Mount Vernon Triangle Blog

MVT Spotlight: Gina Schaefer, Owner of 5th Street Ace Hardware

Gina Schaefer is the owner of nine Ace Hardware stores – A Few Cool Hardware Stores - in Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Takoma Park, MD, managing 175 employees in these busy urban stores. Ace Hardware is a co-operative company, with a mission to provide support and good product pricing to a growing number of independent hardware retailers such as Gina’s A Few Cool Hardware Stores group of stores. The 5th Street Ace Hardware store has been continually evolving since opening in City Vista five years ago. The 8,000 square feet on two floors offers more than 40,...

Kettler's M.FLATS 233 Unit Apt Building Topping Out Celebration

Today, Kettler celebrated the topping out of m.flats at 450 K Street NW in the Mount Vernon Triangle. The 13-story market rate apartment building with 233 units, primarily studios and junior one-bedrooms. The building was designed by R2L: Architects and reflects the neighborhoods unique mix of historical row house aesthetic and modern facades. The building also includes a 6,576 SF retail space. Pre-leasing is projected to begin in spring 2014 with the first units available for move-in around May 2014.

M.flats amenities will include socially oriented common spaces...

NPS Maintenance at Reservation 74

Last week, the National Park Service (NPS) conducted long-needed maintenance work on Reservation 74 (located at 5th & Eye St) in response to a request from the Mount Vernon Triangle CID. NPS installed five new benches and three new trash cans in the park, as well as painted the historic wrought iron fence. NPS also has plans to repair the sidewalk.

Earlier in the fall, NPS and the MVTCID held a productive onsite meeting to discuss partnership opportunities, infrastructure repairs, enhancing the design of the park and the ability to activate the space with...

Streetcar Route to Run Along K ST in MVT

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has announced the completion of the Union Station to Georgetown Premium Transit Alternative Analysis (AA) Study, a comprehensive analysis of alternatives to provide high quality transit in this important east-west corridor.

Alternative 1, which consists of a streetcar system running primarily along K Street, NW, New Jersey Avenue, NW, and H Street was ultimately selected as DDOT's recommended alternative. This route will bring streetcars directly through the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood. Click here to access...

Volunteer at Walker-Jones Education Campus

Meet your neighbors and change the life of a child in your community. Join the Grassroots Education Project and work alongside other residents from the MVT to help students at your local neighborhood school, Walker-Jones Education Campus, achieve their full potential. Whether you want to read with a student, be a mentor, help strengthen writing skills, or support teachers, there's an opportunity for you to be part of something transformative. Sign-up withReading All Stars @ Walker-Jones here....

Fall Fun Day Recap

Sunny weather and great community turn out made the October 26th Fall Fun Day a success. Photos are posted in flikr album here.

Scary giant spiders, flying bats, pumpkins, hay & corn stalks decorated the Lift Off sculpture at 5th/K St and made for a perfect photo-op.

Volunteers (including Safeway manager James, shown here) helped plant 1,700 flower bulbs and 50+ children participated in the Mini Monster Kid Parade and/or enjoyed the pumpkin painting craft table, face painting, and hula hooping. Vida Fitness taught a free Zombie Zumba class, Ace...

Second Baptist Church 165th Anniversary Celebration & Return to Third Street, NW

During the weekend of November 15-17th, the Second Baptist Church will celebrate two landmark events- the 165th anniversary of the founding of the Church and after five years away, the return of the Church to its home on Third Street NW in the Mount Vernon Triangle.

The Second Baptist Church dates back to 1848. One hundred and sixty-five years ago, seven members of the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church formed the Second Baptist Church. They met in storefronts, private homes in the neighborhood and a red brick building until 1894 when the Church was located in the...

MVT Spotlight: Remembering the March on Washington with Ms. Mozon

Vivian Mozon, age 83, is a lifelong member of Mount Carmel Baptist Church, located at 3rd & I Street, NW in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood. In August, Ms. Mozon, like many other members of the church, recalled and shared stories of her experience participating in the March on Washington. In 1963, Ms. Mozon was a young mother, concerned, as many moms would be, about taking her 10 year old son to an event that was rumored to attract a large crowd and had the potential for violence. But her late husband was an avid historian and told her, "We all need to go...

Mural at Capital View Hostel

During the week of September 9th, Argentinean mural artist, Ever, painted two expansive murals on the exterior building walls of the Capital View Hostel located at 301 I St NW. The project was presented and funded by the Heineken Mural DC Project in partnership with the Art Whino Gallery. Ever, who is a street art artist from Buenos Aires, painted the mural to reflect his idea that people create their unique reality and world by experiencing life events. The Mural DC Project included four bi-cultural artists creating original artwork inspired by the "Open Your World"...

Congralutaions to Clean Team Member Ms. Glover

Congratulations to Clean Team member, Ms. Glover, for her hiring as a permanent employee with Miller & Long Construction working on the residential building at 450 K St. Ms. Glover joined the Ready to Work (RTW) program in August of 2012 and was assigned to the Mount Vernon Triangle CID. She demonstrated a strong work ethic and leadership by helping her teammates both on and off the job. Soon after she joined the team, she was promoted to be a team leader. Ms. Glover has been a model RTW participant and we wish her much success in the future.

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