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An artistic rendering of development plans by Vision McMillan Partners
The McMillan Sand Filtration Plant site is a 25-acre parcel of land by the intersection of North Capitol Street and Michigan Avenue, Northwest. Recently, a development team unveiled plans re-imagining the land as a mixed-use community with up to 1,200 housing units, a grocery store, retail—-the works.
One guy, who seemingly lives in the area, is not pleased about this vision. On Dec. 25, he launched a “No Drilling at McMillan” website tearing down the developers plans. Thus far, he’s updated two other times. He’s also left up an inquiry for site visitors:
What makes the most sense with regard to developing the McMillan site?
- Do nothing. Keep the fence and allow migratory birds and other wildlife sanctuary in the city. (This option also preserves 25 acres of green space to absorb stormwater that would otherwise flood Bloomingdale.)
- Allow pre-selected private corporations to maximize their profits by maximizing square footage and turning as much of this green space into concrete and asphalt as possible.
- Pull the plug on the current process initiated by the corrupt National Capital Revitalization Corporation (NCRC) and let the city guide development with more emphasis on creating usable park space including trails for running, biking and roller-blading.
- Put all development on the shelf until someone with vision sees a higher purpose for this unique resource than low-income housing, fast food and check cashing/pager stores.
Current results show that the majority of the voters prefer option B: Allowing “private corporations to maximize their profits by maximizing square footage and turning as much of this green space into concrete and asphalt as possible.”