Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2016 5:58 PM
Subject: PRESS RELEASE: McMillan Park Court Case to be Heard by D.C. Court of Appeals on September 20, 2016
FOR RELEASE: August 14, 2016
CONTACT: Kirby Vining, 202 213-2690Linwood Norman, 804-837-0737
WASHINGTON, DC -- The D.C. Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in a case brought by the Friends of McMillan Park against decisions made by the D.C. Zoning Commission and the Mayor’s Agent for Historic Preservation that would allow demolition and subdivision of McMillan Park by constructing high-rise buildings.
Oral arguments will be heard by the Court at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 20, in a yet unspecified courtroom in the D.C. Court of Appeals, located at 430 E Street, NW, Washington, D.C. The public is encouraged to attend.
The Friends of McMillan Park has provided a plain-language summary of the main arguments the Court will hear in the lead article on the Friends of McMillan Park web page. The Court’s decision is not expected before January 2017.
The 25-acre park, located at the corner of Michigan Avenue and North Capitol Street in Northwest Washington, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as well as the District’s Inventory of Historic Sites. The City acquired the park from the Army Corps of Engineers in 1986 after the water purification facility, hidden beneath the park, was decommissioned.
The District of Columbia’s City Auditor, in a scathing letter to the District of Columbia’s Council Chairman, strongly recommended that a new competitive bidding process should be undertaken before any commercial development work is started at the park.