HPRB Approves McMillan Plans: New Renderings

by Shilpi Paul

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On Thursday, Vision McMillan Partners (VMP) received the go-ahead from the Historic Preservation Review Board to move forward with their master plan and building concepts for the redevelopment of the McMillan Sand Filtration site.

The HPRB voted unanimously to support the Historic Preservation staff report, which was largely supportive of the newest version of the plan. They offered supportive commentary on both the master plan and the individual buildings, with some targeted suggestions on how to improve upon specifics of the building designs.

“The latest version of the master plan represents a significant improvement over previous versions,” states the report. “Both individually and collectively, the revised concepts are dramatically improved, reflecting the high level of quality, cohesiveness, and distinctiveness that have been sought by the board.”

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Mixed-use building, north service court and medical building.

Earlier this month, we outlined some of the revisions to the plan here. The largest changes include greater cohesiveness between all the buildings in regards to materials and geometry, and the plan to rebuild the Olmstead Walk around the entire perimeter of the site. They are also now maintaining the 20 existing above-ground silos, and two of the underground cells.

“You guys have done a much better job making this an attraction for both the surrounding residents and folks from outside the area and the city,” said Board member Charles Wilson.

Gretchen Pfaehler, the HPRB chair, applauded the increased uniformity and cohesiveness of the buildings. She, along with other HPRB members, felt that the black and white color differences were sometimes too stark, and advised the team to “take care” when selecting materials.

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Rowhouses and south service court

“We have generally agreed that it’s time for McMillan to be of use to the city and be redeveloped in some fashion,” said Board member Graham Davidson. “It’s time to bring this phase to a close and move on.”

VMP still has several approvals to gain.

Because the plans require significant demolition of the underground cells, and the extent of the demolition “is inconsistent with the purposes of the Historic Landmark and Historic District Protection Act,” according to the report, VMP must present their plans to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) for a 30-day commentary period.

Pfaehler recommended that VMP prepare clear documentation of the scope, schedule and cost of the restoration of the historic elements for the ACHP.

From there, the developers will present their PUD to the Zoning Commission, and will meet with the Mayor’s Agent to “make a case that the redevelopment represents a project of special merit.” According the PoPville, they hope to start construction next summer.

A fly-through video and more renderings below:

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Mixed-use building and north service court
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Community Center and park
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5 Comments

  1. Dumplin' Honeychild said at 5:26 pm on Saturday November 2, 2013:

    The silos look great, but how does one get flowering vines to grow out of concrete?

  1. Daniel Wolkoff said at 6:35 pm on Saturday November 2, 2013:

    They could make the silos into entrances for the parking garages, or walls for the kids to paint murals. I’m glad the Commissioner on the HPRB declared “there was no pressure on them to approve”. I love the form of democracy we suffer from in DC, dis-enfranchisement, and leadership by felons. READ the Washington post metro section Nov. 18 20012, Mayor Gray doesn’t deny he was told about massive illegal campaign fraud, by 4 of his closest aids and “friends”. This is a mayor and city council so corrupt and dictatorial who must be stopped from “surplussing” our $billion park to developers. What distortion of democracy gives these cliques and criminal officials the right to hand out THE PEOPLES property, our parks, to private for profit corporations.
    We need Glen Echo style Eco-campus at McMillan for the health of our city. Hasn’t the DC government done enough harm? Can we make the most carbon emissions and waste the most resources possible on this site. Let’s go together into the 21 century and treasure the history and environment!Consumerism is killing the earth!

  1. Immortal_Rabinowitz said at 8:11 pm on Saturday November 2, 2013:

    to Shilpi Paul: It is difficult to mention the architect’s name at least once?
    to XXX architect: the “medical building” on the 2nd renderings reminds too much of the office building in Rio completed at least 25-30 years ago (can’t remember that architect’s name at at he moment; the building stands next to their famous conical cathedral); still, it’s kinda 21 century for DC. The silos look definitely out of place, but it may look better in real life.
    to Dumplin’ Honeychild: you are right; vines don’t grow on concrete - unless V. Gray or whoever at the time awards a 17M contract to one of his/her buddies;
    to Daniel Wolkoff: everybody know who Gray is and nobody gives a flying duck. This city RE-elected one M. Barry. What’s this with “Consumerism is killing the earth!”??? Consumerism created this country. Without consumers you and I would be dead in the water (unless you are an underage congressional stuffer because you do sound like one).

  1. Immortal_Rabinowitz said at 8:14 pm on Saturday November 2, 2013:

    P.S. The earth is big. Nothing will happen to it. If Florida goes under water, Island will start growing tomatoes all year round.

  1. Eric said at 5:04 pm on Friday November 8, 2013:

    Actually, HPRB rejected the plan because it is too destructive to the historic aspects of the park. The plan did move forward to the mayor’s agent because VMP is appealing, and HPRB did praise the plan as an improvement over the previous plan. Here is the quote from the HPRB staff Report “Find(s) that the proposal will result in substantial demolition, as defined in the preservation regulations, and therefore inconsistant with the purposes of the Historic Landmark and Historic District protection Act”  However, since most of the news we get on McMillian is produced by VMP - the developer - it is portrayed in the most positive light towards the plan. Interesting. And VMP just sent me a notice about the unanimous support for the plan. Paid for with my tax dollars. Curious how this works…

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