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Provide Your Feedback for Playable Art DC on Saturday

Many of you may have heard that the DC Office of Planning (OP) selected the Mount Vernon Triangle community as one of three Washington, DC locations for a Playable Art DC installation. On Saturday, the Playable Art DC team will conduct design workshops with neighbors of all ages (see flyer). You may also participate in the feedback process via an online survey about play available at http://svy.mk/1nE6qyM

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This is an exciting chance for kids, families and adults to help design the art (and playable art) which will stand in our neighborhood.   Come by Busboys and Poets or the FRESHFARM Market on Saturday to express your desire for playable art in the Triangle!

[Editors Note: We first posted on this event on July 8th, but this is very important and worthy of a reminder]

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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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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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Early Rendering for 501 K Street NW

On May 2nd we told you about the news that Boston Properties was entering a joint venture with Steuart Investment Co to develop an office building at 501 K Street NW. This partnership is a key step to redeveloping this premium site that has been a MarcParc parking lot for too long. While the project is still in the design phase below is an early rendering.

Preliminary 501 K Street Rendering as of May 2014

Preliminary 501 K Street Rendering as of May 2014

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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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The Cloakroom sustains damage in building collapse

The Cloakroom at 476K Street NW has sustained damaged in a building collapse. At first, the damage was limited to the inside of the buildings, but shortly after 4PM, the third floor of the club collapsed into the second floor. This News 4 NBC Washington article has a slide show that includes a brief video of the moment the 3rd floor crumbled down. The video is also on facebook.

WeinDC tweeted this picture of collapse at Cloakroom

WeinDC tweeted this picture of collapse at Cloakroom

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“[We were] just dancing, doing our routine… and the wall collapsed in on the kitchen and the bathroom…. Some of the girls were shaken up,” Olivia, a dancer at The Cloakroom, told News4.

The Cloakroom’s facebook page has a status that states: “Everyone is safe. Thanks for the concerns.

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New Joint Venture formed for 501 K Street NW

According to the Washington Business Journal, Boston Properties paid about $39 million last month for its stake to enter a joint venture with Steuart Investment Co to develop a 520,000-square-foot office building at 501 K Street NW. This site is currently the fenced in Marc Parc parking lot between 5th and 6th Streets NW and bounded by New York Ave to the north. The potential development has been in the pipeline for Steuart Investment for years and having a proven partner should finally kickstart it into action.

Site of Future 501 K Office development

Site of Future 501 K Office development

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New Signs and Murals in MVT

In the last couple of weeks a mural was painted inside 5th Street Ace Hardware and new signs have been installed at Capital City Wine & Spirits and The Cloakroom. In the process of installing the new Cloakroom sign the final remaining Louis Rogue sign was removed from the SE corner of 5th and K.

Old Louis Rogue sign removed; new Cloakroom sign installed

Old Louis Rogue sign removed; new Cloakroom sign installed

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Behind The Cloakroom Doors by MyTriangleLife

This content is a crosspost from MyTriangleLife

I wasn’t thrilled when I saw that that The Cloakroom was opening across the street from my condo. While the former tenant Louis Rogue had been around so long it earned itself an icon on Google maps, I hoped that when it closed a retailer or restaurant that would bring life to the hulking building on the corner of 5th and K.

I also have pretty strong views about women having to earn a living by taking off their clothes. So I decided to set aside those opinions and check the place out from the perspective of a neighbor, and a marketing professional with a stake in a strong local economy.

The upper level seating area offers a view of the main stage, from above.

The upper level seating area offers a view of the main stage, from above.

I visited the Cloakroom twice over the past three weeks. On the first Saturday night visit, I introduced myself as a curious neighbor. The staff welcomed us in (without a cover charge), escorted us to a table and offered us a drink. The vibe was low-key with one dancer performing a pole dance while customers watched from the sidelines. The crowd was a professional mix of men, and a handful of women.

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