Not Encouraged by the McMillan Reservoir Blog

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I had been wondering what the status of the McMillan Reservoir development was. The McMillian Reservoir blog has 2 posts and doesn’t provide a lot of hope for any progress soon.

Wikipedia says, “The 25 acre (100,000 m²) McMillan Reservoir, located between Michigan Avenue, North Capitol Street, and First Street in Northwest Washington, D.C., was designated a DC Historic Landmark in 1991.”

In Feb. 2009 the WBJ wrote:

“The recession appears to have slowed the project considerably, and construction is likely years away.

Because of McMillan’s former use, a lot of work has be done before the fenced-off land can be used for anything. Underneath is a catacomb of tunnels that were used to clean drinking water from the reservoir. The tunnels connect to roughly 2,100 manhole covers and the grassy surface.

The developers estimate demolition, grading, engineering, utilities, roads, planning and other preparation work will cost more than $50 million, which is forcing the team is to get as much revenue-producing development as possible on the site.”

Any guesses to when work may begin? I’ll set the over under at 2015.

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