Friday, May 21, 2021

WBJ post on federal lawsuit filed regarding McMillan historic preservation covenants

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There's another lawsuit challenging the McMillan redevelopment. This time, it's federal.

May 20, 2021, 1:00pm EDT Updated: May 20, 2021, 2:02pm EDT

Alex Koma

Staff Reporter

Washington Business Journal


Critics of the McMillan Sand Filtration site redevelopment have tried just about everything to slow its progress — and now they’re heading to federal court.

This time around, four opponents of the project say the District’s attempts to demolish some of the existing structures on the 25-acre site would run afoul of the terms of the deed the city signed to purchase McMillan from the federal government in 1987. They allege D.C. would violate federal historic preservation law by moving ahead with the redevelopment, asking the U.S. District Court for D.C. to issue an injunction blocking the project.

Lawsuits are nothing new for the proposed 2.1 million-square-foot project, one of the most tortured in the city’s history. McMillan’s would-be developers — a team of the District, Trammell Crow, EYA and Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners — have been fending off legal challenges of one kind or another basically ever since proposing the redevelopment in 2014.



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