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North Capitol and Michigan Ave, NW
Thanks to Mark for sending: “I am thrilled to report that the demolition of McMillan is proceeding at an impressive clip. I have walked past the site every day this week and each time observed more progress in the dismantlement of the sand filtration structures. Read More
From a press release:
“Today we announce the formation of a new citizens group: Develop McMillan. Formed in September 2020 to support the development and revitalization of the McMillan Sand Filtration site, this group of citizens from Bloomingdale, Stronghold and other local neighborhoods numbers 300 members strong and grows each day. This decommissioned industrial site has sat vacant, decaying and unused for decades thanks to needless delays.
The McMillan project has been in the works for many years, with input from the community going back as far as 2007. Read More
Michigan and North Capitol Street, NW
Not exactly the same, obviously, but let us remember that the Uline Arena was a parking lot for many many years too and is now home to REI, Red Bear and more.
Thanks to Kevin for sending:
“At last week’s MAG (McMillan Advisory Group) meeting, there was a little tidbit that was new; there is a plan to add the McMillan Fountain in its entirety above the NE corner of 1st and Channing Streets NW, as part of the new park.” Read More
“Anyone know why the area around McMillan “park” (aka not the reservoir) smells like feces? Second miserable run down north cap and turning onto Channing”
Ed. Note: Last week UrbanTurf reported:
“For more than two years, appeals have kept the planned-unit development (PUD) in limbo. However last week, the DC Court of Appeals, in its final decision on the PUD, affirmed that while the original PUD order offered insufficient justification for several provisions of the development, the response that the Zoning Commission issued on remand adequately addressed any outstanding concerns.
Between this decision and the time extension granted earlier this year, the development team has until March 2021 to apply for building permits.“
Like many before me, I have dug deep into the history of the McMillan Reservoir and Sand Filtration Site. It’s clear that the Bloomindale community is unlikely to agree on what is best for the future of the sand filtration site. However, I’m wondering what efforts, if any have been made to open a 4-6 acre portion of the McMillan Filter Plant, currently owned and operated by The Army Corps of Engineers?
This 4-6 acre space (pictured in attached images) is located adjacent to and Southwest of the McMillan Reservoir beginning at the corner of 1st and Bryant Streets NW. This site, which is on the opposite, west side of 1st St NW from the sand filtration site, is the original location of McMillan Park where the McMillan Fountain once stood. The site is currently fenced off, apparently for security reasons. The portion of the security fence along 1st St NW and Bryant ST NW could be removed with no security risk to the remaining areas of the McMillan Filter Plant. A new security fence could be installed on the western side of this 4-6 acre field. Read More
Thanks to a reader for sending:
“There is a pair of hawks that we often see around the McMillan site north of Bloomingdale, and this one is regularly perched at the NE corner watching cars go by at Michigan and North Capitol. I like to think he or she is the neighborhood protector referenced in the sign.”
If you spot a hawk or any interesting wildlife around town, lunching or otherwise, and get a good photo please send in an email where you spotted it to [email protected] and I’ll add it to the queue. Hawks around Town is made possible by a generous grant from the Ben and Sylvia Gardner foundation.
At a “ground breaking” ceremony yesterday the Mayor said: “Today’s groundbreaking is the culmination of nearly 30 years of work to ensure the McMillan redevelopment will best serve the residents of Ward 5”
Alas it may require a bit more than 30 years… WAMU reports:
“In its ruling, the a three-judge panel found that the Zoning Commission did not adequately justify its decision to allow the proposed development at McMillan to exceed zoning limits for the site in the city’s Comprehensive Plan.
But the court’s ruling wasn’t a total win for the Friends of McMillan Park. In the ruling, the court’s judges found that high-density development could be permitted on the site, despite it being zoned for lower levels of density.”
Updates. No, no more updates for a while. I have McMillan fatigue. Updates when something concrete, no pun intended, happens one way or the other. In the meantime:
Ed. Note: You can read about the ongoing “McMillan Park” Lawsuit here.
From a press release:
“Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) Brian Kenner broke ground on the McMillan Sand Filtration Site, a 25-acre development located at North Capitol Street and Michigan Avenue, NW in Ward 5. The transformative project is expected to create 6,200 jobs and 134 units of affordable housing and produce $1.2 billion in economic activity over 30 years. The groundbreaking represents the first activity at the site in nearly three decades.
“Today’s groundbreaking is the culmination of nearly 30 years of work to ensure the McMillan redevelopment will best serve the residents of Ward 5,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “When I took office, I committed to moving big projects forward so DC communities can benefit from the District’s growth and development. McMillan is proof of my administration’s unwavering commitment to getting more residents on pathways to the middle class by creating employment opportunities and affordable housing.”
The $720-million redevelopment of McMillan is the product of a successful community-driven process led by Mayor Bowser. Throughout the planning process and the selection of the development team, the District and its partners convened over 200 workshops and community forums, ensuring residents had a voice in shaping the vision of their neighborhood. Vision McMillan Partners (VMP) will redevelop the site, which will feature: 12 acres of public, open and green space; an eight-acre park; a 17,000 square-foot community center with a pool; a full-service grocery store; restaurants and retail; 655 units of housing (134 affordable); and over one million square-feet of healthcare facility space. All 24 historic buildings and two underground cells will be preserved. Read More
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.”