Hoyas Housing in NoMa
One of the last few empty parcels of NoMa land has been claimed. Earlier this month, Georgetown University and Gonzaga College High School announced an agreement of an 85-year ground lease for the empty Gonzaga-owned land at 55 H St. NW. The two Jesuit academic institutions hope the agreement will activate the vacant site for the University’s use.
The underdeveloped land sits adjacent to Gonzaga’s athletic field and is blocks away from Georgetown’s Law Center, School of Continuing Studies and a recently acquired property on 1st St. NW. Though Georgetown has not confirmed their intentions for this new space, they said they anticipate an increased demand for student housing and will likely construct a new residential building.
“We are pleased that this partnership will provide Gonzaga with resources to support its educational mission, and we’re glad to have a fellow educational institution as our neighbor at this site,” says Christopher Murphy, Vice President for Government Relations and Community Engagement at Georgetown University.
“We believe activating the site seven days a week will be a positive development for the 100 block of H Street and the surrounding neighborhood.” NoMa BID President Robin-Eve Jasper applauds the new partnership. “Gonzaga has been one of the most important institutions in the NoMa community,” she says. “Enhancing its ability to serve students, while at the same time providing new facilities for Georgetown University and further activating H Street, just steps from the new WeWork location — all add to the abundant creative energy in NoMa today.”
Meeting of MVT Minds
The movers and shakers of Mount Vernon Triangle held their annual celebration of the progress the growing neighborhood has made throughout the year. With over 100 attendees at the AJAX event space, the Community Improvement District (CID) presented their annual report and gave awards to those who have served the neighborhood well.
The meeting was MC’d as always by CID President and CEO Kenyattah Robinson. The event also featured keynote remarks by Kristi C. Whitfield, Director of DC’s Department of Small and Local Business Development. But the star of the show, as always, was the MVT Clean Team, who always bring joy to the celebration with their green shirts and stories of great success. At the end of the event, an announcement of election results for MVT CID’s Board of Directors was made.
“It’s clear that Mount Vernon Triangle’s recent growth has been both necessary and essential to the growth of our city as well as its ability to serve all who depend upon its services,” said Kenyattah A. Robinson, MVT CID President & CEO. “And while our positive fiscal impact toward DC’s tax base is something that we can all be proud of, we’re equally proud of Mount Vernon Triangle’s contributions toward some of our city’s most important priorities, such as the creation of more housing that is affordable to greater numbers of DC residents.”
The theme of the day, if there was one, was the emphasis and progress on affordable housing in MVT – discussed as a symbiotic relationship between development growth and protecting the least among us.
As noted in the MVT CID Annual Report, 175 of the 181 housing units currently under development in Mount Vernon Triangle – or 97% – will be affordable to residents earning between 30-80% of the area median income. Current projections indicate that one out of every five units in the neighborhood will be affordable once Mount Vernon Triangle’s build-out is complete.
MVT also elected three new Board Members who were voted on for a three-year term and confirmed at the annual meeting: Stacey Aguiar, Assistant Vice President, Property Management, Equity Residential (owners of 425 Mass Apartments and 455 Eye Apartments), Ronald D. Lipford, AIA, NOMA, Board Chair, Bible Way Church and Samantha Margolis, Chief Administrative Officer & Chief of Staff, AIPAC (MVT CID property owner and headquarters tenant).
According to Berk Shervin, MVT CID Chairman of the board, Mount Vernon Triangle has become an inclusive community that is open, inviting and attractive for all. “The intentional planning and skillful execution of many partners has enabled Mount Vernon Triangle to continue to blossom into the vibrant mixed-used destination envisioned since its birth out of the Mount Vernon Triangle Action Agenda published 15 years ago.”
Taylor Barden Golden is a real estate agent with The Stokes Group at McEnearney Associates, Inc. A former Hill staffer, Taylor lives in Brentwood with her husband, two dogs, and a cat. She’s always on the lookout for new places to explore and ways to spend time outside. Get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org; @rtaylorb.