 Street NW and Prather’s Alley are now officially designated with this signage. Prather’s Alley is especially interesting as it was the location of private stables and various businesses in the late 1800’s. The stables ultimately disappeared to make way for one of the District’s largest bakeries of the day owned by Charles Schneider.

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Phase Three of Third Street Tunnel Began This Week

3rd_tunnel_projectPhase Three of the Third Street Tunnel Project began on February 24th. How will this phase impact the neighborhood and commuters?

  • The I-395 work zone is between D Street and New York Avenue. Planners expect no significant impact on rush-hour traffic in this phase, which continues into the summer. They do expect traffic impacts during off-peak hours, primarily overnight.
  • The ramp from southbound I-395 to Third Street will close permanently. The on-ramp will close on weekdays from midnight to 5 a.m. and on weekends from midnight to 8 a.m. Traffic will be diverted to the on ramp at Third and D streets.
  • The northbound off-ramp at Second Street NW remains open.
  • On some weeknights, southbound travel will be reduced to a single lane from 11 p.m to 5 a.m., and on some weekends from midnight to 7 a.m. The northbound side may be cut to a single lane from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. on some weekdays and on some weekends from midnight to 8 a.m.
  • Traffic fines double in work zones. Watch the speed limit.
  • These are the places drivers are most likely to see delays during the hours when lanes are closed: New York Avenue at the Third Street Tunnel entrance, New York Avenue at 4th Street NW, New York and New Jersey avenues NW, Second and D streets NW, and the tunnel entrance at Third and D streets.
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The Cantata Apartments Take a Step Forward

The Wilkes Company is taking steps to move forward with its apartment project at 801 Third St. NW which is currently called The Cantata. According to an article in Elevation DC, this 324-unit building will begin once cost estimates and detailed plans are completed. This project is located on a vacant city-owned lot adjacent to Mount Carmel Baptist Church and is a joint venture of The Wilkes Company, Quadrangle Development and Mount Carmel Baptist Church.

Latest rendering of Cantata/801 3rd St NW

Latest rendering of Cantata/801 3rd St NW

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Will Museum Square Be Razed?

Museum Square Apartments at 401 K Street NW

Museum Square Apartments at 401 K Street NW

The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) issued its list of raze permit applications this month and it included Museum Square, the Section 8 apartment building located at 401 K St. NW. The owner, Bush Companies out of Williamsburg, VA, had previously withdrawn its notice that it was opting out of its Section 8 contract and selling the building. The raze permit still requires an offer of sale be made to the tenants.

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Philos Coming Soon

PhilosThe sign is up. A new Mediterranean restaurant , Philos, will be opening in the old Tel’ Veh location at 401 Massachusetts Ave. NW. A Facebook page has been created as well as a website, philosdc.com which has a mailing list subscription.

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No Strip Club at H – Meeting Tonight

The owner of Chinatown Coffee and residential neighbor of 477 H Street NW, Max Brown, has alerted us to a proposal for a Vegas-style strip club at that location (5th and H St NW) by Douglas Development.

477 H St NW

477 H St NW

This recently purchased property is next to several properties with school-age children including the home next door to it. The ANC is meeting tonight, Monday, February 9th at Feb 9th at 6:30 PM, at MLK Library Basement to discuss this use.

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It’s Ladies Night

Ladies Night PosterGet in line early because it is the annual ladies night again at Ace Hardware. Last year, the line started an hour in advance. For those that have reserved a spot, you are sure to have a great time at this event which has gotten bigger and better every year.

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Happy First Anniversary Silo

SiloSilo is celebrating its first anniversary tomorrow, January 24th, with a community party starting at 10 p.m. Enjoy small bites, a DJ, dancing and featured cocktails. I would like to also offer a personal word of thanks for taking a property with a checkered history and turning it into a wonderful community asset. Look forward to what you have to offer as you enter your second year!

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Busboys Hosting State of the Union Watch Event Tonight

DF14_9_19_ThaisBanners-03-SOne of the unique benefits of living in the Mount Vernon Triangle is watching the Presidential motorcade go by the condo after the annual State of the Union speech. This year, Busboys and Poets will be hosting a State of the Union watch party followed by a discussion at the 5th and K Busboys and Poets from 8 to 10:30 p.m. This event is hosted by Impact-DC. Besides being in the US Capitol, there may not be a better way to participate in this annual event. Events like this are yet another reason I love living in the Triangle!

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