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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.

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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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Eye Street Cellars Tastings and BBQ

Eye Street Cellars opened at 425 Eye Street NW back in late April. This weekend they are kicking it up a notch with their Grand Opening & Father’s Day Extravaganza.

Eye Street Cellars at 425 Eye Street NW is now Open

Eye Street Cellars at 425 Eye Street NW is now Open

Friday, June 13th, from 5-8pm: Macallan 10, 12 & 15 year along with other whiskey, liqueur and beer tastings!!

Saturday, June 14th, from 3-8pm: BBQ Cookout along with an endless amount of tastings, which includes Johnnie Walker Blue Label, Oban, Bowmore, Lagavulin, Talisker and MUCH MORE!!

Eye Street Cellars will be offering 10% off on ALL wines, 6-pk beers & 750ml spirits ALL DAY on June 14th only.

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MVT CID Annual Meeting Recap

Last week the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District (MVTCID) held its annual meeting on the rooftop of the Lyric Apartments at 440K. The meeting had a great turnout including an appearance by Mayor Vincent Gray. Gina Schaefer, owner of 5th Street Ace Hardware, was bestowed the FY 2013 Public Service Award for Outstanding Leadership and Dedication to the Community. For more details visit the MVTCID press release for contents of the powerpoint presentation click [here].

MVTCID Annual Meeting intro slide; click to visit PPT deck

MVTCID Annual Meeting intro slide; click to visit full powerpoint deck

Claire Oleksiak giving an overview on the state of the Triangle at the Annual Meeting

Claire Oleksiak giving an overview on the state of the Triangle at the Annual Meeting

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Drink the District: Wine Festival on June 7th

Drink the District is having another event on Saturday June 7th at the MarcParc lot at 500 New York Ave NW. The lot is the site of the future 501 K Street office building (rendering) we reported on earlier in the month.

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The upcoming event is branded as a Wine Festival. Pre-sale tickets start at  $40 online ($50 at the door) but, by using the promotional code, drinkwine, your readers will receive a $10 discount on their purchase: access the link here. The event is split into two different 3 hour sessions: 1-4PM and 6-9PM.

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Police Week 2014

This week is National Police Week. Each year tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice. The Fraternal Order of Police lodge at 711 4th Street NW and the National Law Enforcement Memorial on the 400 block of E Street NW are major centers of activities during the week’s schedule.

National Law Enforcement Memorial - Police Week 2014

National Law Enforcement Memorial – Police Week 2014

As part of National Police Week the National Law Enforcement Memorial is adorned with wreaths, flowers, and pictures to tribute federal, state and local law enforcers killed in the line of duty. This is a great time to stroll through, soak it in and pay respects.

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MVT Dog Adoption Event this Saturday

The Washington Area Rescue League (WARL) be at Fifth Street Ace Hardware this Saturday, April 26th from 12pm-2pm, with lots of wonderful adoptable dogs looking for great home like yours. Stop by and you just may meet your new best friend! Wagtime and the MVT CID are also sponsors. Anyone who adopts one of WARL’s adorable pets will get a $15 gift card to Fifth Street Ace Hardware. As an added bonus Ace Hardware is offering 20% off pet supplies during the event.

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Further discussion on 5th & I RFP

We’ve had some great discussion in the comments section on the four 5th & I RFP finalists since my last posting on the subject on January 8th. Many of you cast your support for the Peebles proposal for the Standard Hotel. In fact one reader started an iPetition titled “Bring Standard Hotel to 5th & I Street NW” in favor of the Peebles proposal that has collected 35 signatures.

5th & I Development site with Seaton and Milian Parks

Per the suggestion of one commenter I watched a video (Youtube, beginning 13 minutes into the segment) of the January 8th ANC6E meeting that covered the topic of the 5th & I RFP proposals. I would disagree with the characterization that the ANC mostly read comments that opposed the Standard Hotel proposal. Point of views that were both for and against elements of each proposal were orated. Putting the affordable housing from the Peebles proposal in Anacostia rather than MVT did garner slightly stronger words but I think everyone should be prepared for that as it was the most controversial aspect of any of the proposals. Unfortunately it was not a fair characterization as Peebles pledged to put the units in a mixed-income building, not a low income building. However affordable housing is an emotionally charged issue and supporters sometimes get tunnel vision and only see the negatives and disregard other details that don’t support their narrative.

After watching the video I agree with ANC6E’s overall approach. Commissioner Marge Maceda, who represents the impacted Single Member District (6E05), feels the MOST consistent feedback she has received over many months is that residents want a park. The ANC recognizes that this is the last parcel of land in the Mount Vernon Triangle that is not privately owned. This parcel is our last real bargaining chip for community amenities in MVT. ANC6E has recommended that each of the four finalists commit to putting $2.5 million into an escrow for the Seaton and Milian park improvements in their BAFOs (Best & Final Offers). I would infer that level of commitment would put a proposal on excellent footing to receive the support of the ANC.

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4th Annual Ladies Night at Fifth Street Hardware

5th Street Ace Hardware (1055 5th Street NW) invites all to their biggest event of the year on Tuesday, February 4 from 6-8pm. This year’s theme is Express Your Inner D.I.Y., and the store has lined up a roster of local pros with expert advice on getting organized, easy DIY fixes around the house, eco-cleaning, choosing window treatments and painting like a pro.

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