The McMillan site at North Capitol Street and Michigan Avenue—-Look familiar?

This Saturday, Vision McMillan Partners unveiled artistic renderings of their plans for the McMillan Sand Filtration site, located at Michigan Avenue and North Capitol Street Northwest. The 25-acre area has been inactive as a water filtration plant since the late 1980s. Here’s what’s planned for the site, according to the presentation shown this weekend:

  • Eight acres of green, open, public space
  • 1,000 to 1,200 units of mixed-income and multi-generational housing
  • 400,000 square feet of job creating office space
  • A boutique hotel.
  • Potential for nursing home.
  • 100,000 square feet of retail space.

More renderings below:

Aakash Thakkar is Vice President of Development at EYA, the lead company charged with coordinating the project. When I talked to Thakkar, he stressed that his team has worked to build as much “much concensus as we can” in the community, meeting with an advisory group of local leaders and holding two public feedback meetings.  There will be another meeting with the community in January to present final concept plans. A date had not been chosen, but Thakkar said he would let me know as soon as possible.

One huge aspect of the project is historic preservation, according to ANC Commissioner Barrie Daneker, whose district includes the McMillan site. The filtration site has a number of towers or “silos” (which stored the sand used for filtration, according to Thakkar). Many of them would be incorporated in the overall design scheme, as you can see in the images above and below.

Underground, there are a number of cells with unreinforced concrete, which makes the land all the more difficult to dig up and build on, according to Daneker. Developers have to decide which cells they’ll be keeping, and which ones will need to be destroyed for construction. In total, the group’s presentation states that preservation, infrastructure and planning alone will cost upwards of $50 to $60 million.

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