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Painter Elaine S. Wilson’s McMillan Landscapes

June 19, 2015

During the Historical Society of Washington D.C.’s For the Record exhibition, I became acquainted with work of painter Elaine S. Wilson. I was particularly drawn to her paintings of the McMillan Sand Filtration Plant site. You can see a few samples of her work at her Website here.

449-McMillan-Filtration-Evening-sm(One of several paintings of McMillan Sand Filtration Site by artist Elaine S. Wilson.)

Having chatted with Wilson, I know that she has many more D.C. landscapes that one can see on her Website — and several others in progress. I look forward to seeing what her next paintings will be.

Vision McMillan Partners Give Presentation to Park View Residents on Proposed Redevelopment Plans and Community Impacts

April 18, 2014

Guest post from Community members Dianne Chambers, Rashida Brown and David Do

On Monday April 7, an informal Park View neighborhood happy hour drew a large and enthusiastic crowd of more than 80 people who came out to hear about the redevelopment plans for the historic McMillan Sand Filtration site. The event was held at Mothership on Georgia Ave, NW Washington DC.

Supporters of the project and members of “Neighbors for McMillan,” David Do, Dianne Chambers and Rashida Brown, hosted the event and invited the Vision McMillan Partners to Park View to speak with members of the community about the proposed redevelopment plans. This event included a presentation from the Vision McMillan Partners for residents to learn more about the proposed plans currently in the process of moving through D.C.’s zoning commission. Park View community members and interested parties met the developers and asked questions throughout the night. Special thanks to Stephan Boillon and his staff at Mothership for the great venue and delicious food! Brianne Nadeau, the Ward 1 Democratic Nominee for the D.C. Council made a special appearance and remarks in support of the VMP plans.

The overall tone and feedback from the crowd was positive. Park View neighbors expressed an overwhelming amount of support for the project. However, concerns about traffic impact and congestion along the Ward 1 boarders of the site were raised that night.

Vision McMillan rendering(Envision McMillan rendering)

Neighbor for McMillan and Park View resident, Rashida Brown, welcomed everyone and gave some opening remarks sharing her story about why she is in support of the VMP’s plans. She urged Park View to have a “seat at the table” and be more informed, involved and engaged in the process. She stressed the importance of attending the next PUD hearings throughout the month of May to share input. Historically, residents from Ward 5 have attended the VMP-sponsored community meetings and provided testimony on the proposed plans (quite often in opposition). Ms. Brown mentioned the positive impacts and benefits for the Park View community.

Aakash Thakkar, representing EYA, thanked Park View for the invitation and mentioned the plan is closer than ever to seeing it come to fruition. It has taken about 30 years to get real traction on this project, but he feels the current plan is a good fit for the community as it preserves the historical integrity of the site. Tania Jackson, representing VMP, discussed her community advocacy and organizing efforts to help move the VMP plans forward.

Anne Corbett, Project Director for Vision McMillan Partners presented a plan that includes both market-rate and affordable housing (town homes, multi-family and senior apartments). At least 10% of the units will be set aside for affordable housing. There will also be a 50,000 sf grocery store, health care facilities, a community center with pool, and an 8 acre park.

A slide displaying the new McMillan site at night showcased a new lighting design and gives the impression that this will be a very welcoming environment at all hours. One of the biggest themes of the presentation is the fact that the plan honors the site by preserving its historic integrity while at the same time, providing much needed amenities for the community at large.

The information provided was very positively received. Most of the residents seemed pleased to hear about what is on the horizon. Park View neighbor, David Do commented on the positive impact more affordable housing will have in our community. He also mentioned that the grocery store will help provide a much needed resource to the area’s food desert. The full team took questions which have been linked to this post.

If you would like to support the McMillan project, the next step is to come out and testify at the PUD/Zoning Commission hearings planned for May. You can get more information and sign up for the hearings at: and

 Dates for the PUD hearings are as follows:

  • May 1, 2014 (Thursday) @ 6pm – Stage 1 Master Plan, Open Spaces and Parks, and Community Center (Parcels 6 and 7)
  • May 5, 2014 (Monday) @ 6pm – Multi-Family/Retail Building (Parcel 4) and Townhouses (Parcel 5)
  • May 8, 2014 (Thursday) @ 6pm – Healthcare Facility (Parcel 1)
  • May 13, 2014 (Thursday)@ 6pm – Continuation hearing (if needed)

 PUD hearings will be held at:

Jerrily R. Kress Memorial Hearing Room
441 4th St., NW Suite 220-South
Washington, DC 20001

Learn More About Redevelopment of the McMillan Filtration Site

April 3, 2014

Here’s an opportunity for Park View residents to learn more about the McMillan Sand Filtration Redevelopment plans, meet the developers and architects, and ask any questions that you may have. A happy hour has been set up for the community on April 7th at Mothership. Full announcement below:

You may be familiar with the redevelopment plans for the McMillan Sand Filtration Site (surrounding Michigan Ave and N. Capitol St). Rashida, Dianne, and I have organized a happy hour at Mothership (3301 Georgia Ave, NW WDC), April 7th @ 6:30-8:30pm for Park View residents to meet the developers and architects, ask questions, share your opinions and get updates.

The Vision McMillan plans call for acres of park space, a state of the art community center, retail, a grocery store and much more! We’re excited to have these amenities close to home. But we want to get your thoughts on the plans and share them with the developers. The plan is now moving forward to the Zoning Commission in less than two months, and later the Mayor’s Agent for final approvals.

We want to hear from you Park View! There will be lite fare and libations served.

RSVP by Thursday, April 3rd by emailing

Vision McMillan rendering(Envision McMillan rendering)

McMillan Sand Filtration Site Open House this Saturday

October 27, 2011

Have you wanted to visit the McMillan Sand Filtration Site but you keep missing out when it’s open to the public? Well, here’s another opportunity. It will be open this Saturday, October 29th, from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Click on the image below for details on visiting. You can also click here to see photographs from the September 17th open house.


Visit to McMillan Sand Filtration Site

September 19, 2011

This past Saturday, September 17, the McMillan Sand Filtration site was open to visitors between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The tour was largely organized by John T. Salatti, Commissioner for ANC 5C04 and Vice President of the Bloomingdale Civic Association, although there were several ANC Commissioners and community activists there along with Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr.

While I’m sure this was announced well enough in advance, I found out about it quite late. I’ll be sure to pass on any information I get, if I get enough notice, the next time the grounds are open to the public.

The sand filtration site is one of those places that you just want to know more about. Future development of the site is difficult because the majority of the green space sits atop a vast network of sand filtration cells that were constructed of unreinforced concrete. I learned on the tour that such construction can last for years (the Roman Colosseum was built this way, commissioned in 72 AD), but it is not strong enough to build on top of.

McMillan Park was also designated by the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board as a Historic Landmark in 1991 and they nominated the site for the National Register of Historic Places as well. Wikipedia has a good article on McMillan Park and its history which you can read for additional information.

The site was in operation from 1905 to 1986. In 1987, the federal government sold it to the District of Columbia for $9.3 million. In addition to the YouTube video above, I’ve included a few additional photos after the jump. (more…)

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