About Mount Vernon Square
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About Mount Vernon Square (top)
- In the Heart of a City, A Neighborhood That Cares, Washington Post, 5/20/04
- Mount Vernon Square Historic District Brochure
- Beyond DC Profile and Photo Gallery
- PBS Virtual Tour of Shaw
- Mount Vernon Triangle Is Getting Safer, DC North, 12/08
- Mixed-Use Project Awaits D.C. Approval, Crucial Financing, Washington Post, 11/24/08
- Property Values Soaring in NOMA, The Examiner, 1/29/06
- When the Moon Hits Your Eye Like a Big … condo, Washington Business Journal, 10/3/05
- District of Columbia: Mayor’s Office
- DC Congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton: The District’s representative in the U.S. Congress.
- DC City Council & Member Link: Keep informed of Council actions and public meetings, view the Council’s weekly schedule, and read proposed legislation.
Mount Vernon Square Area in the News (top)
Elected Representatives (top)
Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans 724-8058 (email)
Represents the area of MVSNA west of 4th Street and north of New York Avenue.
Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. (email)
Represents the area of MVSNA east of Kirby Street and north of New York Avenue.
Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells (email)
Represents the portion of MVSNA encompassing the area south of New York Avenue and the “chimney” bounded by 4th, N and Kirby Streets.
At-Large Council Members
Vincent C. Gray, Chairman: (email)
Michael A. Brown: 724-8105 (email)
David Catania: 724-7772 (email)
Phil Mendelson: 724-8064 (email)
Kwame R. Brown: 724-8174 (email)
- Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) consider a wide range of policies and programs affecting Logan Circle residents, including economic development, street improvements, zoning, police protection, traffic, parking, liquor licenses, sanitation and trash collection, and the District’s annual budget. Recommendations of the ANC must be accorded “great weight” by the District government when final decisions are made on policies affecting our community.
- Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2C: General Telephone Number: 387-1596 (ANC Executive Assistance Leroy Thorpe). ANC 2C includes the area of MVSNA west of New Jersey Avenue/4th Street, NW. The Commission ordinarily meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm. Call 387-1596 to determine the location, which varies from month-to-month. You may also contact Commissioners Chapple or Padro to request to be included on their ANC e-mail distribution lists. Commissioners Curtis and Brooks represent portions of MVSNA.
||Alexander Padro (email)
||1519 8th Street, NW 20001
||Kevin Chapple (email)
||438 S Street, NW 20001
||612 Emmanuel Ct. NW #204 20001
||1330 7th Street, NW #606 20001
- Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5C: Commissioner Hammond’s Single Member District (ANC 5C02) includes the MVSNA area east of New Jersey Avenue with the exception of that falling within ANC 6C02. See map. ANC 5C meetings are generally held on the third Tuesday of the month. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 832-1965 for the meeting time and location.
||202 Bates St., NW
||1813 North Capitol St., NE 20002
||PO Box 77002
||John T. Salatti
||131 U St., NW 20001
||209 Rhode Island Ave., NE
||Mary L. Farmer-Allen (email)
||119 Rhode Island Ave., NE 20002
||26 Bryant St., NW 20001
||Marshall R. Phillips, Sr. (email)
||336 Channing Street, NE 20002
||Silas H. Grant
||2830 6th St., NE 20017
||3149 Hawthorne Drive, NE
||Derrick O. Holloway (email)
||4430 1st Street NE 20011
- Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6C: Commissioner Dixon’s Single Member District (ANC 6C02) includes the MVSNA area known as the chimney, which includes the area north of New York Avenue between 4th and Kirby Streets NW, and the Blocks of M, Morgan, and N Streets, NW. For more information or to verify the meeting date and location, call 421-4511.
||901 New Jersey Ave., NW
||Mark A. Dixon*
||80 New York Ave., NW #402 20001
||Lena A. Brown
||8 Temple Court, NW 20001
||1150 5th St., NE
||228 Parker St., NE
||618 F St., NE 20002
||218 5th St., NE 20002
||Karen J. Wirt
||234 E Street, NE 20002
||Charles A. Docter
||801 Pennsylvania Ave., NW #1101 20004
Government Services and Agencies (top)
- District of Columbia Homepage: Links and contacts for government agencies and citizen services, press releases, and directories of elected officials. Place a service request online!
