Key Approval Sets Early Timeline For McMillan Redevelopment
The redevelopment process for the city’s formerly-operational sand filtration site at North Capitol Street and Michigan Avenue NW has been fraught with a lot of emotion and opinions, not only from the surrounding neighborhood but from residents across the District. The back and forth has resulted in a good deal of confusion as to how and if the redevelopment would move forward, but a recent approval may indicate the way things will progress.
Last week, the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) unanimously approved the final concept and design for the public portion of the 25-acre McMillan Sand Filtration Plant and Reservoir redevelopment, paving the way for work to begin next year. This portion includes the park that will front North Capitol Street and feature a community center with a green roof, an amphitheater area, a playground, and a “sprayground” water element, as well as an abundance of green and paved spaces.