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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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Playable Art DC Event on July 19

As we reported on July 1st, the Mount Vernon Triangle was selected as one of 3 sites to be part of the Playable Art DC initiative. The Playable Art DC team is now set to conduct design workshops with neighbors of all ages and is soliciting feedback via an online survey available at http://svy.mk/1nE6qyM. The below flyer is for the Mount Vernon Triangle sessions that will occur at 5th & K on Saturday July 19th.

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After the workshop information is gathered for all the sites, OP will release a call for designers.

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FreshFarm Food Stand at 5th & K This Summer

The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District (MVTCID) has secured a new market operator for this upcoming summer. FreshFarm Markets will operate a farm stand on the sidewalk plaza in front of City Vista at 5th and K Streets NW. Beginning Saturday June 7th the market will operate from 10 AM to 1 PM and will continue each Saturday morning through October 25th.

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We have had markets in past years at 5th & I that I think most of us would deem failures. I’m encouraged by the plan for this summer and feel it is better positioned for success. This new launch is headed by new leadership at the MVTCID and a new market operator in FreshFarm (past was Chef Kenac; Diverse Market Management). These new groups understand a small food market is better suited to what residents desire than the past market littered with crafts and t-shirts. FreshFarm has been sucessfully operating the Penn Quarter market for years.  I also feel 5th & K is a more vibrant and more accessible location than the asphalt parking lot behind chained linked fence the past markets called home at 5th & I. Time will tell, but I’m very optimistic.

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5th and I Public Meeting recap – UPDATED

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

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Mural at Capital View Hostel completed

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.

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What do you think?

What is your impression of the new Mural?

  • Like (69%, 37 Votes)
  • Dislike (17%, 9 Votes)
  • Indifferent (14%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 54

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