The Original Vision for McMillan Park: “No Medical Facilities, High Rises, or Big Box Retail”

The District of Columbia Office of Planning conducted an intensive community planning process for McMillan Park a decade ago that concluded in 2002. The following document, recently uncovered by the McMillan Park Intelligence Consortium, outlines a vision for McMillan Park revitalization that looks very different from the plan that the Gray Administration’s development consultant, Vision McMillan Partners (VMP), is presenting to our communities today:

Unfortunately, the competitive process for selecting a master developer for McMillan Park was never completed.  The DC Council dissolved the National Capital Revitalization Corporation (NCRC) in 2006 just months after NCRC released its RFP for McMillan Park Phase I Land Development Partner.  How exactly VMP was selected from the at least 19 proposals submitted to NCRC remains a mystery. To learn more, research the dealings of the defunct Anacostia Waterfront Corporation and Nationals Park baseball stadium project.

McMillan Plan - 1901 - Emerald Neclace of Parks

McMillan Park Identity 2 - Cropped

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