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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Homeless Shelter Services to return to former Gospel Rescue Ministries buildings

In 2013 the Rock Creek Property Group acquired 808-810 5th St NW from Gospel Rescue Ministries for a sales price of $5.95 million. RCPG’s intent was demolish a portion of both buildings and build an eight-story rear addition for a new 50+ unit condominum development. According to the Washington Business Journal, challenges arose with the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) and RCPG has elected to execute a 20 year lease agreement with the District. It will once again be operated as a homeless shelter as it had been for the prior 75 years. The Department of Human Services plans to use the first four floors to house women in the “temporary shelter model.” The fifth floor will contain units for women in the District’s transitional housing program.

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Gospel Rescue Missions building at 808-810 5th Street NW

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Another I-395 Air-Rights project in MVT upcoming

The Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) recently released a RFEI for development of Squares 0560 and 0563N near 2nd & H Streets NW. Square 0560 represents the Air Rights over I-395 above H Street that is currently occupied by a two level parking structure. Square 0563N is a triangular parcel between 2nd Street, New Jersey Ave and H Street NW that is currently a fenced in gravel parking lot.

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It is not entirely clear to me whether the Air-Rights parking structure would be torn down and this project would start anew? Or if the parking structure could be reinforced to support new development above it. I would guess the later but am unsure.

RFEI submissions are due August 28th. After a short list is compiled from the submissions a formal RFP (Request for Proposals) process will begin in the fall.

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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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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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MVT CID Seeking Real Estate & Planning Manager

mvtlogo_tallThe Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District (MVT CID) is seeking an Economic Development and Planning Manager who will be responsible for tracking and analyzing development projects and retail opportunities, planning for transportation improvements and public realm activation, preparing and monitoring the collection of CID taxes, conducting research, writing grant applications, and other tasks. For full job posting follow this link.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and two references to claire@mvtcid.org by Thursday, June 12th 2014.

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3rd Street Tunnel Project Update: Recurring Nightly Detours

3rd_tunnel_projectUtility relocation work as part of the 3rd Street Tunnel Project continues along the Massachusetts Avenue corridor continues with underground utility connections along H Street and Mass Ave., NW. This scheduled work will require recurring nighttime lane closures beginning on or about Tuesday May 27th, 2014 and will continue throughout the duration of the project, approximately 14 months, weather permitting. [Editor's note: Last we heard was 9 months. Now it's 14?]

Lane and/or road closures will occur along Mass Ave and H Street, between 2nd and 4th Streets, NW during the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., Sunday – Friday. Crews will be working through the night to install new underground utilities, roadway base and temporary asphalt paving at various intersections in the project area.

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