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A New Plan for McMillan, This Time With A Bigger Park

  • February 27, 2013

by Shilpi Paul

A New Plan for McMillan, This Time With A Bigger Park: Figure 1
Courtesy of Vision McMillan Partners.

When Mayor Gray and DC Water announced plans to use part of the McMillan Sand Filtration site in their effort to stem the severe flooding in Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park, the team behind the massive redevelopment had to go back to the drawing board. Last Thursday, reported Bloomingdale blog, the team, which includes developers Jair Lynch and EYA, revealed their revised plans for the site.

The new plan, still in a very preliminary stage, changes a number of aspects of the original plan, including:

  • A considerably larger park than the 5.5-acre park outlined in the original plan. The new park will be located at the southern end of the site.
  • The townhomes, previously located at the southern end of the site, have been moved to the center.
  • Presumably, the northern end, closest to the National Rehabilitation Hospital, will still contain office buildings with a significant portion set aside for jobs in the health services industry, as originally planned.

A hand drawn image of the park, above, reveals an informal play lawn, an area highlighting preserved underground cells, an amphitheater and a blue area that looks like it might be a water feature. There is also a community center building on the site.

The team will be making to rounds to ANC meetings this spring, so community members will have a chance to see the plans and offer their opinions. No word on the timeline, but we’ll be keeping our eyes on the project as it moves forward.

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