Mount Vernon Triangle Blog

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.


Neighborhood Welcome Night at Alba Osteria

We are pleased to announce that Alba Osteria is now open and excited to be part of the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood. The MVT CID is joining Alba Osteria in hosting a Neighborhood Welcome Night on Thursday, January 9th from 4 pm to 7 pm at the restaurant. Alba will provide complimentary small bites and happy hour specials for local residents, tenants and businesses for the event. Stop in for lunch or dinner from Chef Roberto Donna. The menu can be found on the restaurant's website:

Kushi Offering Delivery in MVT

Kushi Izakaya & Sushi has just begun offering delivery service for orders within the Mount Vernon Triangle. Have your sushi and satay delivered to your door! For more information visit the restaurant's website or call 202-682-3123.

Happy New Year!

Throughout 2013 we received strong feedback regarding our clean and safe team and the fabulous work that they do. Last year the team collected 5,100 bags of trash and removed 78 graffiti tags, 114 posters, and 128 stickers from around the Triangle. Thank you for all of your feedback and support. We look forward to working with you 2014. We wish you a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2014!

Ace Hardware's 4th Annual Ladies Night

On February 4th, Ace Hardware will host its 4th annual Ladies Night from 4-6 pm. The first 100 guests to arrive will receive a gift bag and prizes will be raffled off throughout the event, including a $250 shopping spree! Come enjoy 20% off the store, DIY demos and workshops, drinks, snacks, and freebies. Don't forget to email to RSVP by January 31. If you have any questions call 202-682-4570.

VIDA Fitness 2014 NY

Get healthy and have fun! Join VIDA Fitness by January 10th and the rest of the month is free. For more information visit