Team chosen to develop land in Mount Vernon Triangle

The District government has selected the development team of Peebles Corp. and Walker Group to redevelop a District-owned land parcel at Fifth and I streets NW in Ward 6. The parcel, in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood, is three blocks from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, walking distance to Metrorail, and near public amenities such as Union Station and Verizon Center.

A Request for Expressions of Interest was issued by the D.C. government in April 2013. After 10 responses, four teams were short-listed late last year. The short-listed teams submitted final offers in February. According to the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Development, the selected team’s final proposal, a mixed-use development that includes a hotel, condominiums and 100 affordable housing units, provided the highest monetary value for the land. The District will begin negotiations with the team over the next several weeks.

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Rain gardens installed at 19th and L streets NW

The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District recently opened four rain gardens at 19th and L streets NW, in one of the most heavily trafficked areas of the District.

Each rain garden measures 10 by 57 feet and will include sustainable plants that attract birds, butterflies and bees, as well as seats for pedestrians. The beds sit at a natural low point in the neighborhood and will capture stormwater, keeping it out of the city’s combined sewer system. Funding for the project comes primarily from D.C. Department of the Environment and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grants.

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Tour highlights connection to Harlem renaissance

The Humanities Council of Washington, D.C., and the D.C. Public Library will present a free literary walking tour, “U Street and the Harlem Renaissance,” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Tour guide Kim Roberts, a D.C. literary historian, will meet participants at the 13th Street entrance to the U Street Metro station.

Authors and artists discussed will include Zora Neale Hurston, Duke Ellington, Jessie Redmon Fauset, Richard Bruce Nugent, Langston Hughes, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, James Weldon Johnson, Alain Locke and Rudolph Fisher. Participants will tour the U Street neighborhood and explore locations found in literary works.

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Several stops are included in a new iPhone and Android app, DC By The Book, which guides users to historical literary tour sites across the city. To download, go to

— Compiled by Terence McArdle