Mount Vernon Square District Project

The DC Office of Planning is hosting an open forum on the Mount Vernon Square District Project this Thursday October 1st.

Office of Planning shares the following information on the project:

This project is designed to generate implementation‐driven solutions for specific transportation, public realm and real estate challenges and opportunities in the blocks, streets, and reservations surrounding Mount Vernon Square.

Project Goals

  • Create a distinctive and sustainable place.
  • Solve traffic and circulation issues to create a multi-modal hub and appealing pedestrian environment.
  • Maintain a deep sense of history and local meaning.
  • Create clear links in all directions to other key destinations.
  • Maximize the draw of this area as a local destination.
  • Improve and activate open spaces.

The Office of Planning (OP) and District Department of Transportation (DDOT) are working with an urban design, planning, real estate, and transportation team to provide consultant services that include technical analysis and the development of designs, solutions and concepts for the mix of uses, programming and identity, transportation and traffic, sustainability and public realm solutions for the Mount Vernon Square District. The team will also calculate the financial benefit associated with making public and private investment in this area considering the District budget, total area of corridor retail and commercial property, property values and tax revenue, estimated sales tax revenues, number of residential units, and benefits from tourism.

The project was initiated in May, 2009 and will include a 28 week long planning process. It will build on ongoing projects like the K Street Transit Way and previous studies like the Mount Vernon Square Design Workbook, Mount Vernon Triangle Action Agenda and Center City Action Agenda, including the Convention Center Area Strategic Development Plan. In the Center City Action Agenda, the project was recommended as a way to coordinate public and private investment in order to support Mount Vernon Square as a great destination in the city. To date, the project team has conducted one‐on‐one interviews, reviewed past planning and transportation studies, compiled critical information, and conducted preliminary analysis. Once complete, the project will be used to guide District agencies, property owners, developers, and other stakeholders in creating synergies among proposed developments and land uses, in making public and private investments and undertaking implementation, and in design, programming, and promotional activities.

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    Anonymous says

    I almost get killed daily at that intersection by cars ignoring traffic laws at both 7th and K and Mass and 9th. If the police would ever ticket the offenders on a repeated basis, we would take care of 90 percent of the problem there for pedestrians. Or — how about a Barnes Dance intersection.

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    IMGoph says

    what do you think about making traffic around the square one-way counterclockwise, like around lincoln park or stanton park on the hill?

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    Anonymous says

    The problem is that the cars are not yielding to pedestrians. They are also turning illegally from the middle lane. And they are speeding around the buses. I don't know that one-way around the square would fix that. But something needs to be done now before we have a major accident.

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    Anonymous says

    There's also a big problem when you come north in 7th – the lane to yurn west (left) onto the square is too small, and traffic builds up in the center lane (esp. traffic coming from K). This causes gridlock at 7th and the SW corner of the square, as well as forcing northbound cars to merge to the far right to get by. I do this sance every day, and every day it's an issue – backing up traffic on 7th sometimes all the way to H.

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    si says

    Traffic & pedestrian safety definitely figure prominently in this process. It is so important for neighbors to be heard in this process (hopefully the last in a long line of studies…) If you cant make the meeting to submit your feedback, email your thoughts to emily.yates(at)

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    RobA says

    As I stated at the MVSNA meeting last week, if DDOT won't listen to us regarding the dabgerous intersection at 5th and New York Avenues NW, why should we expect them to listen to us now?

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    FourthandEye says

    @RobA – This project is led by Office of Planning (OP). Ultimately streetscape and traffic improvements proposed by OP need to be implemented by DDOT. But at this stage of the process OP is leading the way.