|LEED for Homes Awarded to EYA TownhomesOn April 22nd, Earth Day, the US Green Building Council (USGBC) awarded the Capitol Quarter by EYA LEED certification for what will soon be the nation's largest LEED for Homes for-sale neighborhood. The plaque ceremony and luncheon were followed by demonstrations of inspections needed for certification, such as the air distribution check, blower door test to estimate leakage to the outside and thermal bypass inspection. Capitol Quarter by EYA is a model of Smart Growth development, demonstrated in the re-use of a previously developed site, accessibility to parks, water efficiency, energy efficiency, and sustainable materials. The first residents moved in last week to Capitol Quarter, the first of 323 townhomes and affordable rentals to be built in the Capitol Riverfront by EYA.
|Artistic Bike Rack Dedication
Join Mayor Adrian M. Fenty in a ceremony on Monday, April 27th at 2 pm to dedicate the district's 28 new artistic bike racks. The project to create unique bike racks designed by 6 DC artists began as a collaboration between the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH), the DC Creates Public Art program, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells. Artists were encouraged to incorporate their interpretation of the "DC Experience" into their artwork which will encourage people to bike more, enhance the city's standard bike racks, and increase the amount of bike racks throughout the city. The ceremony will be held at US DOT Plaza at New Jersey Ave and Tingey St, SE. Please RSVP to Deirdre.firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.724.5613.
|News 8 Interview with Michael Stevens|
On April 15th, Michael Stevens, Executive Director of the BID, was interviewed by New Channel 8. Michael stressed that development in the Front, though not escaping the current economic crisis that has slowed the pace of development today, has not stopped. The Capitol Riverfront is already a growing urban neighborhood with 1,500 people living and 35,000 people working in the area, "great accessibility, great proximity to the US Capitol, Congress and centers of employment, an emerging residential base that's well established and a value to retailers." He closes the interview by reminding people that "just like Verizon Center didn't happen overnight," the Capitol Riverfront will not happen overnight. Watch the interview here.
|Tour the "First Glimpse" Velocity Model|
See the largest condo-project happening in DC this year! Velocity's condo building is now open for preview tours and tours of a "first glimpse" model condo. With move-in this fall, Velocity offers a variety of condominium styles, located at 1025 First Street, SE, just blocks from the Navy Yard Metro. Learn more at www.velocitycapitolef.com or call 202.863.0260.
|Artomatic 2009 Backstage Preview
On Wednesday, April 29th, from 11 am - 12 pm, Artomatic will offer a sneak peek of their 10th anniversary event and space at Half Street's 55 M Street, SE in the Capitol Riverfront. Tour the space, hear remarks by Artomatic leaders and partners on Artomatic's history and anniversary, and listen to stories by artists about their Artomatic experience and how it has propelled their careers. In conjunction with the Capitol Riverfront BID and Monument Realty, Artomatic, opening May 29th at 55 M Street, presents over five weeks of art, music, theater, workshops and more - all of it free to visitors. Learn more at artomatic.org
|Registration Open for Living Classrooms' Summer Camp|
Discovery Creek Summer Camp encourages all children to experience, appreciate, and become stewards of the natural environment. Living Classrooms, located in the Capitol Riverfront, stregthens communities and inspires young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job training, using urban, natural, and maritime resources as "living classrooms".
The Living Classrooms camp offers boys and girls ages 4-14 the opportunity to come face to face with a Tiger Salamander, tromp through creeks to see aquatic invertebrates, climb over boulders, cycle across Maryland, cruise the Potomac and discover new adventures! To register for this year's camp, go to www.livingclassroomsdc.org
For more information, contact Anne Zuk at 202.488.0627 *236 or at email@example.com
|Capitol Hill House & Garden Tour|
The Capitol Hill Restoration Society (CHRS) will host its 52nd Annual House and Garden Tour on May 9 and 10, highlighting the Barracks Row neighborhood and including homes south of Pennsylvania Ave. On Saturday, May 9, from 4 - 8 pm, the candlelight tour stops at the Home of the Commandants at the Marine Barracks, located just above the BID's northern boundary. The Mother's Day tour on Sunday, May 10, runs from 11 am - 5 pm, capped off by a tea held from 2:30 to 5 pm at Lola's on Barracks Row. Learn about the rich histories of the houses, see detailed interior designs and visit blossoming gardens. BID Board Member Leon Kafele's home on G Street, SE is included on this year's tour. Tickets are $25 in advance and can be purchased online at www.chrs.org or at the CHRS boot at Eastern Market on weekends.
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