McMillan is Finally Happening – Groundbreaking is Next Wednesday

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From a press release:

“Mayor Bowser and Deputy Mayor Brian Kenner invite you to the groundbreaking ceremony for McMillan Sand Filtration Site, a project delivering jobs, housing for all income levels, neighborhood-serving retail, a large public park, health care facilities and more.

When: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, 11 a.m.
Where: McMillan Sand Filtration Site (North Capitol Street and Michigan Ave, NW)

Please note this is an outdoor event. Enter the ceremony site from North Capitol Street NW just before the intersection of Michigan Ave NW.”

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  • justinbc

    Is that rendering the actual approved design? There’s been so much back and forth on this it’s hard to keep track.

    • If not completely current, think it’s pretty close to current. The recent changes I recall have to do with the northern-most buildings which are barely visible in the rendering above.

    • Prince Of Petworth

      That’s what they had on the invitation!

    • Neighbors to arms!
      The DC Court of Appeals still making their decision– Don’t matter!
      Gridlock from 31,000 auto vehicle trips generated DAILY by VMP, on top of 38,000 existing–Don’t matter!
      24,000 mass transit users daily with closest Metro 1 mile away—Don’t Matter!
      600 polluting buses per day necessary to haul the 24,000 mass transit users—Don’t Matter!
      Lack of Greenspace, one fifth as much as in upper NW—–Don’t Matter!
      Virtually no parks—-Don’t Matter!
      Highest air pollution measured in DC on N.Capitol—–Don’t Matter!
      Biggest land theft since The Dutch stole Manhattan—–Don’t Matter!
      Violating Federal National Historic Preservation Act—Don’t Matter!
      Speculative medical offices (1 million sq. ft.)adjacent to highest concentration of medical facilities, instead of Anacostia and numerous under-served areas of DC–Don’t Matter!
      Violating the Comprehensive Plan(our community development law) —Don’t Matter!
      Nothing, but making $billions for EYA, Jair Lynch and Trammel Crow matters, on OUR land!
      If anything matters to you, as how you want your kids and grand kids to have access to open green space, to play, and bike, and meet their friends safely, take classes, fly a kite, picnic, jog, with NO concrete, less urban heat island, and a place for a Glen Echo arts/performance campus and A DC Wolf Trap outdoor concert stage, (https://youtu.be/JQ2L0vpVqls), a carousel, skating rink, etc.etc. and 20 acres of urban agriculture to end the Food Deserts of your less fortunate neighbors. If anything matters to to you as a citizen/owner of this site as it is stolen in the biggest corruption ever (over $312million), if you care that YOUR government (a national disgrace), fenced it off for 30 years in blatant racial discrimination. If you care, please, please call or email McMillan Working Group and help us file the lawsuit to stop the “Monstrosity on Michigan Avenue”, being rammed down our throats by a Mayor who hasn’t missed an opportunity for corruption yet, and the rest of the corrupt City Council They need a black eye so badly! Daniel 202-232-8391 [email protected] Join your neighbors 25 year struggle for our healthy quality of life.

      • What does that Corrs video have to do with anything? That doesn’t even look like Wolf Trap.

      • biggest land theft since the Dutch stole Manhattan, huh? methinks certain Native Americans might have something to say about that.

      • “Coke and Pepsi are the same thing! Wake up people!” -Homer Simpson

      • McMillian? The place is a complete waste as is. Traffic? I dont care. There is already a ton of traffic and a little more won’t matter. Urban agriculture, seriously? Air pollution? Well, that’s what I do for a living and again, its a city, and the relatively small amount of traffic will have rather insignificant effects. Parking? Most people in the north end of Bloomingdale have parking in the rear yards so I’ve never understood why this is an issue. Historic? Fine, they are destroying a portion of it, but you can’t preserve everything. A city has to evolve to meet the needs of the people who live there. I have lived on Bryant for 8 years and I would like some amenities within walking distance! A nice recreation center, a grocery store.

        If you recall, walking around Mcmillan before the current construction, all you had was wind-blown garbage, people parking on 1st and going to the hospital, and creepy people sitting in cars cruising/tricking. Its not a park, and even if they did make the entire thing a park, there is simply not enough people who live nearby to use a park that big. You need a certain density to make a park useful else it just becomes a haven for crime at worst or becomes neglected at best.

        • WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG! This ceremony is at OUTRAGEOUS SHAM led by the corporately owned puppets in the Wilson building and the developer elites who will stand to benefit from this disgusting violation of democracy. NO NOT A DONE DEAL, FAR FROM IT. We have a court case pending because there IS SO MUCH CORRUPTION INVOLVED. NOT SUCCESSFUL, NOT A DONE DEAL, NOT COMMUNITY LED. Got it? Don’t believe the hype and the corporately funded mis information and lies to distort the disgraceful NO BID CONTRACT. There is very good reason why this whole process is UNDER INVESTIGATION. GREED GREED CORRUPTION AND MORE GREED. The community DO NOT want another TYSONS CORNER in DC. Not every blade of grass and precious green space needs to be paved over. Not every piece of green community NEEDS TO BE CONCRETED OVER FOR PROFIT MORE CARS MORE CAPITALISM MORE GREED MORE POLLUTION. Its disgusting.

      • People like the poster above are the precise reason that the Save McMillan folks weren’t able to garner much active support from neighbors. There’s great reason for people to be upset with the process and corruption that resulted in the no-bid handover of the land. But you can’t expect people to listen to looney bin expat above. It’s a shame that more rationally-minded folks didn’t prevail to spearhead the community pushback. That could’ve resulted in greater community benefits for the surrounding neighbors (even as-is, I think they’re pretty good compared to the fenced-off barren wasteland that’s there now).

      • Daniel wants to preserve wide-open city streets for car commuters from Maryland. Aux armes, indeed. Oh brother.

  • A snarky part of me wishes they would have the start time at 9am or 5:30pm so everyone could enjoy sitting around in traffic around the area they’re proposing greater density. You know, since a traffic’s not such a concern….

    • That would definitely teach them a lesson. Obviously, all of those drivers clogging up DC’s streets are definitely commuting from dense neighborhoods in the city, as opposed to distant suburbs.

      How about the residents of the city stop bending over backwards to accommodate Maryland drivers who don’t even pay any taxes for our roads?

      • People will be going to this site to work as well, it isn’t just residents of the proposed site going into the city to work. The northern portion will be super market, restaurants, hotel, office etc… And who is not to say a resident of the proposed site works in the suburbs etc.

        As a resident in the neighborhood, It would be nice to see something done with this site, it just stinks with corruption, but such is politics, such is this city. The northern residents of Bdale have already been dealing with DC Water for 3 years…so why not tear the place up again. Such is life in the hood.

      • No, something like 96% of DC residents bike to work.

    • traffic is a concern, but not the defining concern. the fact is that we need places for people to live. how they get around can always be improved. arguably, a car-based model is obsolete in dense cities, so we should be shifting away from that anyway.

    • Neighbors to arms!
      The DC Court of Appeals still making their decision– Don’t matter!
      Gridlock from 31,000 auto vehicle trips generated DAILY by VMP, on top of 38,000 existing–Don’t matter!
      24,000 mass transit users daily with closest Metro 1 mile away—Don’t Matter!
      600 polluting buses per day necessary to haul the 24,000 mass transit users—Don’t Matter!
      Lack of Greenspace, one fifth as much as in upper NW—–Don’t Matter!
      Virtually no parks—-Don’t Matter!
      Highest air pollution measured in DC on N.Capitol—–Don’t Matter!
      Biggest land theft since The Dutch stole Manhattan—–Don’t Matter!
      Violating Federal National Historic Preservation Act—Don’t Matter!
      Speculative medical offices (1 million sq. ft.)adjacent to highest concentration of medical facilities, instead of Anacostia and numerous under-served areas of DC–Don’t Matter!
      Violating the Comprehensive Plan(our community development law) —Don’t Matter!
      Nothing, but making $billions for EYA, Jair Lynch and Trammel Crow matters, on OUR land!
      If anything matters to you, as how you want your kids and grand kids to have access to open green space, to play, and bike, and meet their friends safely, take classes, fly a kite, picnic, jog, with NO concrete, less urban heat island, and a place for a Glen Echo arts/performance campus and A DC Wolf Trap outdoor concert stage, (https://youtu.be/JQ2L0vpVqls), a carousel, skating rink, etc.etc. and 20 acres of urban agriculture to end the Food Deserts of your less fortunate neighbors. If anything matters to to you as a citizen/owner of this site as it is stolen in the biggest corruption ever (over $312million), if you care that YOUR government (a national disgrace), fenced it off for 30 years in blatant racial discrimination. If you care, please, please call or email McMillan Working Group and help us file the lawsuit to stop the “Monstrosity on Michigan Avenue”, being rammed down our throats by a Mayor who hasn’t missed an opportunity for corruption yet, and the rest of the corrupt City Council They need a black eye so badly! Daniel 202-232-8391 [email protected] Join your neighbors 25 year struggle for our healthy quality of life.

