DDOT published their Union Station to Georgetown alternatives analysis this week. As expected the study recommends connecting the H Street NE streetcar route to Georgetown via a K Street Transitway. The extension how start on the Hopscotch bridge behind Union station and head east until traveling up New Jersey Avenue in MVT to K Street. It would then follow K Street until reaching Wisconsin Ave in Georgetown. The streetcar would have dedicated lanes from 10th Street NW to 21st Street NW.
As you may heard earlier in the week, many outlets are reporting of a plan to move The International Spy Museum to the historic Carnegie Library building on Mount Vernon Square. Construction of a new glass pavilion on the north side of the building and interior renovations would begin in 2015 with the museum occupying the space in 2017. This addition to the structure would host a visitor’s center and Spy Museum gift shop.
Wednesday, March 14th, the Downtown DC Kids (website | facebook) playground group will meet at Calvary Baptist Church at 6 pm. The agenda includes updates, organizational planning for creating a new friends group and planning of their second pop-up play event on Saturday, April 21st at an outdoor location. Downtown DC Kids need lots of volunteers to help make the event a huge success, which they hope will draw a lot of attention from our public officials.
Children are welcome to play in the gym while during the meeting.
Jonathan O’Connell of the Washington Post’s Capital Business column reports that the Carnegie Library building on Mount Vernon Square may become a Vistor’s Center.
The Washington Convention and Sports Authority, which oversees the city’s convention and tourism business, is negotiating an arrangement with the city and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., to open a visitors center across Mount Vernon Place NW from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
On the surface this sounds like an upgrade as it would bring more life to the square than the status quo. However this is less ambitious than the priority recommendations the Office of Planning devised during the initial phase of the Mount Vernon Square District project. Those priority recommendations included a restaurant with outdoor seating and flexible event space.
My question would be – is this the first baby step towards realizing the Office of Planning’s vision? Or will the Visitor Center and Historical Society stake claim to all the buildings space and preclude a more ambitious transformation of the square long term? I really hope it’s not the latter because a visitor center for buses to drop tourists off at is not going to engage residents. Amenities to attract residents are a critical component if the square to reach it’s full potential.
Last week the Liberty Market opened for the Spring season at 7th and K Streets NW on Mount Vernon Square. The operation was promptly shut down for not having adequate permits. Yesterday Martin Moulton, president of the Convention Center Community Association (CCCA), issued an open letter to Councilmembers Jack Evans (Ward 2) and Tommy Wells (Ward 6) to criticize the action taken against the market.
A communication, included after the Read More jump, from DCRA has been issued on the Shaw listservs in response to Martin’s letter. Read more »
Late last year the Office of Planning had two rounds of public open houses for the Mount Vernon Square District Project. The 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.
The October public open house gathered reems of feedback from community attendees. The second open house that followed December unveiled four transportation alternatives for public consideration and have been nicely summarized at Greater Greater Washington. The planning office is now requesting community feedback on the transportation alternatives be submitted by January 22nd. To submit your feedback fill out this form, that allows for both rank ordering of alternatives and feedback on specific components, and send it via email to email@example.com.
MVSD Transportation Alternative 3; Click to Enlarge
Prior reports that the Liberty Market would be closing for the season were premature. The Diverse Market Management team has replied that they hope to remain open as long as customers keep coming. Fresh produce may become scarce as the season winds down but homemade goods will still be available. Recently the market has added two new vendors: “an already very popular Pickle guy and fantastic olive oil from Provence.“
The market runs on the grounds of Mount Vernon Square each Tuesday from 2:30-6:30PM.
Thanks to John T for tracking down the official word from DMM.
The Liberty Market which occurs each Tuesday on the grounds of Mount Vernon Square will end it’s season today (November 24th). The market run by Diverse Markets Management opened on September 29th and has run for 9 weeks featuring produce, prepared foods and beverages, live music, and artists selling their works.
Hopefully the market can return to the Square in the Spring with a wider array of produce offerings and a more consistent presence on a week-to-week basis. In the meantime the Downtown Holiday Market on F Street will begin on December 4th and run continuously for 20 days until the 23rd.