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)
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!
Friends of McMillan Park
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or use this easy online letter form >> http://www.savemcmillan.org/letter
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."
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
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).