Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Betsy McDaniel: DDOTDC now accepting 2015 applications for Visitor Parking Passes (VPPs)

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8:57 PM - 1 Oct 2014

Notice of Public Hearing: Mayor's Agent hearing for McMillan -- Monday, 10-06-2014

See the notice from the DC Office of Planning Historic Preservation Office's website:

see Vision McMillan Partners' pre-hearing statement to the Mayor's Agent in advance of this Monday's Mayor's Agent hearing

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Vision McMillan@VisionMcMillan
Check out our pre-hearing statement to Mayor's Agent in advance of Monday's hearing:… #newMcMillan@ScottRobertsDC
08:58 PM - 01 Oct 14

Here is the text from the link above.  Below that is the Mayor's Agent Pre-Hearing statement.

VMP Submits Pre-hearing Statement to Mayor’s Agent

Concealed beneath a thin concrete slab covered with a layer of fill to yield the present day appearance of grassed plain, twenty sub terrain filter beds cover over 80% of the McMillan site. Constructed in 1903-04 of un-reinforced concrete, each bed or cell is approximately one acre in area. The floors of the filter beds are inverted groined arches that carry piers, with a slight batter or receding upward slope near the bottom. Spaced approximately 14’ in constant form, the piers support elliptical groined arches pierced by manholes to allow light from the surface.
The innate challenges of reuse resulting from their existing geometric form and structural deterioration, coupled with the engineering limitations of surface development absent significant alteration to their historic character, require 16 of the remaining 18 cells be demolished in order for the redevelopment of McMillan to proceed. In accordance with the District’s Historic Landmark and Historic District Protection Act, the Mayor’s Agent must conduct a hearing prior to the demolition of a historic landmark and in cases where the applicant proposes to construct a project of “special merit”.
Leading to this point, in October of 2013 the Historic Preservation Review Board or HPRB found the design for McMillan to, “represent an architecturally coordinated and cohesive approach that specifically relates to the character of the McMillan Site.” In reviewing the master plan, HPRB commended our preservation vision stating the master plan was, “developed to retain important character-defining features of the site sufficient to convey its historic characteristics.” Based on their review, HPRB recommended the project return for final review after approval by the Mayor’s Agent.
While DC’s Historic Protection Act provides for protection of landmarks and buildings in historic districts, the law neither requires nor contemplates retention of the status quo. Rather, through the review process, it seeks to ensure change is accomplished in an appropriate and compatible manner. Under the Act, the Mayor’s Agent may authorize the issuance of a permit to demolish or partially demolish a historic resource if found to be necessary in the public interest. With respect to historic landmarks, the purpose is both to retain and enhance historic landmarks by encouraging their adaptation for current use and to embolden their restoration. With respect to McMillan, the partial demolition of remaining cells will allow the creation of an extraordinary, high-quality mixed-use development that adaptively reuses one of the District’s most treasured historic engineering resources.
The Act defines “necessary in the public interest” to mean either consistent with the purposes of the preservation law, or “necessary to allow the construction of a project of special merit.” So what constitutes special merit? A project of special merit is defined as “a plan or building having significant benefits to the District of Columbia or to the community by virtue of exemplary architecture, specific features of land planning, or social or other benefits having a high priority for community services.”

Designed by leading architects in the District, each building proposed for the new McMillan is unique in systematic layering and variation of fa├žade elements, while cohesive in the employ of a consistent and limited palette of forms, geometries, rhythms, materials and colors that relates to the site’s historic resources. The design of the vertical structures is further elevated by a master plan that patterns uses based on the site’s tripartite organization, formed by the two historic service courts bisecting the site. Conceptually, the master plan preserves and reinterprets the history of the site, while proposing ideas that allow function in a contemporary context and the creation of distinctive mixed-use neighborhood.
Three new world-class healthcare facilities are the mainstay for significant job creation and positive economic development impacts on surrounding neighborhoods and the District as a whole. Redevelopment on the site will create demand for an estimated 3,000 construction related jobs; when complete, an additional 3,200 permanent jobs, the majority of which will highly sought after healthcare industry, will be available. VMP commits to a package of community benefits, including $1.2 million for the creation and furtherance of workforce development initiatives to prepare District residents for the job opportunities created by redevelopment. This level of financial commitment and job creation notably exceeds in both size and complexity similar efforts on other large District projects, further exemplifying the redevelopment’s meritorious impact on the community.
The new McMillan gives the community one of the most comprehensive affordable housing offerings of any recent District project. Within the for-sale row homes, 13 units are set aside for residents at 80% of AMI, with 9 units set aside for residents making 50% of AMI. Of the ~500 multi-family units, 110 are affordable, with 85 of these units set aside for senior residents making between 50% -60% of AMI. Organized around a 17,000 sf community center, an extensive network of public open space highlights existing historic elements, while providing opportunity for their adaptive reuse. These features of the project, along with the exemplary architecture and economic benefits, all of which have a high priority to the community, foster the goals of the preservation law and establish the special merit necessary for the issuance of the partial demolition permit.

you are invited to attend this Saturday's Rhode Island Avenue Main Street's Rhode Island Avenue NE Fall Fest !

Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 14:46:33 -0400
Subject: [WARD5] Fwd: THIS SATURDAY - Rhode Island Ave Fall Fest

Join us Saturday for Rhode Island Ave Fall Fest (between South Dakota Ave and 20th Street), 10am - 4pm... and stick around after for "PorchFest", a series of performances on neighborhood porches and spaces which runs 3:30-6:30pm. there will be PorchFest maps available at Fall Fest.

Rhode Island Ave Fall Fest is THIS SATURDAY!
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October 4, 2014

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Rhode Island Avenue Fall Fest



Then - starting at 3:30, Cultural Tourism DC and Art4AllDC bring the first ever PorchFest to RIA Main Street:

Hope to see you out on the avenue Saturday!

Commissioner Nolan Treadway
Single Member District 5C07 -- Woodridge

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Grassroots Gourmet asks for your vote for "Best Dessert" in the Washington Blade Best of Gay DC 2014

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meet and greet fundraiser for Bertha Holliday, candidate for ANC 5E07 commissioner -- Wednesday, 10-01-2014

Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 14:35:27 -0400
Subject: Meet 'n Greet for Bertha


TIME:      7:00-9:00P.M.

·         Bertha is a proven longstanding activist and advocate for the community of Bloomingdale.

·         A founding member of Coalition for Voter Empowerment (COVE).

·         Served as an active member of the Bloomingdale Civic Association (BCA) as Treasurer and Vice President.

·         Founding member of the Neighbors of the Unit Block of T Street and the T Street Restoration Committee.

·         A strong advocate for community/business partnerships.

 ·       Chair of the BCA’s Bloomingdale House Tour in 2011 and 2013, which raised scholarship funds for Bloomingdale youth. 

·         Active supporter for building affordable workforce housing at the Summit at Saint Martin’s.
This event is sponsored by John Salatti, former ANC, BCA Vice President, and Bloomingdale community advocate.  Please come out and support Bertha Holliday to build a better and more effective ANC!
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Common Good City Farm: "It's Not Too Late to Enjoy A Night on the Farm"

Subject: It's Not Too Late to Enjoy A Night on the Farm
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:15:14 +0000

Growing Food. Cultivating Community. 
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Tickets are still available for A Night on the Farm.  With weather expected to be clear and in the 60s, it will be a wonderful night to be under the stars, enjoying great food, great music, and great company.  We will continue selling tickets online until Wednesday evening with a limited number of tickets available at the door, so grab your tickets, grab a friend, and join us on the farm!
Sample the innovative dishes created by chefs from B. Lin CateringBlind Dog BakeryDino's GrottoMothershipNutrition Synergies, and Smoke & Barrel  using our farm-grown sweet potatoes, squashes, greens, and tomatoes. Sip craft beer provided by our neighbors at Right Proper Brewing Company.  Enjoy live jazz music from Pete Muldoon.  Learn more and purchase tickets HERE.

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Urban Turf: "Zoning Commission Approves First Stage of McMillan PUD"

Click on the link to read the * entire * Urban Turf post on last night's Zoning Commission thumbs-up McMillan vote of approval.

After years of debate, the Zoning Commission (ZC) has tentatively approved the first stage of a planned unit development (PUD) for the redevelopment of McMillan Sand Filtration Plant. In a 4-0 vote, the commission gave developer Vision McMillan Partners a two-year permission to move forward with the first stage of the PUD on Monday night, though final action won’t be taken until November.
The redevelopment plan for the 25-acre filtration site on the northern edge of Bloomingdale (map) includes a mix of townhouses and multi-family residential, office space, park space, a community center and retail, including a grocery store. The development team of Vision McMillan Partners (VMP) is made up of Jair Lynch, EYA, Trammell Crow, and architect Shalom Baranes.


  1. jaybee said at 8:42 am on Tuesday September 30, 2014:
    Oh thank goodness, I was worried I was really worried Friends of McMillan was going to go away.  My entertainment value would have dramatically declined.
  1. Circle Thomas said at 9:35 am on Tuesday September 30, 2014:
    When this project is finally completed in 2042, I look forward to seeing pictures of the sobbing faces of Friends of McMillan Water Filtration Site in front of it.
  1. JQH3 said at 9:48 am on Tuesday September 30, 2014:
    Would not be surprised if Fear of Modernity put out a “press release” stating that the ZC rejected the PUD and demanded that the site be immediately turned over to urban fish-farming.
    But really, can someone explain what this actually entails for the development? Does this mean it goes to Mayor’s agent next, or what does the two-year PUD entail? When does building start?

Showtime Lounge: Jack on Fire live on Sunday, 11-16-2014

See this 09-30-2014 message from Showtime Lounge:

Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:23:32 -0400
Subject: November 16 - Jack on Fire live at Showtime Lounge

Hello all -

On Sunday, November 16, we're playing songs from our debut recording Grime & Crime Vol. 1 at DC's finest establishment and last bastion of civilization, Showtime Lounge. We're on at 6, followed by the funkiest octagenarian-fronted house band in the Bloomingdale area, Granny & the Boys. It's free and we'd love to see you there.

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Jackie + Jack