- City-Wide Service Request Center727-1000
- Carlson Klapthor, Ward 2 Neighborhood Services Coordinator and Core Team Leader, 671-4095
- Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs 442-4400
- Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) 442-4442
- Building & Land Regulation Administration 442-4460
- Historic Preservation 442-4653
- Board of Elections & Ethics 727-2525
- Department of Health 442-5999
- Department of Housing & Community Development 442-7000
- Department of Motor Vehicles 727-5000
- Department of Parks and Recreation 673-7647
- Department of Public Works 673-6833
- Online Service Request Form
- Trees & Landscaping 727-5514
- Taxpayer Services 727-4TAX
- Washington Convention Center Authority: Theresa Dubois, Manager (202) 789-1600.
- Office of Zoning 727-6311
- Metropolitan Police Department: Check crime statistics, find out when your Police Service Area (PSA) meets, and how to contact your district. Mt. Vernon Square is falls within three PSAs: PSA 308 (west of New Jersey Avenue), PSA 101 (north of New York Avenue and south of N Street between 4th and Kirby, aka “the Chimney”), and PSA 501 (primarily the park at New York Avenue/N Street between 1st and Kirby).
- Map of PSAs within Mount Vernon Square Neighborhood Association boundaries
- CrimeinDC: Useful new website including google maps, statistics, and hotspots tracking crimes in DC.
- Third District (PSA 308)
- First District (PSA 101) (covers the “Chimney Area”)
- Fifth District (PSA 501) (covers the park at New York Avenue/N Street between 1stand Kirby)
- Prostitution Unit: 359-4998
- Transit Authority, Washington Metropolitan Area 962-1234
WMATA Trip Planner
- DC Circulator
- Mt. Vernon Square Metro Station
- District of Columbia Public School System: Check the performance and find contacts for Mt. Vernon area public schools including Montgomery Elementary School, Shaw Junior High School, and Dunbar High School. Find out about school reform, policies, and services.
- Montgomery Elementary School, 673-7245, 421 P Street, NW.
- Shaw Junior High School, 673-7203, 925 Rhode Island Avenue, NW.
- Dunbar High School, 673-7233, 1301 New Jersey Avenue, NW.
- Northwest Settlement House (NWSH): Offers a wide range of educational activities to the Shaw community under three main program areas: Developmental Daycare, Social Services, and Youth Services. The Preschool (448 Ridge Street, NW), serves 24 children, ages 2 and 1/2 to 5 years.
- Sunrise Academy: Established in 1999 as a private, non-profit, Special Education Institution in the District of Columbia, its focus is on individualized instruction and tailoring the program to the student. The purpose was to create an environment in which each student’s ability and learning style would flourish, with particular emphasis placed on individual responsibility, community service and culture. Its mission is (1) to provide a stimulating and structured educational environment that assists in the development of discipline, order, family values and respect for authority; and (2) to provide the education, training and realistic experiences between school and the world of work leading to career development. The school is located at 1130 6th St. NW, Washington, DC.
- Mount Vernon Triangle: A new neighborhood between Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey Avenues has broken ground.
- Yale Steam Laundry Condominium: Now under construction at Fourth Street and New York Avenue, N.W.
- CityVista: Formerly the home of the Wax Museum, this 3-acre site in the Mount Vernon Triangle area is under development as a mixed used property. It will ultimately include 685 residential units (441 condominiums and 244 apartments), a Safeway, and 100,000+ square feet of retail space. The first phase with 149 units is called the L at CityVista, an 11-story building located on mid-block of L Street, NW between 4th and 5th Streets. Future phases include the K at CityVista, a 12-story condominium building with 292 units, and the V at CityVista, a 9-story 244-unit apartment building. Read more in the Washington Business Journal.
- Mount Vernon Court: Located at 426 M Street, NW, this new 10-unit condominium includes a mix of flats, duplexes, and penthouse triplexes. Units feature soaring ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, custom-designed Italian kitchen cabinetry, high-end appliances including Subzero refrigerators and Wolf stoves, spa-styled baths, and private exterior terraces and balconies. Starting in the $400’s.
- The Flats at Chase Court: Located at 420 M Street, NW, Chase Court was named in honor of Salmon Portland Chase, a United States Supreme Court Chief Justice. The facade of the original house, built in 1873, has been kept intact to preserve history while the remainder of the house has been completely redesigned and rebuilt to offer an impressive 4 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath townhome. Standing next to the townhome is a brand new 4 story condominium building housing four separate condo units. In, addition to the townhome and condominiums, there is also a renovated one bedroom loft carriage home. Starting in the $500s.
- The Hillingdon: A new brick and limestone 4-unit condominium building is nearing completion at 1127 6th Street, NW. Units have high ceilings and luxury kitchen including stainless steel appliances and granite counter top. Penthouse unit has a large loft overlooking the living area and a walkout roof deck with a private hot tub featuring views of the Capitol. Starting in the $300s.
