CID Leadership Talks MVT at ULI

Friday September 27, 2019

Last Friday, more than 6,500 professionals from every sector of the real estate industry convened in Washington, DC for the Urban Land Institute (ULI) fall meeting. The oldest and largest network of cross-disciplinary real estate and land use experts in the world, ULI provides leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. As part of this flagship ULI event, Kenyattah Robinson – MVT CID’s President & CEO – was invited to present on the following two panels during the fall meeting’s culminating day:

  • Earlier that morning, Kenyattah joined Sandy Wilkes of The Wilkes Company and Marnique Heath of STUDIOS Architecture to present on the topic of Building New Communities: Mount Vernon Triangle to ULI’s Responsible Property Investment Council. Sandy, whose company and partners have been responsible for some of Mount Vernon Triangle’s most iconic properties and retail operators, opened by sharing some of the key catalytic events in the transformation of Mount Vernon Triangle. Next, Kenyattah gave the group an overview of the MVT CID organization and current Mount Vernon Triangle development dynamics. And Marnique closed with an overview of her firm’s thinking behind the design for the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies building at 640 Massachusetts Avenue NW where the meeting was held, and the role of DC’s Historic Preservation Review Board (for which she serves as Chair) in preserving the character of the Mount Vernon Triangle Historic District. The session culminated with attendees being provided with an outdoor walking tour of Mount Vernon Triangle.
  • Later that afternoon, Kenyattah joined Carolyn Sponza of Gensler and Josh Silver of the DC Office of Planning at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center to present on the topic of Pop-Up District: A Guide to Returning the Public Realm to the Public. Using the CulturalDC Mobile Art Gallery, K Street artwork and Prather’s Alley activation projects as precedent case studies, Kenyattah walked session attendees through some of the nuances of working with MVT CID’s local and federal partners to obtain approval to locate these community amenities in public space.

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