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McMillan Reservoir planning continues

(Published August 14, 2000)

City planners have scheduled a second public tour of the former McMillan Reservoir sand filtration plant for Aug. 25, followed by a second community workshop on Aug. 26 focused on exploring options for redevelopment of the 25-acre site.

About 80 people showed up for the first site tour July 28 and about 100 people attended the first workshop on July 29 at Trinity College, according to the D.C. Office of Planning.

The planning office is coordinating a series of community meetings to discuss development proposals for one of the city’s largest fallow plots.

Persons interested in touring the site Aug. 25 should call the planning office at 442-7600 for details.

Contentious debate over the site’s redevelopment has stalled action since the plant was closed in 1986. While some neighboring residents would like to see the area turned into a housing or retail development, many other residents contend that the area should be developed as a grand city park and museum to preserve the water purification site’ history.

The D.C. Preservation League recently placed the McMillan site on its list of most endangered historic places and said it supports residents who are promoting the land’s use for park or recreational use.

The McMillan Reservoir site in Northwest Washington is bounded by Michigan Avenue to the north, North Capitol Street to the east, Channing Street to the south and First Street to the west.

A third community workshop about the site’s development is tentatively set for Sept. 9, with the final workshop planned for Sept. 23. City planners have said they hope to have a final report completed by October so they can begin accepting development proposals.

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