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WaPo: Museum Square Residents Unite to Save Building

As we’ve outlined in past postings, an offer of sale of $250 million has been put forth to the Museum Square tenants association as a means to honor the Tenants Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA). This number is generated by the landlord based on raze and redevelopment potential of the site at a higher density rather than what the fair market value is for the units. This story will continue to be ongoing as things develop and the media writes stories on the tenants attempts to avoid being displaced.

Museum Square Apartments at 401 K Street NW

Museum Square Apartments at 401 K Street NW

The latest is from the Washington Post and is entitled “Black, Asian residents unite to save low-income building near Chinatown.” Eye opening, but at least for me, in a way that cuts both ways.
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Road Trip Nation visits our Neighborhood

A lime green bus from Road Trip Nation has been parked on the 900 block of 4th Street NW in the Mount Vernon Triangle the last two evenings. The bus is marked with a #FirstGenRoadTrip twitter hashtag.

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A little internet research suggests this bus is affiliated with a public television show that takes young adults on a road trip to meet and interview people who inspire them across the country to learn from their stories, and to share that experience with others. Does anyone know more about their specific visit to our neighborhood in DC?

Road Trip Nation FIRST-GEN Roadtrip map

Road Trip Nation FIRST-GEN Roadtrip map

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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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