June 25, 2014

The DC Office of Planning has named the Mount Vernon Triangle community as one of three Washington, DC locations for a Playable Art grant. The Playable Art DC team, led by the DC Office of Planning and funded by a grant from ArtPlace America, conducted a search for three non-traditional sites as homes for creative, innovative and artistic play structures. The Mount Vernon Triangle site will be located along a section of the 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 here. Once the workshop information is gathered, OP will release a call for designers. The MVT CID extends its appreciation to the many local businesses and residents who took the time to express their support for this  opportunity to enrich our neighborhood. Additional information on Playable Art DC can be found here.
DC Seeks Expressions of Interest to Develop 2ND and H Street ParcelS
The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) has issued a request for expressions of interest for the development of a group of parcels in Mount Vernon Triangle at 2nd and H Street, NW. The parcels are located adjacent to and over I-395 and contain 9,653 square feet (Parcel 1) and 86,995 square feet (Parcel 2) of developable area. Together, they mark one of the most significant development opportunities in DC today. Submissions are due on August 28th and the guidelines, goals and full package of information are available here.
Mount Vernon Triangle CID Renewal Hearing Set for tonight

The Department of Small and Local Business is holding a public hearing on the renewal of the Mount Vernon Triangle CID. Please join us tonight at 6:00 PM at 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW in room 120. Those who would like to submit a written statement for the record should email it to The MVT CID renewal application and support materials are available at 901 4th Street, NW, on the MVT CID website, and at the Hampton Inn located at 901 6th Street, NW.
On June 3rd, the MVT CID hosted retail brokers on the rooftop of The Lyric. The event was designed to educate brokers about the retail opportunities in the MVT as well as about the strong demographics that support the community as a retail destination. A new Retail Opportunities Brochure was distributed. It is available on the MVT CID website along with our interactive map and downloadable development and retail/restaurant maps. Also, the results of the 320 responses to the online Retail Survey completed in May 2014 are now available here.
Annual Meeting Recap - Release of FY 2013 Annual Report; Awards Given

It was standing room only in The Lyric’s rooftop community room on May 29th, when Claire Oleksiak, accompanied by Executive Committee members, Pastor Joseph Evans, Berk Shervin, Mandi Wedin, and Ivory Toldson presented FY 2013 accomplishments and released the Annual Report. Mayor Vincent Gray made remarks noting the tremendous changes and vitality of the neighborhood and the MVT CID presented 5th Street Ace Hardware owner, Gina Schaeffer, with the annual Public Service Award for Outstanding Leadership and Dedication to the Community. The MVT CID also honored the Clean Team for their hard work and gave James Shipman the Outstanding Performance Award and Ronald Jacobs the Employee of the Year Award.
MVT FRESHFARM Market Debuts at 5th & K STREET
The MVT CID, ANC Commissioner Marge Maceda and FRESHFARM organizers rang bells to open the first MVT FRESHFARM Market on June 7th. The Farm stand offers an array of fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, breads, and jams stacked high on skirted tables around the 5th & K Plaza. The MVT CID welcomed market shoppers with free iced coffee and lemonade and kids of all ages were entertained by musician Moe Nelson, a bubble machine and hula hoops. The market continues every Saturday morning from 10 am to 1 pm through the end of October. Thank you to our FRESHFARM Market 2014 sponsors, Boston Properties, K at City Vista, Lyric 440K Apartments, the MVT CID and Paradigm Development Co.  Follow us on Facebook or Twitter @mvtcid for updates on weekly offerings and specials.
Keep America Beautiful Assisting in Clean MVT Streets
The MVT CID has been awarded a Keep America Beautiful grant to install five cigarette ashtrays on our streets. The ashtrays keep the MVT clean, reduce fire risk, and help the environment. Cigarette butt litter is not just an eyesore; it has significant environmental effects too. Cigarette filters are carried as runoff from streets to drains and ultimately to the river, bays and ocean where they poison marine life. Help us keep the MVT free of cigarette butts litter. To read more, please click here for a Litter Fact Sheet.
MVT Spotlight: Matthew Shannon, Champion Trophy
Champion Trophy at 409 K Street is Washington's oldest and largest awards and trophy company. For more than 52 years, Champion has provided superior trophies, plaques, clocks, medals, signs, and other items of recognition to the Washington, D.C. Area. They can do everything from crystal and acrylic to bronze casting, corporate awards, custom designed and sublimated items. For our Spotlight Interview with owner Matthew Shannon (shown at left/right), please click here.


Taking the MVT Message to our Streets

MVT CID President, Claire Oleksiak, has been taking advantage of the nice weather to lead several walking tours– expanding awareness of our community and also introducing newcomers to all we have to offer. Claire led a tour for the National Building Museum in conjunction with Uwe Brandes of the Georgetown Continuing Education Campus, and she toured two groups of AAMC employees (shown in photo) around their new work neighborhood. Interested in Mount Vernon Triangle history? Check out our History Brochure online here.
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