- 1119 6th Street NW: This newly constructed Victorian townhouse includes two 2-bedroom, 3-story condos and two 1-bedroom condominiums. The building will also have a private courtyard. All units feature high ceilings, gourmet kitchens with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, hardwood floors, washer/dryer, and security system. Starting in the low $400’s.
- DC City Spaces: Information about new residential construction around the city.
- East Central Civic Association: One of the oldest neighborhood associations in the District, the ECCA includes the area just north of MVSNA boundaries from N Street up to Rhode Island Avenue and from New Jersey Avenue to 7th Street, NW. Meetings are held on the first Monday of every month (the second Monday if the first is a holiday) at Fifth Street Baptist Church, 5th and Q Streets NW, at 7pm.
- Second Northwest Cooperative Homes Association, 1321 5th Street, NW, (202) 265-3080. Contact Denise Murray-Morgan, President of the Board of Directors, or their general e-mail address.
- Pediatric AIDS/HIV Care: Located on the 400 Block of M Street, this organization preserves, assists and strengthens the well-being of children (ages 5-18) living with HIV/AIDS in Washington, DC so they can achieve their fullest potential. Founded in 1987, PAHC has evolved into a fully functioning independent center providing therapeutic, educational and cultural enrichment services, and social and recreational activity programs. The organization co-owns a three-story building in the Mt. Vernon neighborhood with a native Washingtonian who lost her two sons to AIDS. Send an e-mail to volunteer as a mentor or tutor, or call 347-5366.
- Allie Cat Allies: MVSNA members have teamed up with Alley Cat Allies, a national nonprofit clearinghouse for information on feral and stray cats. For more than a decade Alley Cat Allies has advocated Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) – the most humane and effective method to reduce feral cat populations. Also visit Metro Ferals, Inc., which promotes TNR and operates a spay/neuter clinic.
- DC Greenworks: 1701 6th Street, NW, 518-6195: DCG sees a vital connection between ecology and economy, between employment potential and environmental sustainability. Whether by adding a greenroof, rain garden or rain barrel to your home or business, becoming a D.C. TreeKeeper, or training for a job in the green collar industry, DCG’s services create lasting beauty for your home and neighborhood, benefit for your wallet and the local economy, and a substantial contribution to the health of D.C.’s environment. Contact Liz Tylander, Community Outreach Organizer, who attended our August 2006 meeting.
- Shaw Main Streets, Inc.: Shaw Main Streets, Inc. (SMS) is a non-profit organization facilitating a community-driven process to revitalize the 7th and 9th Street commercial corridors of the Shaw area following a comprehensive four-point strategy of organization, public outreach and marketing, physical improvements, and economic development. MVSNA President Cary Silverman and president emeritus Deborah Ziska serve on the SMS Board of Directors.
- 9th Street Business and Property Owners Association: The Ninth Street Business and Property Owners Association Inc. represents entrepreneurs and property owners from Barry Place NW south on Ninth Street to Massachusetts Avenue, NW that have come together to increase the visibility of their neighborhood and improve its economic vitality, overall appearance and social quality.
- Shaw Community: Information on community events and businesses in the neighboring Shaw area.
- Downtown DC: Learn about ongoing economic developments in the heart of the city from the Downtown D.C. Business Improvement District, a 110-block neighborhood where property owners tax themselves to make their community cleaner, safer and more vibrant.
DC Chamber of Commerce: The District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to improving the climate for business in D.C. With over 1,200 members, DCCC has a powerful impact on legislation and the business climate.
- Federation of Citizen Associations of the District of Columbia: The federation works for the strengthening of residential communities, provides a forum for the expression and exchange of opinions furthers the interests of the people of DC. Read the Federation’s Newsletter online.
- D.C. Vote: The mission of the Coalition for DC Representation in Congress Education Fund is to educate the public and the Congress of the United States about the need for citizens of the District of Columbia to enjoy full voting representation in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.
- Alpersteins Furniture: Alpersteins Furniture Store has been providing quality service to satisfied customers since 1904. 1015 7th Street, NW, 783-0100, email@example.com
- A.V. Ristorante Italiano: Stumbling into this long-running, family-owned Italian restaurant — and you might, because it’s dim as a cave, with blood-red banquettes and dark wood paneling — it would be easy to tag it as that spaghetti house of your dreams. Unlike some of those Italian-flavored chains that attempt to re-create yesteryear with boat-size portions and kitschy props, A.V. is the real deal. 607 New York Avenue, NW, 737-0550
- Avenue: A four-level lounge housed in 12,000 square feet of historic space. 649 New York Avenue, NW, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Marrakesh Restaurant: An exotic dining experience that transcends mere dining and brings you into another world where you are greeted by smiling faces in Moroccan garb, taking you out of your daily routine for several wonderful hours. Course after course of Moroccan cuisine featuring succulent meats, vegetables, and salads served against the backdrop of Middle Eastern music and decor will both excite and lull you into one of the most special evenings of your life. Entertainment is provided nightly in the lovely form of a talented professional belly dancer, and the staff will tend to your every need. 617 New York Avenue NW, 393-9393.
