The DC Office of Planning is hosting an open forum on the Mount Vernon Square District Project this Thursday October 1st.
Office of Planning shares the following information on the project:
This project is designed to generate implementation‐driven solutions for specific transportation, public realm and real estate challenges and opportunities in the blocks, streets, and reservations surrounding Mount Vernon Square.
- Create a distinctive and sustainable place.
- Solve traffic and circulation issues to create a multi-modal hub and appealing pedestrian environment.
- Maintain a deep sense of history and local meaning.
- Create clear links in all directions to other key destinations.
- Maximize the draw of this area as a local destination.
- Improve and activate open spaces.
The Office of Planning (OP) and District Department of Transportation (DDOT) are working with an urban design, planning, real estate, and transportation team to provide consultant services that include technical analysis and the development of designs, solutions and concepts for the mix of uses, programming and identity, transportation and traffic, sustainability and public realm solutions for the Mount Vernon Square District. The team will also calculate the financial benefit associated with making public and private investment in this area considering the District budget, total area of corridor retail and commercial property, property values and tax revenue, estimated sales tax revenues, number of residential units, and benefits from tourism.
The project was initiated in May, 2009 and will include a 28 week long planning process. It will build on ongoing projects like the K Street Transit Way and previous studies like the Mount Vernon Square Design Workbook, Mount Vernon Triangle Action Agenda and Center City Action Agenda, including the Convention Center Area Strategic Development Plan. In the Center City Action Agenda, the project was recommended as a way to coordinate public and private investment in order to support Mount Vernon Square as a great destination in the city. To date, the project team has conducted one‐on‐one interviews, reviewed past planning and transportation studies, compiled critical information, and conducted preliminary analysis. Once complete, the project will be used to guide District agencies, property owners, developers, and other stakeholders in creating synergies among proposed developments and land uses, in making public and private investments and undertaking implementation, and in design, programming, and promotional activities.