Updated at 2:46PM on 12/20/2013 to insert renderings.
Last night Ivan Matthews of the Deputy Mayor of Economic Development hosted a meeting to showcase the four finalists for the 5th & I development RFP. Below is my quick and dirty recap of the proposals.
The common themes of the four development proposals was that community engagement and park improvements were necessary components. So was adhering to LEED Silver standards. The district also requires that some contribution to the city’s affordable housing pool be made, whether that be on-site, off-site or a sizable financial contribution. I also believe that DMPED wants the winning proposal to be able to break ground and deliver as quickly as possible as to avoid a redux of when Donohoe/Holland was awarded this parcel in 2008 and then proceeded to accomplish nothing for half a decade. To that affect none of these developers is seeking to pair this parcel with an assemblage of properties. Waiting for neighboring parcels to sell takes too much precious time.
Each development group had met with the ANC to discuss expectations and concerns. One major expectation is that the two triangle parks at 5th and I be dramatically enhanced to have programmed uses rather than the simple neglected tiny lawns they are today. This will require transferring the parks, apparently named Seaton and Milian, from the National Park Service to the district to be managed by either DPR, the MVT CID or a public private partnership. Each group seemed highly committed to fulfilling this requirement and dramatically upgrading these parks.
5th & I Development site with Seaton and Milian Parks
With those basics common elements of the way, here are the distinct highlights from each development team’s proposal:
Akridge/Jefferson Apartment Group: Mixed-use residential with 187 market rate units and 21 affordable housing units on-site. 8,000 SF of retail including 3000SF daycare and 1000 SF of community space. Architecture from Escoff associates will essentially be in the same vein as 400 Mass and 401/425 Mass down the block. This bid also pledges to provide $200,000 to redesign Milian and Seaton Parks, and $100,000 set aside for local civic and nonprofit groups.
Akridge/JAG rendering on 12/19/2013; design by Escoff Associates
Here is a snapshot of the completed mural at on the north side of the Capital View Hostel as 3rd and I. As we discussed while painting was in progress, the mural was created by the Argentinian artist EVER as part of the The Murals Project series from Heineken.
Heineken Mural Artists LIVE! & Sunset Pop Up Party
Wednesday, September 11, 2013, from 6 to 9 p.m.
At Capital View Hostel at 301 I St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Meet the Artist/Live Painting: EVER
Music By: DJ MUNCH
Argentinean mural artist, Ever, will be painting two building murals live on Wednesday evening with music by DJ MUNCH. The walls of the Hostel, facing on K Street and 4th Streets, NW, will come to life under the brush of Ever, who is a street art artist from Buenos Aires. The mural reflects the artist’s idea that people create their unique reality and world by experiencing life events.
An in progress photo of the mural painting was shared by reader Matt T:
It’s no secret the Bicycle Space supports local street art. Before moving to their current location on 7th street, a beautiful photo/mural adorned the side of their I Street store. Once they moved to 7th street, they partnered with DCMurals and led bicycle tours around the city revisiting some of its best publicly funded street art pieces. So it’s no surprise to see a bold and colorful mural by Jay Hudson pop up on the boarded up storefront of their upcoming storage/office space on 7th street (next door to The Passenger).
Current image of the mural
What do you think of this temporary addition to the local street art scene? Read more »
A reader recently sent in the following note to the blog regarding the park at 2nd/Mass and H Streets NW.
I live at 401/425 Mass, and pass the park in the mornings and evenings frequently… over the past month or two I’ve noticed an increase in the 24/7 presence of homeless people or other loiterers… It’s one thing to pass out on a park bench, but its another when there are 30 people sprawled out with coolers, BBQing on a grill, accumulating chairs, and this morning they are now putting up tents. People are passed out all over, wandering around yelling and clearly either on drugs or off meds, or camping out in large groups.
It has gotten to be ridiculous — the other day I was walking the dog with my girlfriend and there was a clearly mentally unstable person from the park who was screaming and shaking with his pants down all along the ground floor apartments of Madrigal Lofts… it has become an unsafe environment and every morning people commuting to work cross the streets and go around because they can’t walk through the park…
This would seem like something our new CID president should aim to address after she starts the job on August 5th.
Geoff Hatchard, of the Greater Greater Washington blog, authored a detailed recap of the K Street streetscape improvements that paid special emphasis to where he felt the upgrades fell short in servicing pedestrians and cyclists. While I don’t have the time to summarize his discussion here I did feel it was a worthy link.
The former home of the Pathways Women’s Shelter at 4th & Mass NW had a gigantic wrap around billboard for Discover Card affixed to the facade yesterday. Pathways moved to Good Hope Rd in December 2012.
This past week street post banners were added by the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District (MVTCID) to Fourth Street NW within the Mount Vernon Triangle. When the K Street roadwork is complete I believe similar branding efforts will be made on that corridor.
During the final week of June the public art installation commissioned for the 300 block of I Street NW as part of the Mount Vernon Place masterplan finally arrived after years of delays. The stainless steel sculpture stands 16 feet high and was crafted by Baltimore artist Rodney Carroll. It is placed on a pedestal amongst the elevated landscaping along the Eye street edge of the Madrigal Lofts condominiums.