Mount Vernon Triangle Blog

MVT Spotlight: MPD Officer Leaty

This month we interviewed MVT’s neighborhood police officers for our Spotlight series. Mount Vernon Triangle is proud to have some of the city's best police officers keeping our streets safe. Their presence is essential to the vitality and revitalization of MVT. As part of a running feature, MVT CID interviewed Officer Leaty about his background, job, and favorite MVT place.

MVTCID: How long have you been working the Mount Vernon Triangle beat and tell us a little about your background in DC?

Officer Leaty: Officer Charles...

Meridian II Tops Out on Thursday 2/6

The Meridian at Mount Vernon Triangle - Phase II is a 393-unit luxury apartment building. It is located at 415 L St, NW and is being developed by Paradigm Development Company and the Steuart Investment Company. With the second phase, they have taken the opportunity to expand the amenities to include a large rooftop deck featuring grills, fire pits, multiple seating areas and an outdoor television, all available for year round use. The rooftop deck will be connected to the Phase I pool deck via an expansive bridge, allowing residents of both buildings to share in the...

MVT Education Forum on February 12th: How Growing Downtown Families Approach Education

Join us on Wednesday, February 12th at 7:30 pm for a discussion with DC public school leadership. The forum will focus on the growing changes and needs of the downtown community as DC families navigate the changing landscape of DC public schools and public charter schools. There will be a moderated panel presentation, followed by a question and answer period.

Kaya Henderson, Chancellor, DC Public Schools
Scott Pearson, Exec. Director, DC Public Charter School Board
Michael Moss, Principal, Walker Jones Edu. Campus

UDC GIS Students to Map Development of MVT

The University of the District of Columbia's Mapping the City course introduces students to GIS (geographic information systems) software -- software for creating maps of all kinds. Each semester, students apply their newly-learned skills to creating maps for a DC organization. In the spring of 2014, the students, under the guidance of Prof. Amanda Huron, are creating a series of maps for the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District. The maps will show how the neighborhood has changed in the ten years of MVTCID's existence -- and student visions for the area...

Ace Hardware's 4th Annual Ladies Night A Success

On February 4th, Ace Hardware hosted its 4th annual Ladies Night. Over 250 guests attended the event. This year's theme was Express Your Inner Do It Yourself (D.I.Y.). The store lined up a roster of local pros with expert advice on getting organized, easy D.I.Y fixes around the house, eco-cleaning, choosing window treatments and painting like a pro. It was a night filled with D.I.Y solutions and a party!

New MVT Real Estate and Economic Development Intern

Jerome Raymond has joined the MVT CID as a winter/spring intern. Jerome is currently studying Real Estate at Georgetown University and has a background in urban planning and economic development. He will help the MVT CID track development data, create resources to promote retail and businesses attraction, and map public space improvements and activation throughout the neighborhood. He previously interned for local real estate developer, Akridge, and worked as a consultant to business improvement districts in Montreal, Canada.

Leon Johnson Joins MVT CID as Director of Operations

The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District (MVT CID) is pleased to welcome Leon Johnson as Director of Operations. Mr. Johnson's responsibilities include directing the Clean Team crews, leading public space maintenance & safety efforts, interfacing with property managers and retailers, and building relationships and working in a concerted manner with City agencies, MPD, and Mount Vernon Triangle stakeholders. He will play an active role in achieving the MVT CID's goals and objectives.

MVT CID President, Claire Schaefer Oleksiak, commented, "Leon...

Dacha 2 Beer Garden Plans

On Tuesday, February 4th, Dacha 2 presented at the ANC 6E meeting to request opening a beer garden at 923-25 5th St NW. The ANC approved the liquor license request with the understanding that there will be a voluntary agreement. Dacha 2 anticipates opening this summer.

The plans for the new space include a permanent pavilion on the lot that will house the bar and some seating. The majority of the space will be filled with picnic tables and green space. The beer garden will be open in the morning for coffee and will offer free WiFi. Dacha 2 could offer another...

Eye Street Cellars Projecting March Opening

The new, 3,000 square foot Eye Street Cellars, now under construction at 425 Eye Street, will feature select (and customer requested) wines and spirits from around the world, Craft and IPA beers, artisanal cheeses, pastas, and other gourmet foods, along with delicious frozen desserts. The ownership of Eye Street Cellars also own Capitol Hill Wine & Spirits and Harry's Reserve. The owners tell us that they are planning a number of neighborhood-oriented events including wine tastings and cookouts in the spring and summer, wine clubs and classes. They are projecting to...

Shortlist of Developers Present Ideas for Project at 5th & I

At a recent public meeting hosted by the Deputy Mayor of Economic Development at the CID office, the short-list of developers for the 5th and I Street site presented plans for a mixed-use development project. Proposed plans for the site:

Akridge, Jefferson Apartment Group, Jarvis Company, Escoff and Associates: 187 residential market rate units, 21 affordable housing units, 8,000 SF of retail space including daycare and community space, $200,000 to redesign Milian and Seaton Parks, and $100,000 for local civic and nonprofit groups.