Thursday, May 30, 2013

5th and K NW Looks Great

This Saturday will mark the end of a one-year remake of K Street NW in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood. The District Department of Transportation embarked on a streetscape improvement program in March of 2012 for K Street NW between 3rd and 7th Streets. In an area formerly of sparse retail, some residential, and lots of parking, the new streetscape of the main drag goes right along with the addition of new restaurants and housing.

The corner of 5th and K NW is now quite busy and is home to a number of restaurants and retail establishments including: Gables City Vista Apartments (formerly The V), Busboys and Poets, Kushi Izakaya and Sushi, Taylor Gourmet, Sweetgreen, Capital One Bank, Popular Cuts Barber Shop, Benjamin Moore Paints, Safeway, Chipotle, 5th Street Hardware, Subway Liquors, Mandu Korean, VIDA Fitness and more.

There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony and festival this Saturday to celebrate the changes. The Mayor, Vincent Gray, is scheduled to attend. The festival will run from 12:00 Noon - 4:00 PM.

Here are a few photos of the new streetscape elements in and around 5th and K.

Wider sidewalks and added green space.
More public seating.
Restaurants have added sidewalk seating. Here: Mandu.
Residential development at 440 K St NW.
Bikeshare station.
Bike lanes and sharrows.
Huge planters and new trees.