  • Great to see this, but is this a ground-breaking actually starting construction or a ground breaking followed by waiting? I didn’t even see that they selected a contractor yet.

  • Speaking of major developments, when is Walter Reed going to break ground? Wasn’t that supposed to happen years ago?

    • Prince Of Petworth

      “On November 10, 2016, a partnership comprised of Hines, Urban Atlantic and Triden Development Group, entered into a ground lease with the District of Columbia for the development of 66 acres of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus in northwest Washington, D.C. The project, The Parks at Walter Reed, will be a mixed-use destination totaling over 3.1 million square feet of new construction and adaptive reuse of existing historic structures, in recognition of historic preservation goals established by the District. The development team also includes component developers Weingarten Realty Trust (NYSE: WRI) and Toll Brothers (NYSE: Toll), national leaders in retail and residential development, respectively.

      The Hines/Urban Atlantic/Triden partnership was selected by the District of Columbia as master developer in November 2013 following a competitive bid process. With the execution of the ground lease, the partnership is now embarking on the development of the iconic site – the largest land development in northwest D.C. The site was acquired by the District of Columbia as a result of the Base Realignment and Closure Act (BRAC) of 2005 which led to the U.S. Army vacating the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and relocating its services to the former National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. The new center, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, serves the medical needs of both former facilities.

      The Parks at Walter Reed will be phased over a 10-15 year period and will include:

      More than 2,100 units of rental and for-sale housing, including 432 affordable units serving low-income, workforce, veterans, seniors and families;
      230,000-250,000 square feet of grocery-anchored retail;
      185,000 square feet of office space;
      A 200-key hotel and conference center;
      30,000 square feet of arts and cultural uses;
      116,000 square feet of ambulatory medical care provided by Howard University Hospital;
      Two top-rated language immersion charter schools, the District of Columbia International School (middle-high school) and the Latin American Montessori Bilingual School (elementary school); and,
      Nearly 20 acres of open space, community parks, and plazas.

      The award of the project was much-anticipated in the community. “The Walter Reed Campus is one of the most transformative development projects in the entire region,” said Deputy Mayor Brian T. Kenner. “It is also a clear example of the District’s commitment to moving major projects forward in the nation’s capital. Working together, The Parks at Walter Reed will meet the expectations of the community, bringing jobs, affordable housing, economic opportunity and pathways to the middle class for thousands of DC residents

      “This master development team combines best-in-class retail, residential and mixed-use experience at national and local levels to bring The Parks at Walter Reed vision to life. We have deep roots in Washington, D.C. and are committed to honoring the legacy of Walter Reed,” stated Hines Senior Managing Director Chuck Watters.

      Vicki Davis, managing partner of Urban Atlantic commented, “We are pleased to partner with Hines and Triden on this development, the plan which reflects the history and natural beauty of the campus, preserving significant historic buildings and roughly 20 acres of green space, while making it a center for culture and the arts through creative mixed-use elements and programming in the historic structures.”

      Michael Jones, managing principal of Triden Development Group added, “The Parks at Walter Reed will be a major economic engine for the District of Columbia and, in particular, for the vibrant communities in Ward 4. The project will provide much-needed amenities and substantive economic development opportunities to the communities generating thousands of new jobs and significant additional revenues for the City.”

      Initial infrastructure work and demolition of the existing 2.6 million-square-foot hospital is scheduled to begin in 2017.”

  • I live about a block away and I’m THRILLED to see this move forward. But I thought there was litigation pending – has it been resolved?

    • There is an appeal before the zoning board, which I understand is the last serious legal challenge to the development. Although I’m sure the Save McMillan crew is hard at work on the next attempt, and will be out in force on Wednesday. That will be a fun show! My guess: the mayor’s office already has word that the zoning appeal will be denied and announced prior to this event.

  • This post has been up for an hour and only 10 comments?! I’m shocked…SHOCKED I tell you. The McMillian “Park” people are slipping.

