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august 7, 2014
 
WILKES COMPANY AND QUADRANGLE CLOSE ON KEY PARCELS TO DEVELOP RESIDENTIAL PROJECT AT 801 3RD STREEt, nw
 
The Wilkes Company and Quadrangle Development Corporation have completed an 8-year process to acquire several remaining DC-owned parcels at 801 3rd Street in Square 560. The complicated transaction was the culmination of a vision shared by the companies and Mount Carmel Baptist Church to develop a residential apartment building with 20% of the units allocated for affordable housing. Mount Carmel will have equity in the completed project, which will also include space for community use and parking spaces for members of the congregation. 801 3rd Street is part of the Wilkes/Quadrangle 2.2 million SF of master planned development in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood. Buildings completed by the Wilkes/Quadrangle team to date include: the Sonata and Madrigal condos, the Lyric apartments and the AIPAC office building. 801 3rd Street could begin construction within the next 18 months. Read more about the project in the Washington Business Journal article here.

KETTLER'S M.FLATS APARTMENTS INSTALLING UNIQUE GREEN WALL, ART AND AMENITIES
 
If you walk by m.flats at 450 K Street, you’ll see that the landscaping has been completed along the K Street wide sidewalks, the bike racks are installed and leasing is underway for 6,500 square feet of ground floor retail. Inside the apartment building, m.flats’ stunning “green wall” (seen left) has begun growing and finishing touches are being added to the art-filled lobby. Kettler’s Stephan Rodiger describes the lobby of the building as an art infused “downtown sanctuary”, with elevated architectural and artistic features. “In the way that museums are often a stage for communities to come together to socialize and appreciate new things, so too will the amenity space of m.flats encourage neighbors to interact,” said Rodiger. Lobbies and corridors will resemble modern art galleries through a combination of simply finished walls and floors and lighting that highlight interesting art.The rooftop is the capstone, with a beautiful pool, year-round entertainment lounge, multiple grilling stations and plenty of seating for lounging and dining. Distinctive sculptural art and art installations will be positioned across the entire rooftop level, connecting the outdoor space to the art on the lower levels. For more information on m.flats, visit http://livemflats.com.
farmers market thrives, offers market tokens with this week's free zumba class
 
The FRESHFARM Market is in full swing with delicious summer selections including corn, peaches and an assortment of greens. The CID is also partnering with members of the community to provide a great lineup of events. On August 2nd, a face painter and story teller (courtesy of Grassroots Education Project, right) entertained kids and families at the market. Stop by the market on August 9th for a free VIDA Fitness Zumba class on the plaza from 11 to 11:30. Zumba participants will receive a $2 token to use at the market. On August 16th, 5th Street Ace Hardware will be at the plaza with a special guest – Dr. Bear – sure to put a smile on everyone’s face. Ace will be promoting their Children’s Miracle Network Bucket Sale and featuring a few other fun surprises. Donate $5 in their bucket and receive $20 off your purchase at the store.The Mount Vernon Triangle FRESHFARM Market will be held every Saturday morning from 10 - 1 through October 25th.
walker-jones education campus a hub for community engagement
 
The Walker-Jones Education Campus has been a focal point this summer for volunteering and community service. On June 27th, volunteers from AAMC (shown at left) spent the day tending to the health and nutrition educational garden and on July 21st, President Obama visited Walker-Jones to support the My Brother’s Keeper program. Also, the Grassroots Education Project celebrated the completion of the first year of literacy tutoring to 54 students on Saturday mornings via the Reading All-Stars program. Since January, neighborhood tutors have logged more than 900 volunteer hours. Students who participated in the program regularly saw 20% more growth in reading than other students.You can sign up to help with the Reading All-Stars program here.

Interested in getting involved with the next project? On August 23rd, you can volunteer to participate in DC Public School Beautification Day at Walker-Jones! Sign up to help with Beautification Day here.
clean team  maintains flowers and greenery through summer sizzle

The MVT CID Clean Team Ambassadors have been busy this summer maintaining our neighborhood landscaping. The Clean Team Ambassadors water many of the young trees along K Street to help them take root and stay healthy. They also planted and continue to water the colorful lantana flowers in the four circular planter boxes at 5th and K Streets. The ambassadors have been doing a great job of keeping the neighborhood free of trash and graffiti and the landscaping healthy for everyone to enjoy.
jerome raymond joins mvt CID staff
 
The MVT CID is pleased to announce that Jerome Raymond has joined our staff as the Real Estate and Planning Manager. Jerome will work with our team to track development projects and retail opportunities, plan for transportation improvements and public realm activation, prepare and monitor the collection of CID taxes, conduct research, write grant applications, and other tasks. Jerome is currently working towards his Master of Real Estate degree at Georgetown University. Jerome has been interning with us over the past six months and has impressed us all with his strong work ethic and passion for working with the MVT CID and its stakeholders. Jerome has a background in economic development and urban planning, interning in prior years for local real estate developer, Akridge, and consulting to the City of Montreal, Canada on urban planning and development.
the story of tazz; a successful dog adoption
 
This past April, 5th Street Ace Hardware sponsored a dog adoption event with the Washington Animal Rescue League. A small, tousled older dog caught our eye that day as we hosted the Mount Vernon Triangle CID information table. No one adopted the gentle dog at the event, however little “Tazz” had also caught the eye of Ace Hardware employee, Christopher Buck. Click here to read Chris’ story of rescuing Tazz and welcoming him into his family.
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