Save McMillan Park
It’s NOT a “Done Deal”
   

The Save McMillan Action Coalition (SMAC), working alonside Friends of McMillan Park (FOM) deliver to good McMillan supporters like you, news of our McMillan Park.

There has been a whirlwind of activity thanks to the many folks like you.
The OPPOSITION GROWS!

MCMILLAN 2017:
DESIGN COMPETITION & PUBLIC INCLUSION

DEFEND MCMILLAN AT THE ZONING COMMISSION AGAIN, this week!
Thursday, March 23, 6:30PM -- Be There!!
CLICK HERE

Feb 2 -- Be at the upcoming Demonstration against the destruction of McMillan Park

THE PEOPLE'S SPACE 2016

December 8 -- The people were handed a victory for good planning by the District's highest Court (see one report here; see court decision here).



This follows from the many moons of legal pleadings, culminating in the people packing the courthouse back in September.

And who will forget our summer party above ground, gathering folks for a 4th of July at McMillan park for the first time in 70 years! See a report here.

And... our a winter party underground. Check out photos and news on DCist.

See how New York, Seattle, and Chicago are reclaiming their historic spaces. Why can't DC?!?

What is the Council trying to hide, and why?!?

The DC Open Government Coalition (DCOGC) supported McMillan with their first Amicus Brief.

On November 2, 2015, attorneys with the DCOGC and Friends of McMillan appeared in Court to challenge the fact that the City Council, and particularly Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, is unnecessarily resisting the law to disclose emails, letters, and other documents about our McMillan Park and the bad deal to destroy it.

According to this press release, DC's highest Court seemed surprised to hear an attorney for the DC City Council assert a sweeping interpretation of the FOIA law in an attempt to withhold the requested McMillan records.

In June 2016, the Court of Appeals sided with US! They have remanded the case to Superior Court ordering the requested Council documents to be disclosed. See the article and our press release!

But wait, there's more... bizarre Council behavior!

Back in November, the DC City Council voted on the Mayor's request to extend out 5-years the disposition (giveaway) of our public land at McMillan Park. The Chair of the Council, Phil Mendelson championed the Mayor's request to destroy our park, ignoring the independent Auditor's findings and backing off all the other Councilmembers except for one, at large Councilmember Elissa Silverman. See the FOM press release about the vote. Click here.



DC Auditor Update on McMillan: In the summer Kathy Patterson, the DC Auditor, sent a letter to Brian Kenner, Mayor Bower's Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development, asking 1) what is the "legal basis for a sole source procurement" of VMP as McMillan developer and, 2) why the District is now paying for VMP's pre-development expenses when documents from 2007 and 2008 say that VMP "is to be responsible for [these] costs."

On October 19, 2015, based on DMPED's response, the Auditor reported that VMP received, ". . . a greatly expanded role and exclusive rights [to develop McMillan]. . . all without the benefit of a competitive process" (See the Auditor's Oct 2015 report to the Council on McMillan).

Neither the Mayor nor the Council have responded yet to the DC's Auditor's call for a re-bid of the McMillan Park Project!

MORE SAVE MCMILLAN INFORMATION

Lincoln's Cottage: The McMillan development will have far-reaching negative impacts on its neighbors, including on Lincoln's Cottage, just north of McMillan, where the President drafted the Emancipation Proclamation.

In a letter to the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC), Erin Carlson Mast, executive director of the Cottage, asked the Commission to correct the staff report that "the views of the Capitol Dome from President Lincoln's Cottage . . . are either not significant or non-existent." By letter, NCPC Chairman L Preston Bryant, Jr. rejected this request. The Cottage has three historic designations: it's a National Historic Landmark, a listed site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation (read the Lincoln's Cottage letter).

Lawyers, Consultants, Taxpayers & Public Sentiment

Holland & Knight, the city's premier land use/zoning lawyers received almost $700,000 for their services for the McMillan project between 2010 and 2014 (fighting public opposition to the demolition of our park).

Presumably this will continue as part of the "$78 million in predevelopment costs, including fees to lawyers to obtain zoning and other approvals, and for site preparation, preservation and amenities . . . in a market where the demand for more housing, offices and retail continues to grow." (NYTimes, June 23, 2015).


McDuffie (Ward 5)

Bowser (Mayor)

Grosso (At Large)

Fontaine & Co., a Baltimore pr firm, was put on the VMP team to "maximize local support/effort while effectively discrediting opposition" . . . [and to] . . . "provide continuous political cover to local elected officials."

When FOIA-obtained documents revealed Fontaine's actions, they were roundly condemned by Chairman Phil Mendelson, and Councilmembers Elissa Silverman, at-large, and Kenyan McDuffie (Ward 5), a down-the-line VMP supporter. VMP has disowned its partner, Fontaine. (see an excerpt from Fontaine's "neutralization" program, paid for by you the DC taxpayer).

Support for Saving McMillan: The public support for saving McMillan Park and against the city's plan has been clear, consistent and long-standing.

Over 7,000 people have signed letters and petitions against the current plan, a DMPED-sponsored community meeting two years ago was overwhelmingly against surpluses the property, at the City Council, Zoning Commission, HPRB and NCPC, written and oral testimony has been solidly against VMP and a rigorous door-to-door community survey showed that over 85% of the surrounding community wants at least 50% of the land retained as contiguous public park.

WEEKLY MCMILLAN DEMONSTRATIONS
Tuesday Mornings, 8:30AM
NORTH CAP & MICHIGAN AVE.
For more info, contact Debby H. (202) 462-2054



Vision McMillan Partners: Jair Lynch, EYA and Trammell Crow, with DMPED and the Holland & Knight law firm listed as partners on VMP's website. www.envisionmcmillan.com

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WE WANT A FRESH START FOR MCMILLAN -- IT'S TIME FOR A CREATIVE DESIGN COMPETITION TO HELP US BEST DETERMINE COLLABORATIVELY WHAT TO DO WITH OUR SPECIAL PUBLIC SPACE!

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