  • Lion of LeDroit

    Hallelujah. I love huge city parks as much as the next yupster (sigh…Central Park), but I (truly) don’t understand how anyone can advocate for a 25 acre park with almost no residential density nearby. 5 acres at this particular site is plenty, and the additional density in what is now a barren, unappealing part of the city core will contribute to a park that is vibrant and generally liven up the (eerie, lifeless) area north of Bloomingdale. Too bad there aren’t more substantial, well-designed city parks in denser neighborhoods (i.e., Shaw, H Street, Mt. Vernon, Logan, etc.) in the city core; at least NoMa has the opportunity to rectify that mistake for its neighborhood.

    • “Lifeless” is a pretty silly descriptor of a residential neighborhood where people (self included) LIVE. You know that thing called real life? (Hint: it goes beyond retail). Just because a neighborhood doesn’t have a tapas bar, an organic dry cleaner, and the requisite Starbucks doesn’t make it lifeless.

      • True – there’s a lot of life in selling drugs and sex. REAL LIFE

        • Seriously though – it’s not the friendliest place after sunset.

          • Again, I would remind folks as someone who lives there that it’s also a place where I feel very safe, as do many of my neighbors, and encounter nothing but friendly, awesome people who are just raising their families. That’s right–two years spending a heck of a lot more time there than you have, without encountering anyone selling drugs or sex. But I also don’t make a habit of looking at people who might fit a certain profile and deciding that I know what activity they are engaged in. Unless you have ACTUALLY seen money changing hands or sexual favors being performed, I’d invite you to challenge your own assumptions. I would further remind you that your experience and perspective aren’t universal– and neither are mine. If you don’t want to visit our barren stretch of nothingness because you don’t feel that it’s “friendly” to you, you’re very much welcome to simply not visit these parts unless you have business at Washington Hospital Center or Children’s National Medical (see also: real life). Thanks.

          • i don’t think Anon knows what he or she is talking about wrt either Stronghold or Pleasant Plains. Both are lovely up and coming neighborhoods that are home to families, young professionals, and lifelong DC residents.

      • Lion of LeDroit

        Glad you can read a map. Stronghold is to the east and northeast of Bloomingdale, and Pleasant Plains is to the west. The area I’m referring to is McMillan itself – i.e., “the area north of Bloomingdale” – which is “literally” empty. The few dozen homes in Stronghold, along with the modest number of rowhomes along the park in north Bloomingdale and the rowhomes and student housing on the other side of the reservoir in Pleasant Plains, do not in any way constitute sufficient density to bring life to a 25-acre park. Unless, of course, the ghoulish underground residents of the cemetery abutting Stronghold decide to take regular Sunday strolls through the disproportionately sized and underutilized 25-acre park that the “Friends of McMillan” desire to construct.

  • Housing for all incomes…Riiiiight

  • I live three blocks from here in Bloomingdale and I’m psyched to see it *finally* move forward. It will be an asset to the neighborhood (grocery, park, community center) and the city (more housing, more jobs, smart, denser development). I would have supported it anyway, but the Save McMillan Park folks’ insanity only served to strengthen my resolve and interest in supporting it. From condescension (you only support it because you’re tied to developers — I’m not — or because you want the pool) to conflicting messages (I’ve seen them describe it simultaneously as too dense/too high-rise to “suburban style) to straight-up NIMBYism (one advocate working a table at Crispus Attucks told me, “Sure DC needs more housing, just not right here”), they embody the worst of community activism.

  • Where is Fredrick Law Olmsted when we need him most! We need park space here – but this is a terrible design -two big slabs of grass surrounded by a fringe of trees. Hopefully they will just make it artificial turf to begin with since it will be used as soccer/football/frisbee field anyway like Meridian Hill Park, churning it all into dirt and mud.

  • I would love to have a place to fly my drone and not fear trees.

  • I live across North Cap from this and I can’t wait to see it happen. Anything is better than the status quo!

  • Are there any notes on what grocery store it will be (or how the community can advocate for one)?

    • Harris Teeter signed on for the grocery store space.

    • Organize with the Brookland folks if you want to try to convince WF to move in. I think that’s your best bet (even if that’s still a long shot).

    • I thought it was Harris Teeter. But I couldn’t find that anywhere in the recent news/documents. Was hoping that had dropped with the delays and we could push for a WF or their new “365 Market” economy model.

      • They had signed a letter of intent a little while back. If you look at their latest renderings on Vision McMillan the grocery store image now has the Harris Teeter logo.