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.
Thank 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.
- 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.
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.