The process to choose the developer for McMillan was flawed, D.C. auditor says
Longtime opponents of the District’s plans to develop the 25-acre McMillan Sand Filtration Center site into retail, office and housing space have scored a victory — at least in principle. The D.C. auditor said last week that the bidding process to develop the high-profile property did not follow typical city protocol and the project should be put out to bid again.
The grassy city-owned site with large ivy-covered silos, at North Capitol Street and Michigan Avenue NW, was used as a water filtration plant until the 1980s and has been fenced off from the public for decades. (In 1909, it became the city’s first water cleansing system.) The city purchased the site in 1987 and officials say the plan has been to redevelop it, but constant disputes over what to do with the property have stalled plans.