- Miller Copying Service: Founded in 1998, Miller Copying Service’s mission is to provide the very best service to its customers in a efficient and dependable manner. 1111 7th Street NW, 682-1400.
- Warehouse Theater and Cafe: The Warehouse now consists of the Warehouse Theater, a 120-seat black box theater; the Warehouse Gallery, showcasing emerging artists from Washington and beyond; the Warehouse Cafe, a place for coffee drinks, home-made sweets, a sandwich and a drink before the show; the Warehouse Next Door, a music venue; the Warehouse Second Stage, a 45-seat black box, and the Warehouse Screening Room, a 50-seat screening room for local filmmakers, small scale film festivals and private screenings. 1017-21 7th Street, NW, 783-3933.
- The Brass Knob and the Backdoors Warehouse: Washington’s premier dealers in Architectural Antiques, specialize in selling antique or used materials for both residential and commercial restorations and renovations as well as for new construction. The Brass Knob stocks authentic antique hardware, restored lighting, mantels, stained glass and a variety of decorative items. The Back Doors Warehouse, which relocated in August 2005 to an historic building at 57 N Street NW, stocks larger items in greater volume including doors, bathtubs, sinks, radiators, iron fencing and larger decorative architectural elements. With over 20,000 feet of display area, this new store is more than double the size of their previous location.
- Washington Convention Center: The new Washington Convention Center opened in 2003. The facility has 2.3 million square feet of space and covers six city blocks. It is the largest building in DC and is as big as 6 football fields, four jumbo jets or two major league baseball fields. It includes more than 700,000 square-feet of exhibit space with ceilings a minimum of 30 feet high and columns on a minimum of 90 foot centers. 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, 249-3000.
Public Safety (top)
Development in and Around Mount Vernon Square (top)
Community, Nonprofit, and Local Business Organizations (top)
Local Businesses (top)
Religious Institutions (top)
- Metropolitan Community Church, 474 Ridge Street NW, 638-7373. In the heart of Mt. Vernon Square, Sunday worship services are held at 9am and 11am. MVSNA’s monthly membership meetings are held at MCC.
- United House of Prayer (history), 601 M Street NW, 289.1916.
- Third Street Church of God: 1204 3rd Street NW, 347-5889.
- New Covenant Evangelistic Center, 1418 New Jersey Avenue NW, 588-8484.
- Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I Street NW, 408-3100.
Local Blogs (top)
Yahoo E-Mail Discussion Groups (top)
Local Newspapers and Magazines (top)
- Capital Community News (DC North, Hill Rag, and East of the River)
- DC Watch
- The Examiner
- The Intowner
- Washington Business Journal
- Washington CityPaper
- Washington Post
- Washington Times
- Sursum Corda Community Library: Sursum Corda Community Library was the last of the four portabranches built in the District of Columbia, and the most recently constructed Neighborhood Library in the D.C. Public Library System. Named after the nearby housing complex, the library opened November 29, 1993 with an interior area of approximately 1,600 square feet and book collection of 20,000 volumes.
- In Shaw: Includes announcements and other information about the area east of 7th Street and north of the Mt. Vernon area.
- City Museum of Washington: The City Museum of Washington, D.C. is the only museum in the District dedicated to telling the history of the city. Located in the renovated Carnegie Library in Washington’s Mt. Vernon Square neighborhood, the museum offers exhibits, a public library and a multi-media show. Although currently closed, the museum is expected to reopen soon.
- D.C. Historic Preservation Design Guidelines: These guidelines are intended to assist owners and tenants of historic buildings to maintain, preserve and enhance the architectural character of their property. The guidelines are also intended to assist architects, contractors and others involved in maintaining and preserving historic buildings to plan and implement rehabilitation and restoration projects that meet acceptable standards of design and treatments of historic materials. The guidelines also address issues important to maintaining and preserving the character of neighborhoods and districts, such as designing additions to historic buildings, constructing new buildings in historic districts, accommodating the disabled and conserving energy.
- DC Pages: Local DC links for just about everything you can think of.
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