Tuesday, July 29, 2014

WCP City Desk: "Zoning Commission Delays Voting on Contentious McMillan Park Plans"

Click on the link to read the * entire * Washington City Paper City Desk post:

Zoning Commission Delays Voting on Contentious McMillan Park Plans

The decades-long drama over the redevelopment of McMillan Sand Filtration Center did not get any closer to reaching a conclusion Monday night. The D.C. Zoning Commission was slated to make a zoning decision on the 25-acre site, but instead opted to delay its vote until its Sept. 29. meeting so it could learn more about the proposed plans.
In front of a packed audience—by zoning commission meeting standards, anyway—Commission Chair Anthony Hood said, "This is too important...Our goal is to do this as right as possible."

The plans have divided the community, with two factions forming: Save McMillan Park and Create McMillan Park. Save McMillan wants the shuttered site to be transformed into a "great metropolitan park" while Create McMillan wants to develop the land. Each party had representatives present at Monday's meeting wearing pins and other paraphernalia in support of their causes.
The Commission requested that Vision McMillan Partners resubmit plans with more specific ways it would implement traffic-mitigating techniques in the area surrounding the property. It also wanted to see what the plans would look like if the medical office building was scaled back. 


Unknown said...

FYI, the plans submitted to the zoning comission by the developer specifically requested the option of NOT including a grocery store. The developer has not been able to find a grocer and they do not want to delay the development of this project because they are unable to find a grocer willing to commit to this project.

Scott Roberts of Bloomingdale said...

Is Unknown's comment about the grocery store still true ?

Daniel in brookland said...

So the grocery store is just one more fraud they lied about.
The post opinion column should be honest and have a rendering of the monstrous blocks of buildings and not totally eliminate a realistic view of the plan. Opinion , editorial or news item, he excludes all kinds of negatives, but the question of public land for public needs, just goes unanswered, as does gross malfeasance in office, and theft of services..unequal distribution of resources and what any gracious healthy city needs in open and green space. They can't find park space in overbuilt NOMA even with $50 million to spend, so what kind of corruption of sound planning practice covers McMillan with dense concrete buildings , violating all environmental common sense.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/ realestate/mcmillan-plan- combines-preservation-urban- design-and-inventive- architecture/2014/07/31/ 32bc876e-0cfb-11e4-b8e5- d0de80767fc2_story.html

Please see my recent post on Washington Post Real Estate section opinion column by Roger K. Lewis

"This fascinating site (have you been on a tour?) does not sit there uselessly or keep a barbed wire fence up by spontaneous fabrication. Successive DC administrations have spent $250,000 a year to maintain this barrier. You probably have not enjoyed a tour, including the mystical underground masonry galleries
because your Deputy Mayor for "Planning" and Economic Development has blocked public access to public land, fearing the protective response of hundreds of visitors. You can choose to reward malfeasance in office, abuse of power and theft of enjoyment by your own elected and appointed "officials", I choos e to punish corruption.
They don't own it and their "stewardship" is criminal, $1000 a day for lawn mowing and graffiti removal when upper NW has 5 times the green park space.The city has flushed over $50 million down the toilet on their fence and neglect of our property, already, so don't cry we need revenue.
That park, and sustainable agriculture, a Wolf Trap style outdoor concert hall, a skating rink, a Glen Echo art/performance residency, and anything else people want to do with THEIR PARK is possible. It is being done all over the world, Seattle, New York, Paris, Istanbul, Indianapolis and can be "community owned" as it already is.

Interesting that the Cyber yuppies that are so brilliant with computers, have to beg Nanny state for their food and little plazas and "dog Parks". See to get park space in DC it is better to be a dog. The city government doesn't care about people, or anything east of 16th Street, been this way forever!
Isn't it racial, and economic class discrimination that has made the west section beautiful and the east a hot dense failed infrastructure of raw sewage flooding, and treated like a commodity to this day, to be traded to corporations. Get real, this is a World Capitol and our parks, and community activities should represent that, just like Senator McMillan planned with Olmsted and the Cities Beautiful Movement over 100 years ago. If you want to support the heat island, carbon emitting environmental waste of this fascinating public land for a hideous "National Harbor" God willing you wake up soon and ask how to do much better for your family and children.