Mayor’s Agent McMillan Remand Hearing to Continue: Sept 11th; Zoning Decision Meeting: Sept 14th

On July 14, 2017, the DC Mayor’s Agent for Historic Preservation (Mayor’s Agent) held an initial hearing on the remand of the McMillan Park case from the D.C. Court of Appeals. The Mayor’s Agent was unable to conclude the hearing that day, so an additional hearing will occur on Monday, September 11, 2017 starting at 9am at 441 4th St. NW, Room 220 South (same room as Zoning hearings).  The July 14th hearing only partially completed cross-examination of the DMPED/VMP witnesses, so the hearing will continue at this point on September 11th.  Then Friends of McMillan Park (FOMP) will present its case, there will be cross-examination of FOMP witnesses, and then public organizations and members of the public may testify later in the day (or possibly on the scheduled continuation date of September 18th if the September 11th hearing also runs into overtime).  The Mayor’s Agent assured us that he will allow the public to testify on the condition that persons testifying address the specific questions in the Court of Appeals remand. Persons may submit advance written testimony in opposition to or in support of the VMP/DMPED project (FOMP remains in opposition to the project) by 4PM on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8th, via email to julianna.jackson@dc.gov (HPO staff member). Please specify in any submission whether your testimony is in support of or in opposition to the VMP/DMPED project, keep it brief, and identify which of the remand questions you are addressing (see the specific questions the Mayor’s Agent must consider at this hearing here).

The DC Zoning Commission has decided to hold another McMillan Park meeting (a “decision meeting”), on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 7pm (in the usual Zoning hearing room) to “explore more exhaustively whether or not the Commission has considered the proposed height and density of the medical center.”  FOMP will attend this Zoning meeting although t is unlikely that there will be any opportunity for the public to speak. This special meeting has been called to ask VMP/DMPED to address certain specific questions about the height and density of the medical buildings proposed for the project. The public is welcome to witness the proceedings in person or via webcast (see the Zoning Commission web page for details).

Presumably the Mayor’s Agent and Zoning Commission will write orders at the conclusion of their respective hearings and meetings for presentation to the D.C. Court of Appeals. We are unable to estimate when these written orders will become public since the hearings themselves have yet to conclude.