of the long-stalled McMillan Sand Filtration Plant redevelopment are furiously
insisting that demolition has started at the site — but District officials say
that is not the case.
Activists fighting the project, one of the most delayed development efforts in D.C.
history, spotted construction equipment at the McMillan property last week and
began circulating emails and news releases claiming that it marked the
beginning of efforts to tear down historic buildings on the 25-acre, city-owned
property at Michigan Avenue and First Street NW.
Opponent Friends of McMillan Park said it
asked for a court injunction aimed at blocking any demolition work on the site,
arguing that any work should be delayed until its copious legal challenges are
fully resolved. The D.C. Court of Appeals issued a key ruling in July that resolved one
of the largest outstanding legal obstacles to the project, but opponents have
appealed that decision.
Yet Chanda Washington, a spokeswoman for D.C.’s
Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, is adamant
that the activity on the site has nothing to do with any demolition work. ...