On the morning of Monday, 20 May 2013, Friends of McMillan Park delivered the following message via email to the Office of Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie regarding the DC Government’s proposal to declare the city-owned portion of national historic landmark McMillan Park to be surplus public land suitable for giveaway to a private developer.
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Dear Council Member McDuffie,
As you know, the city will hold a meeting on June 6th to seek the community’s views on its plans to declare the publicly-owned McMillan Reservoir Park Historic District “surplus” and, therefore, eligible for sale to a private developer. The future of the McMillan Reservoir Park Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, will have a direct impact on — and is of great interest to — many residents of Ward 5.
We would like to meet with you prior to the June 6th meeting to hear your position on the proposal to declare the site “surplus” as well as the Vision McMillan Partners’ plan. Would you please let us know a date and time convenient for you? You may reach us by contacting Hugh Youngblood at 202-630-2262 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you, in advance, for your prompt response to our request.
Friends of McMillan Park
All hands on deck! We need YOU to attend the critical upcoming community meeting on the surplus declaration proposed for McMillan Park.
On Thursday, June 6, 2013, at 6:30 pm, the District Government will hold a public hearing in the neighborhood to listen to the community’s views on its plans to declare the McMillan Reservoir Park Historic District to be “surplus” public real estate. This is a clinical way of the Government saying that our historic site provides zero value to the community and is therefore best suited for disposal via sale or give-away to their developer cronies.
The city is going to great lengths to minimize the publicity of this important community hearing. For example, the required 30-day meeting notice fails to even include the name “McMillan”. Rather, the notice simply and coldly identifies this historic treasure as “2501 First Street NW” or “Square 3128, Lot 0800″.
In order to save McMillan Park, we must pack the hearing room with DC residents ready to speak out loudly against the proposed “surplus” designation. We need your help.
Please join us – and bring a friend or two. Let’s make it clear to the Mayor and City Council that our historic green space is an essential community asset rather than waste to be thrown away.
- Event: McMillan Park Surplus Community Meeting
- Date: Thursday, June 6, 2013
- Time: 6:30pm
- Location: All Nations Baptist Church
- Address: 2001 North Capitol Street NE (North Capitol & Rhode Island)
Official meeting notice:
Good luck trying to find these images on the internet.
They are Vision McMillian Partners (VMP) drawings of their plan to erect commercial and residential buildings that would destroy most of our historic Olmsted park. Once you’ve seen their plans, you will understand why VMP has gone to such great lengths to avoid highlighting them, choosing instead to spotlight illustrations that make the green space look enormous, the historic structures protected, and the commercial buildings appropriate in scale. In fact, in most of the illustrations, VMP makes the green space look almost comically huge — like New York’s Central Park from the air — while the commercial buildings planned for Michigan Avenue fade into the background, literally disappearing into a white horizon.
Sadly, the reality is far different.
The people of Washington, D.C. deserve an honest discussion of the VMP plan based on its merits — not deceptive advertising and gimmicks.
The following three illustrations show clearly just what VMP hopes you will not notice:
- Nearly all, if not all, of the beautiful underground vaulted caverns would be destroyed. In fact, only one small section remains on the northeast corner.
- Of the little green space that would be preserved, it is far smaller than their wide-angled drawings lead you to believe.
- The commercial buildings tower over the development, bringing into our neighborhoods a hulking slice of Crystal City or Silver Spring.
View from Stronghold across North Capitol Street
The hastily-conceived VMP plan is plain wrong for the development of a park that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and that is intended to serve the needs of the citizens of Washington, D.C. and its visitors.
It is time our leaders got the message.
Take Action — Email the following message to the Mayor and City Councilmembers!
The McMillan Park Reservoir Historic District — both its above and below ground structures — is a tremendous asset for our city. Any plan approved for its development must be appropriate for the restoration and preservation of a historic park. I strongly urge you to reject the current plan proposed by Vision McMillan Partners.
- Mayor Vincent Gray, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 316, Washington, DC, 20004; 202-727-6300, fax: 202-727-0505, email@example.com
- Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 402, Washington, DC, 20004; 202-724-8064, fax: 202-724-8099, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, Ward 5, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 410, Washington, DC, 20004; 202-724-8028, fax: 202-724-8076, email@example.com
- Councilmember Jim Graham, Ward 1, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 105, Washington, DC, 20004; 202-724-8181, fax: 202-724-8109, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Councilmember David Grosso, At-Large, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 406, Washington, DC, 20004; 202-724-8105, fax: 202-724-8071, email@example.com
- Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, 2136 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, 20515; 202-225-8050
- Congressman Darrell Issa, 2347 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, 20515; 202-225-3906
During the DC Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) McMillan Park hearing on April 4, 2013, Collage City Studio presented to the Board the following creative alternative master plan for McMillan Park.
The Sierra Club Washington, DC Chapter has updated its position on the McMillan Park Reservoir development plan proposed by Vision McMillan Partners. The organization calls for “a balanced and equitable McMillan Park development plan” that aligns with the results of the community survey of 2012.
The National Association for Olmsted Parks (NAOP) submitted the following testimony to the DC Historic Preservation Review Board asking the Board to “reject the misguided master plan.”
The DC Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) has scheduled a hearing on Thursday, 4 April 2013, to review the revised VMP development proposal for McMillan Park. Please join us for the hearing to testify in person or submit written testimony in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submitting written public testimony for the hearing is noon on Wednesday, 3 April 2013.
The posts below contain useful information for developing your testimony. Additionally, please review HPRB’s comments from the previous VMP hearing:
The 4 April 2013 HPRB hearing will begin at 9:00 AM at 441 4th Street NW in Room 220-South, the office building immediately outside the Judiciary Square Metro station (Courthouse exit), 2nd floor.
The MCMILLAN PARK RESERVOIR portion of the hearing is planned during the following time period:
2:45 – 5:00 PM – VMP Revised Master Plan and Design Guidelines
Those interested in testifying in person should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the assigned time for the case. Please join us there to request that HPRB reject the revised VMP plan. Each person is allowed three minutes of verbal testimony, and you may submit additional testimony in writing. Please bring 15 copies of your testimony with you if you are unable to submit it in advance of the deadline.
Please also review the excellent alternative plan for McMillan Park prepared by Collage City Studio.
We look forward to seeing you there.
The DC Historic Preservation Office has postponed the presentation by Vision McMillan Partners (VMP) to the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) regarding the updated VMP development proposal until Thursday, April 4, 2013.
Please submit written testimony regarding the updated VMP proposal by noon on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, to email@example.com.
The HPRB hearing on the DC Water plan for McMillan Park will proceed as scheduled on March 28, 2013. Please submit your testimony regarding the DC Water plan by close of business on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
DC Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) has scheduled a hearing for March 28, 2013 to discuss both the DC Water plan and the revised VMP plan for McMillan Park. Written public testimonies for the hearing are due at close of business on Tuesday, March 19. Please use the following information to develop your testimony and submit it to the point of contact identified below.
DC Water Project
Collage City Studio has launched a new website, mcmillanpark.com. The team will continually update the new website to reflect the most up-to-date aspects of their design proposal for the McMillan Park site, The People’s Plan for McMillan Park.
You can also follow the team’s progress on facebook here.