DEFEND MCMILLAN PARK ... SIGN THE PETITION
Over recent years, a consortium of developers (Vision McMillan Partners, or VMP) has sought to develop the 25-acre McMillan Park, owned by the District of Columbia and listed on the National Register of Historic Sites.
WE PRESS ON FOR JUSTICE, EQUITY & SUSTAINABILITY AT MCMILLAN PARK!
See McMillan's history here.
Friends of McMillan Park (FOMP) and allied organizations, like DC for Reasonable Development (DC4RD), together as the Save McMillan Action Coalition(SMAC) have sued to overturn decisions by the District’s Zoning Commission and the Mayor’s Agent on Historical Preservation. These decisions by unelected "planning" officials" approves the privatization and construction of a very large commercial development at the historic McMillan Park site.
HEAR THE UPDATE & TAKE ACTION!
On December 8, 2016, the District's highest Court, the DC Court of Appeals ruled against the District and the developer, and gave opponents of this development a crushing victory by remanding and vacating (legalese for “trashing”) the decisions we opposed.
Then, over the spring and summer of 2017, the Zoning Commission and Mayor's Agent heard from "planners" again, and the Office of Planning (OP) and Deputy Mayor's Office on Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) doubled down on crushing the park and historic structures. They will seemingly stop at nothing to replace the historic site with their high-density proposal for 10 story medical buildings and luxury condos. They did throw in a recreation center and grocery store to get some buy in from the community, but the medical buildings are expected to bring thousands of additional vehicles to the site and area daily.
WE WANT A DESIGN COMPETITION!
DC's independent DC Auditor says a competition for vertical contracting never happened. That's what we want! We demand a competition of ideas and possible redevelopment concepts based on public surveys that show a desire for moderate density development meeting community needs as well as keeping at least half of the space open & green and preserving as many underground water cells as possible.
NOW WE ARE BACK IN COURT!
Those defending McMillan Park are back in the DC Court of Appeals (with attorneys) timely filing appeal pleadings and making a strong case as to why the law and will of the people must be followed as to the fate of our park.
We want reasonable development based on a competition of ideas that serve community needs. We don't want this historic site and the community to be blown away by a high-intensity project serving speculator greed.