BRIEF REPORT ON COUNCIL HEARING: OCTOBER 26, 2015


On Monday, October 26, 9:30AM, Room 120, Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Chairman Phil Mendelson held a hearing on the Bowser's Administration request to extend by five years the time the city has to transfer the McMillan property to VMP. (City Council link for info)

Mendelson has set a vote for the resolution to be on Tuesday, Nov. 3 -- WE NEED MORE LETTERS TO THE COUNCIL -- Please take 5 minutes and send a note to Save Our Park!

Update from Hugh Youngblood, Friends of McMillan Park

We had a room full of roughly 50 people on our side, 20 or so who testified in opposition to the Mayor's plan, and lots more written testimony submitted online.

The strong letter from the DC Auditor, our pending case with the DC Court of Appeals, and the legal sufficiency of the uncompetitive VMP deal structure were several points from public testimony that caught the attention of Chairman Mendelson. We need your help expanding on these leads and taking our message to the entire DC Council.

Please let us know if you or your friends would like to contribute any time, talent, or treasure to our campaign. We need lots of help across the board!

Sincerely,
Hugh Youngblood
Friends of McMillan Park
240.925.1079

SAVE MCMILLAN ACTION COALITION (working with Friends of McMillan Park) thanks all those residents who submitted letters to the Council to support those who testified today.

There is some movement since the hearing.

Thanks to the more than 35 people who used our online letter writing tool, and many more people signing the petitions and sending in their own letters.

Onwards,
Chris O.
202-810-2768

Check out the play-by-play of the hearing on Twitter
#savemcmillanpark || @dc4reality

The Public Record on McMillan Park for this Council Hearing is open until November 2, 2015, so please submit your feelings about McMillan Park to pmendelson@dccouncil.us or use this easy online letter form >> http://www.savemcmillan.org/letter

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OTHER SAVE MCMILLAN ACTIVITIES


DC Court of Appeals: Tuesday, November 3, 9:30AM -- Oral arguments in DC's highest court on the City Council withholding documents requested through FOIA of Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie. Be there in person to support! 11/3/15 at 9:30am -- District of Columbia Court of Appeals, 430 E St NW, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 879-1010.


DC Zoning Commission: December 17, 2015, 6:30PM -- The DC Zoning Commission is further reviewing VMP's plan at McMillan Park to construct an 83-foot tall mixed-use building with a grocery store and 200-underground parking spaces, and privatizing the surrounding streets. ZC Case No. 13-14A. You can testify! 12/17/15, 6:30PM, 441 4th St. NW, Suite 200 South.

Other Activities to Save McMillan

DC Auditor Update on McMillan: In the summer Kathy Patterson, the DC Auditor, sent a letter to Brian Kenner, Mayor Bower's Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development, asking 1) what is the "legal basis for a sole source procurement" of VMP as McMillan developer and, 2) why the District is now paying for VMP's pre-development expenses when documents from 2007 and 2008 say that VMP "is to be responsible for [these] costs."

On October 19, 2015, based on DMPED's response, the Auditor reported that VMP received, ". . . a greatly expanded role and exclusive rights [to develop McMillan]. . . all without the benefit of a competitive process" (See the Auditor's Oct 2015 report to the Council on McMillan).

SAVE MCMILLAN INFORMATION

Lincoln's Cottage: The McMillan development will have far-reaching negative impacts on its neighbors, including on Lincoln's Cottage, just north of McMillan, where the President drafted the Emancipation Proclamation.

In a letter to the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC), Erin Carlson Mast, executive director of the Cottage, asked the Commission to correct the staff report that "the views of the Capitol Dome from President Lincoln's Cottage . . . are either not significant or non-existent." By letter, NCPC Chairman L Preston Bryant, Jr. rejected this request. The Cottage has three historic designations: it's a National Historic Landmark, a listed site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation (read the Lincoln's Cottage letter).

Lawyers, Consultants, Taxpayers & Public Sentiment

Holland & Knight, the city's premier land use/zoning lawyers received almost $700,000 for their services for the McMillan project between 2010 and 2014 (fighting public opposition to the demolition of our park).

Presumably this will continue as part of the "$78 million in predevelopment costs, including fees to lawyers to obtain zoning and other approvals, and for site preparation, preservation and amenities . . . in a market where the demand for more housing, offices and retail continues to grow." (NYTimes, June 23, 2015).


McDuffie (Ward 5)

Bowser (Mayor)

Grosso (At Large)

Fontaine & Co., a Baltimore pr firm, was put on the VMP team to "maximize local support/effort while effectively discrediting opposition" . . . [and to] . . . "provide continuous political cover to local elected officials." When FOIA-obtained documents revealed Fontaine's actions were roundly condemned by Chairman Phil Mendelson, and Councilmembers Elissa Silverman, at-large, and Kenyan McDuffie (Ward 5), a down-the-line VMP supporter. VMP has disowned its partner, Fontaine. (see an excerpt from Fontaine's "neutralization" program, paid for by you the DC taxpayer).

Support for Saving McMillan: The public support for saving McMillan Park and against the city's plan has been clear, consistent and long-standing.

Over 7,000 people have signed letters and petitions against the current plan, a DMPED-sponsored community meeting two years ago was overwhelmingly against surpluses the property, at the City Council, Zoning Commission, HPRB and NCPC, written and oral testimony has been solidly against VMP and a rigorous door-to-door community survey showed that over 85% of the surrounding community wants at least 50% of the land retained as contiguous public park.

WEEKLY MCMILLAN DEMONSTRATIONS
Tuesday Mornings, 8:30AM
NORTH CAP & MICHIGAN AVE.
For more info, contact Debby H. (202) 462-2054



Vision McMillan Partners: Jair Lynch, EYA and Trammell Crow, with DMPED and the Holland & Knight law firm listed as partners on VMP's website. www.envisionmcmillan.com

The above listed corporate-government cabal
wants to do this to McMillan Park!




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