By Katie Arcieri – Staff Reporter, Washington Business Journal
Mar 20, 2018, 10:20pm EDT Updated 10 hours ago
Bo Menkiti patiently stood outside of the D.C. Council chambers Tuesday afternoon, ready to testify before city lawmakers about a process that he says is broken when it comes to vetting developments in the District.
Also out in force: Residents and organizations who depend on the appellate courts to act as a check on what they consider a pro-developer system. Groups like the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association, Kalorama Citizens Association and Empower DC believe the proposed comp plan does not do enough to create new or preserve existing affordable housing, that it would drive additional displacement and economic disparity and virtually ensure the approval of almost any project.
"This is an assault on the principles of due process and judicial review on the most basic checks and balances in our form of government," testified Kirby Vining, the treasurer of Friends of McMillan Park, which has consistently opposed the 25-acre McMillan redevelopment at North Capitol Street and Michigan Avenue NW.