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_Revised_ ANC 5C McMillan-HRPB Resolution

_Revised_ ANC 5C McMillan-HRPB Resolution

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GovernmentoftheDistrictofColumbia
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POBox26183.Washington,DC20001.www.ANC5C.COM
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Commissioners
 
5C01BradleyThomas
ViceChairman

5C01@anc.dc.gov
202.670.0151
5C02SylviaPinkney
5C02@anc.dc.gov202.269.4180
5C03HughYoungblood
5C03@anc.dc.gov240.925.1079
5C04MarkMuller
5C04@gmail.com202.200.3191
5C05TimClark
5C05@anc.dc.gov202.525.4670
5C06MaryFarmer‐Allen
 
Treasurer
5C06@anc.dc.gov202.635.1401
5C07JamesFournier
5C07@anc.dc.gov202.316.6316
5C08MarshallPhillip5C08@anc.dc.gov
202.529.1831
 
5C09SilasGrant
 
5C09@anc.dc.gov202.498.4196
5C10CharitaBrent
RecordingSecretary
5C10@anc.dc.gov202.387.3929
5C11RonnieEdwards
Chairman
5C11@anc.dc.gov202.450.1449
5C12GigiRansom
FinancialSecretary
CorrespondingSecretary5C12@anc.dc.gov202.529.0508
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NextMeeting:
June19,20127:00PMLocationTBD
 
 
Resolution In Support of Ongoing Effortsto Reach Consensus on the CurrentStage One P.U.D. Application HPRB SubmissionDenoting Certain Specific Conditions and Modifications
Whereas,
the McMillan Park Sand Filtration Site (“the McMillan Site”) is a twenty-fiveacre green space and decommissioned water treatment plant in the 5C area in northwestWashington, D.C, within the square bounded by 1
st
Street NW, Michigan Avenue NW, North Capitol Street NW, and Channing Street NW including the communities of Bloomingdale, Stronghold and Park Place.
Whereas,
completion of the McMillan Site in 1905 was a Washington public healthmilestone designed to purify river water supplied to a developing capital.
Whereas,
the purification system was a slow sand filter design that became obsolete bythe late 20
th
century and in 1985, a new rapid sand filter plant replaced it across FirstStreet beside the reservoir.
Whereas,
the site contains a bronze 1912 fountain, designed by Herbert Adams,sculpture of three (3) numphs on a pink granite base, that in 1941 was dismantled, left instorage and mostly neglected until the top portion of the fountain was returned to CrispusAttucks Park in 1983.
Whereas,
in 1992 the top section was moved to its current location, at the active reservoir site, locked away from public access in a site where one can still see the top portion of thefountain by glancing through the fence on 1
st
Street NW and the base of the fountainremains somewhere in Fort Washington National Park in Prince George’s County.
Whereas,
the complex is an engineering wonder that served its original purpose until1986 and in 1986, the Corps of Engineers declared the property surplus and asked theGeneral Services Administration to dispose of it.
Whereas,
The GSA iterated its position that open space was not the highest and best useof the property, and insisted on selling the property for mixed commercial development.
Whereas
The District of Columbia Government purchased the site from the federalgovernment in 1987 for $9.3M, in order to facilitate development and since that time, the property has been vacant and has deteriorated severely due to lack of maintenance.
 
 
Page2ResolutioninSupportofMcMillanSandFiltrationSiteHPRBSubmission
 Whereas,
Public access to the site has been restricted since World War II when the Army erected a fence toguard against sabotage of the city’s water supply.
Whereas,
in 1991, the D.C. Historic preservation Review Board designated McMillan Park a Historic landmark and nominated the site for the National Register of Historic Places thereby laying the foundation for ensuringthat a substantial contiguous portion of the site would forever be dedicated to recreation and open space, andrequiring an adaptive reuse of the historical elements of the site, both above and below ground
Whereas,
several proposals for development of the site have been considered since the early 2000s and Citizengroups have voice objections to development, calling for maximum green space with appropriate repurposing,including different groups lobbying for uses such as a museum, a library, a park, and a even a national memorialfor dogs that died in war.
Whereas,
the Comprehensive Plan of 2006 identifies the site for potential “mixed use” allowing for Medium toModerate Density Residential and Commercial uses and require that reuse plans for the site dedicate acontiguous portion of the site for recreation and open space and requires the District to explore the adaptivereuse of some of the underground “cells” as part of the historic record of the site with consideration given tomonuments, memorials and museums as part of the site.
Whereas,
the District of Columbia, represented by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and EconomicDevelopment (DMPED), has appropriated in excess of $50M towards the development of the site, of whichapproximately $34M has been allocated for the development of recreation and open space; and throughapproved procurement procedures, has selected Vision McMillan Partners (VMP) to develop plans to developthe site;
Whereas
, VMP has put forth a plan that advances several key design principles derived from the inherent physical and historical characteristics of the site consistent with the historical designation and significance of the site calling for connectivity of the site and the city via a system of walkable streets and blocks; preservation,reuse and enhancement of the unique historical elements of the site; development of architectural language,heights and massing to relate to adjacent areas, design of open space that offers a variety of experiences andincorporate existing site features; and use of sustainable design principles to inform building, site and landscapedesign; and significantly preserves a substantial amount of all of the historical above and below grade elementsof the site, including the North and South Service Court Subsurface Filter Beds, 20/20 Sand Storage Bins, 12/12Sand Washers, 4/4 Regulator Houses, Filter Bed Portal, recreation of the Olmsted Walk, and relocation andrestoration of the McMillan Fountain.
Whereas,
the 5C community, via surveys and in extensive meetings during the last four (4) years, hasexpressed a desire to achieve a somewhat more balanced approach toward development of the site than isrepresented by the current VMP plan;

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