The Friends of McMillan Park (FOM) plan to demonstrate at Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie’s State of the Ward address on Tuesday to urge the Councilmember to drop his support for the District Government’s plan to build 12-story medical office buildings and suburban-style townhomes in the McMillan Park Reservoir Historic District, as it is known on the National Register of Historic Places.
The FOM will have on hand copies of a petition signed by over 3,500 DC residents, mostly from Ward 5, as well as letters from schoolchildren, asking the Mayor and Councilmembers to reject the plan by Vision McMillan Partners (VMP) and to consider creative alternatives that provide amenities for the neighborhoods while preserving majority green space and the historic integrity of the site.
“We want to remind Councilmember McDuffie that his constituents and people across the District understand that having a park and supporting historic preservation and economic development can go hand-in-hand,” said Juliet Orzal. “A park that is owned and controlled by the people is need by the communities around McMillan, particularly in light of how much of the remaining open space in the area is planned for development in the next few years.”
The FOM will also remind the attendees of the widespread opposition by the community to the plan of the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) to declare McMillan “surplus” in order to turn it over to VMP — the developer selected through a non-competitive bidding process. At a June 6th meeting called by DMPED to gauge the community’s views on whether to declare McMillan Park “surplus,” over 100 people showed up and 95% of them opposed the surplus designation.
Councilmember McDuffie’s State of the Ward Address is at 6:30 pm, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at Luke C. Moore High School, 1001 Monroe St., NE.