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Candidate Petitions for ANC due August 6th

This November all of our ANC commissioners will be up for re-election. ANCs consider a wide range of policies and programs affecting their neighborhoods, including traffic, parking, recreation, street improvements, liquor licenses, zoning, economic development, police protection, sanitation and trash collection, and the District’s annual budget

Prospective ANC candidates must obtain nomination petitions from the Board of Elections and return the petitions by Wednesday August 6th with at least 25 signatures from residents of their Single Member District (SMD). On November 4th, Election Day, the voters will make their selection. The winning candidates will take office after noon on January 2nd once they are sworn in.

Map of ANC6E with Single Member Districts

Map of ANC6E with Single Member Districts

Most of the Commissioners in ANC6E (map above) have served us well. I routinely hear praise regarding Rachelle Nigro and Marge Maceda from Mount Vernon Triangle residents. On the other hand I have heard nothing but frustration surrounding an inability to contact Alfreda Judd by residents of SMD 6E07. I’ve been told on numerous occasions that Alfreda Judd has no email address and the phone number she provided goes to her mother and messages are never returned.  You can’t effectively represent your SMD if you are not accesible to your constituents. We need an alternative in 6E07. This is a call to Sonata and Madrigal residents – will someone consider running for ANC to better represent us in 2015/6?

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Assault at Safeway on July 2nd

The Washington Blade thoroughly recaps an assault that occurred at the 5th & L Safeway on July 2nd. According to the report a gay man was assaulted by an unstable young black woman for asking “are you in line.” The suspect called the victim a “faggot” during the assault. When it was broken up the Safeway security guards escorted the woman off the premises rather than detain her for police.

The above video footage of the person of interest in the case was posted by DC MPD to Youtube.

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Mount Vernon Triangle selected as Playable Art DC location

The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District (MVT CID) announced today that the DC Office of Planning (OP) has selected the Mount Vernon Triangle community as one of three Washington, DC locations for a Playable Art DC installation. The Mount Vernon Triangle site will be located along a section of K Street streetscape near 5th and K Streets, NW. The Playable Art DC team will now conduct design workshops with neighbors of all ages and an online survey available at http://svy.mk/1nE6qyM. Once the workshop information is gathered, OP will release a call for designers.

Example of playable art in NYC called the Fly-Eye dome.

Example of playable art in NYC called the Fly-Eye dome.

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Illegal Early Morning Construction at Cloakroom

A reader sends in the follow quality of life complaint:

Both the 5th and K Cloakroom site and the M Street Flats M.Flats are continuously beginning construction at 5:30 and 6 am including this morning. We have been complaining to the CID and Marge who have been notifying the DCRA of this problem but with limited success. The residents at 555 and City Vista are going nuts. I would like to know why these contractors think it is okay to disturb the neighborhood.

Construction at Cloakroom at 5:50am

Construction at Cloakroom at 5:50am

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MVT Retail Survey Results

Results are now available for the Mount Vernon Triangle Retail Survey conducted by the MVT CID. The survey concluded on June 4th and fielded 340 respondents that answered 26 questions regarding their demographics and consumer spending habits. Eighty six percent of the respondents were residents of our MVT neighborhood.

Below are screen captures of 3 slides from the presentation that I found noteworthy.

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Alba Osteria has been an instant hit among residents

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DC Council to Implement Tax on Health Club Gym Memberships

On May 28th, during an initial vote, the DC Council voted to implement a 5.75% sales tax on health club memberships. The announcement of the vote came with less than 18 hours notice and on the heels of Washington DC being named the fittest city in America. This also comes a week after the misguided DC Council tried to push through a large tax increase on sidewalk cafes but ultimately backed down… let’s hope they come to their senses on this before June 11th.

Screen capture of #FightTheFitnessTax discussion on Twitter (5/29)

Screen capture of #FightTheFitnessTax discussion on Twitter (5/29)

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Take the MVT Retail Survey

The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District (MVTCID) is conducting an online survey to gather data about the types of retailers and demands for good and services residents and workers of our neighborhood have. Please take a moment to provide your input.

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Screen Capture from MVT Retail Survey

Current MVTCID leadership has put results from their initial MVT Perception Survey and their more recent Farmer’s Market Survey into action. Those surveys proved very instructive into securing a new FreshFarm food market at 5th & K that will begin June 7th and run throughout the summer each Saturday morning.

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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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AAMC Begins Move into 655 K Street NW

The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) is set to begin the move into their new building at 655 K Street NW. The AAMC offices will be closed for business Friday, May 16, through Tuesday, May 20. They will reopen in their new headquarters in the Mount Vernon Triangle by Wednesday, May 21 bringing over 600 office workers into our community.

655 K Street NW

655 K Street NW

The historic buildings being integrated into this development had an unfortunate setback with a crumbling facade last month. Those buildings are slated for retail use and managed by Douglas Development not AAMC.
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DC Greens to Run Farm At Walker-Jones

Last week DCist reported that DC Greens will take over the operations of The Farm at Walker Jones. The site will eventually be reclaimed for development, as was always the Northwest One plan, but it is good to see the farm continue to be in position to thrive in the short term with DC Greens at the helm. The farm is located on K Street NW between New Jersey Avenue and First Street.

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For more details about the history, plans for operations and potential for eventual relocation of the farm please visit the aforementioned DCist article. Eventually the new operators I presume will take control of the wjfarm.wordpress.com blog or find an alternative means to push out news.

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