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McMillan Advisory Group Meeting

Hello Again!

Last night,  the Vision McMillan team presented evolved Master Plan and revised building concepts proposed for the McMillan site that have been submitted to the Historic Preservation Review Board for hearing later this month.

In addition to walking through the presentation we posted here last week, we also talked about the potential for affordable senior housing onsite.  As those of you who have been following this project from inception know, it was always our intention to include dedicated affordable senior housing onsite. Unfortunately when we doubled the size of the park we effectively reallocated the resources needed for these affordable housing units.

Listening to community members, MAG members, and ANCs, we heard a renewed desire for affordable senior housing.  In reporting to the Council last July, we were directed to reinstate it.  Most notably Councilmembers Bowser and Bonds each asked us to find space for affordable senior housing, and they each said the District had the money to fund it.  To that end, we identified space above the grocery store, as one of three stems of the “E” shaped apartment building.  Last night, VMP promised that we would continue to work to find the resources necessary to develop affordable senior housing at McMillan.

We also agreed to host another design open house.  Mark your calendars for 10AM-1PM Saturday, November 16, 2013, location TBD.  We hope to see you there!

Tania Jackson
Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator
Vision McMillan Partners

New HPRB Plans Submitted

Hello McMillan Friends,I would like to share a draft of our latest submission to the Historic Preservation Review Board.  We’ve spent most of the summer addressing the issues raised by the Board in July.  As you may recall, the Board accepted our Master Plan Guidelines for the site, but asked us to address four key issues — the Tripartite organization, the edge conditions, the architectural cohesion and the North Service Court design.

To that end, you’ll see new layouts and building designs, bigger setbacks with a restored Olmsted Walk around the entire site, a reduced color palette and Master Plan that gives a greater sense of cohesion by sticking to one color palette, and coordinated storefront designs to better amplify the Historic Assets in the North Service Court.

We have requested a hearing by HPRB at their October meeting, and will be sharing it in community via the MAG and ANC 5E.  We look forward to seeing you at these meetings and hope you’ll take the time to look at these new designs.

Tania Jackson
Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator
Vision McMillan Partners