Mount Vernon Triangle CID Hosts Annual Meeting; Highlights Econ. Development & Announces Public Service Award

Thursday May 21, 2015

The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District (MVT CID) today hosted its Annual Board and Membership Meeting. MVT CID President, Claire Schaefer Oleksiak, and members of the Executive Committee led the meeting, which was held at the Association of American Medical Colleges headquarters building at 655 K Street, NW in Washington, DC.

The annual meeting provided an opportunity for MVT CID stakeholders to network and celebrate the year’s initiatives and programs. Introductory remarks were made by AAMC President and CEO, Darrell G. Kirch, MD and the keynote was given by Mayor Muriel Bowser. Included in the program were awards for the Mount Vernon Triangle Clean Team Ambassadors, recognition of Metropolitan Police Department Officers David Leaty and Joel Charles for their work in the community and the presentation of the annual Public Service Award to Kids in the Triangle (KITT) parents’ group founder and leader, Michelle Martin.

“The Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood continues to grow and thrive as retail, residents and tenants are attracted by the central location, an array of amenities, friendly, clean and safe streets, and high quality public space and architecture,” said MVT CID President, Claire Schaefer Oleksiak. “In the coming year, I look forward to working with the Board and our stakeholders to welcome 10 new retail establishments, plan for enhanced park spaces, focus on neighborhood culture and arts, encourage strong economic development and continue to provide a clean and safe public realm of the highest quality.”

Public Service Award
Each year, the MVT CID has recognized an individual in the community who, through their leadership, has improved the public experience. Michelle Martin, Mount Vernon Triangle resident and the founder and leader of Kids in the Triangle or “KITT”, was presented this year’s Public Service Award for Outstanding Leadership and Dedication to the Community. Michelle, through her enthusiastic initiative, has made a significant contribution to the vibrancy of our neighborhood. In 2010, Michelle founded KITT, starting with just four families at City Vista. Since then, she has fostered this tightly knit group of parents into a large network of downtown families that connect and support each other. KITT helps downtown families find information on the latest kid friendly events in the neighborhood, ask questions about child care issues and DC schools, serves as a resource to resell and exchange children’s items and most importantly, functions as a trusted resource for families who are raising their children in the city. She is an outspoken advocate on the need for playgrounds and green space in downtown neighborhoods and a staunch supporter for our MVT FRESHFARM Farm Stand and family-friendly events.

Economic Development Summary
The MVT CID released its FY14 Annual Report today and presented the economic development summary through today. The MVT CID is experiencing a surge in retail openings and announcements and the advancement of important development plans for commercial projects on key sites in the Triangle.

Approximately 70,000 SF of new retail has been signed and/or opened since January 2014. New restaurants and retailers include:

A Baked and Wired bakery concept
Happy Day Nails & Spa
L’Hommage Bistro Francais
RPM Italian
Soul Cycle
Texas de Brazil
Ottoman Taverna

Residential developments totaling 1,230 units have been either delivered or are under construction:

Lyric 440K apartments
Meridian II apartments
450K apartments
460 New York Avenue condominiums
1031 4th Street apartments
455 Eye Street apartments

Recent office leases include:

American Dental Education Association (ADEA)
Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA)
District of Columbia Building Industry Association (DCBIA)

In addition to economic growth, in 2014 the MVT CID led the way in bringing art and color to the neighborhood, enhancing the pedestrian experience with bright street banners, providing public outdoor seating with colorful tables and chairs at the 5th & K plaza, sponsoring a temporary art mural along K Street and winning a Playable Art Grant from the DC Office of Planning.

Board Members and Annual Report

The following Board Members were voted on for a three-year term and confirmed today:

Ms. Abby Elbaum, Principal, Ogden CAP Properties, LLC

Mr. Nick Franzetti, Senior Vice President, ASB Real Estate Investments

Mr. Hakan Ilhan, Restaurant Owner, Alba Osteria, L’Hommage Bistro Francais & Ottoman Taverna

Ms. Michelle Martin, Resident at City Vista and Founder of Kids in the Triangle

Mr. Mark Wood, Director of Facilities, Association of American Medical Colleges

The MVT CID FY 2014 annual report can be downloaded at or picked up at the MVT CID office at 901 4th Street, NW.

About The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District
The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District is a private, nonprofit organization established to enhance the overall quality of life for residents, visitors, employees and property owners in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood in Downtown DC. The Mount Vernon Triangle is considered to be one of Washington DC’s best examples of a mixed-use community, at the heart of the City—both geographically and culturally. Its boundaries include 17 blocks within the East End of downtown Washington, D.C., bordered by Seventh Street to the west, Massachusetts Avenue to the south, New York Avenue to the north and New Jersey Avenue to the east. The Mount Vernon Triangle is a welcoming, authentic, and centered neighborhood that mirrors the City’s unique mix of historic and modern buildings, longtime and new residents, and diverse cultures, restaurants, and experiences. For more information, we invite you to explore our website at or follow us on Facebook at or Twitter @MVTCID.