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Apr302019

2 Year Zoning Extension Granted to Jair Lynch for Envision McMillan

Link to Video of Zoning Hearing

On April 29th, 2019 the Office of Zoning again voted unanimously to approve a 2 year extension for the Envision McMillan project at the McMillan Sand Filtration Site. The time clock on this extension does not start until the current case in the DC Court of Appeals has been decided. 

A summary article, in quotes below, regarding the appeal was written by Drew Hansen of The Washington Business Hournal on March 14th, 2019. 

Link to Article

"The team behind the redevelopment of McMillan Reservoir is applying for a two-year extension on a portion of the project as it remains mired in appeals years after its approval. 

Development team Vision McMillan Partners, a group that includes developers EYA, Jair Lynch Real Estate and Trammell Crow, was given permission last year to move forward with demolition and subdivide the historic 25-acre property bounded by North Capitol, First and Channing streets and Michigan Avenue NW. Opponents filed a petition at that time to halt the project. 

But though the project remains under appeal and in litigation, D.C.’s Zoning Commission ruled in September that no additional remands would occur for Parcel 2 of the development, which includes a 233-unit building with retail. The ruling did not pause the two-year window the team has to secure building permits and other approvals, and the development team is now seeking an extension. 

“The Applicant is unable to comply with the time limits for validity of the Commission’s approval established under the Second Stage Order,” reads a section of the application.

A zoning hearing has been scheduled for April.

UrbanTurf was the first to report on the request for an extension on Parcel 2.

Overall, the 2.1 million-square-foot McMillan project includes a mix of apartments, townhomes, medical office space and a 52,000-square foot grocery. Critics have long argued the project as proposed is too dense and too tall for the location, that it will create a traffic problems and detrimentally affect its surroundings.

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