Mark your calendars for September 14, 2013 when Friends of McMillan Park will hold a town hall meeting from 3-5 pm in Saint Martin’s Pioneer Room, 1908 North Capitol St. NW (North Capitol and T; entrance on T Street). Speakers will address McMillan Park’s history and explain both the Gray Administration’s proposal for the site and creative alternatives. We will also have a focused discussion of community concerns and identify ways that you can get involved to help save McMillan Park. Refreshments will be served.
We scored a significant victory at the June 6th Surplus Meeting hosted by DMPED when over 150 people attended and 95% of the speakers opposed “surplussing” McMillan Park. Although the community clearly said “No” to declaring McMillan Park to be surplus public property, the city continues moving forward with its plans, which include constructing the hideous building in the following illustration from Vision McMillan Partners within our historic Park. Not only would this monstrosity contribute significantly to the destruction of the site’s historic integrity, the mausoleum-style architecture stands in stark contrast to the graceful old town homes of the surrounding communities. Understandably, Vision McMillan Partners avoids highlighting this building in its brochures or community outreach.
The next stage of the fight to save McMillan Park takes place at the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) hearing on June 27, 2013 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at 441 4th St. NW, Room 220 South (Judiciary Square). You can either attend the hearing and deliver your testimony in person or submit your testimony via email in advance. If you testify in person, you will have 3 minutes to speak, and you should bring 10 printed copies of your testimony to share with the Board.
If you are unable to attend the HPRB hearing in person, please send the following email to the list of addressees below. To win this battle, it is essential that the Mayor, City Council Members, and Historic Preservation Review Board hear from as many of us as possible. You must send this email by 5:00 pm Monday, June 17!!
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Mr. Mayor, Council Members, Mr. Newaldass, and Members of the Historic Preservation Review Board:
I am writing for two reasons:
First, as follow-up to the June 6th McMillan Park Surplus Meeting, I urge the City Council to reject Mayor Gray’s proposal to surplus and dispose of the McMillan Park Sand Filtration Site.
Second, I urge the Historic Preservation Review Board to reject the Vision McMillan Partners proposed building designs for McMillan Park Reservoir (HPA #13-318). The height, scale, and designs of the proposed buildings are inappropriate for the historic McMillan Park site and are inconsistent with the overall open space character, sense of place, aesthetics, and historic vistas of this distinctive national landmark Olmsted park. The proposed building designs are also incompatible with the existing historic buildings and with the above- and below-ground historic structures on the site. The building design iterations are also premature and unrefined given that the Historic Preservation Review Board has yet to approve the proposed master plan and design guidelines.