Sand is turned — but strong opposition remains — at McMillan site
Washington Business Journal
District officials turned over ceremonial sand at the former McMillan Sand Filtration Plant on Wednesday, saying they were excited to get started on the $720 million redevelopment of the 25-acre D.C.-owned parcel.
McMillan is a project 30 years in the making, Mayor Muriel Bowser said. The opposition, led by Friends of McMillan Park, is at least a decade old and is currently driven by the group's ongoing appeal of the McMillan zoning approvals.
The plan for McMillan — a historic site bounded by North Capitol, First and Channing streets and Michigan Avenue NW — calls for roughly 1 million square feet of medical office space from Trammell Crow, 531 apartments and a 52,000-square-foot Harris Teeter from Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners and 146 townhouses from EYA. There will be 134 units of affordable housing, as well as a “walking museum,” a plaza and a playground. Members of the development team — collectively called Vision McMillan Partners — attended but did not take part in the formal groundbreaking.