Follow up to our discussion earlier in teh week. From a press release:

“The Historic Preservation Review Board yesterday, after a hearing to review revisions to Vision McMillan Partner’s Plan for the McMillan Sand Filtration Site, voted unanimously to support advancement of the project. Board members were overwhelmingly positive in their responses to this most recent round of revisions, calling the plan a “very, very thoughtful and serious response to what we established,” (Maria Casarella) and referring to collaboration on the project as “very tangible and commendable.” (Rauzia Ally) The Vision McMillan Partners development team includes Trammell Crow Company, EYA and Jair Lynch Development Partners.

Anne Corbett, Project Director with Vision McMillan Partners said after the hearing: “This is a significant moment in our journey to create a unique place that honors this site’s rich history and creates opportunity and excitement for local residents. This is far from over, but our team will continue to work tirelessly with the community and the HPRB to deliver something that truly reflects the desires of surrounding communities. We are thrilled with the HPRB’s decision today and very thankful for all of the community members who came to show their support today.” Read More


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Renderings courtesy of Envision McMillan

Last week a reader asked about the plans for the McMillan Sand Filtration Site. Thanks to the folks at Envision McMillan for sending these awesome renderings of the planned McMillan Development. I’m told if all goes well “We are hoping to get shovels in the ground by summer 2014 and deliver the first buildings in 2016.”

They write on their website:

“Earlier this month, VMP submitted revised plans for McMillan that address the remaining concerns raised by the Historic Preservation Review Board at the June hearing. The Historic Preservation Officer has posted their report on the new designs and it’s pretty fabulous news.

Key highlights include the following direct quotes:

“(T)he latest version of the master plan represents a significant improvement over previous versions and now retains the significant above-grade topographical, architectural and engineering features that were identified by the Board as the most important.”

“The revised master plan would retain significant character-defining features of the landmark sufficient to convey its historic character.”

The report recommends, specifically, that the Board “find the concept designs to represent an architecturally coordinated and cohesive approach that specifically relates to the character of the McMillan site.”

Read the entire report here.

If you would like to come support the project at the hearing, please let me know– email me at mcmsalon(at) We’d love to see you at HPRB, but if you miss that, please be sure to join us at the Open House on November 16th.”


More renderings after the jump. Read More


Photo by PoPville flickr user hellomarkers!

McMillan Reservoir – mixed use retail?

“I just saw some minutes from a meeting today that included some discussion on the plans for the McMillan reservoir in Bloomingdale and it says “mixed use retail and residential buildings.”

I’m wondering what “mixed use retail” even means. Does that mean a grocery store? Or, maybe it’s just a typo…”

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