Vision McMillan Partners Hosts Community Forum on Transportation

IMG_5093Last week Vision McMillan Partners (VMP) hosted a community wide forum on transportation to discuss our Transportation Impact Study and allow the community an opportunity to learn more about the study’s purpose, findings and recommendations.  Following a brief presentation by Rob Schiesel and Dan VanPelt of Gorove/Slade Associates (G/S), small group sessions focused on North Capital and First Street improvements were facilitated between the community and the study’s engineers.  The interactive dialog occasioned comments and suggestions that will be considered in the final list of improvements implemented through the PUD process.  Comments and questions were recorded from the community throughout the evening.  G/S and VMP succeeded in responding to a majority of the questions we received over the course of the forum.  Nevertheless, to ensure nothing goes unanswered, we have provided a written response to all the questions we received during the event.  On behalf of G/S, VMP would like to thank everyone who participated in the event and hope you found it to be beneficial.  If there are additional questions on transportation, or the project in general, you may always reach us through our contact page.


Shalom Baranes Associates

Shalom Baranes Associates is a Washington, DC-based architectural firm with an acclaimed reputation for its expertise in governmental, commercial, residential, and institutional design. The firm provides full architectural services for an international clientele including both private and public sector groups. Established in 1981, Shalom Baranes Associates has played an integral part in shaping the development of the National Capital Region. The firm’s strength and growth have been based on its ability to design and gain approval for complex and challenging projects. The firm has strong ties to, and is highly respected by, the community of officials who participate in the architectural review process, and has often advised and consulted with these reviewers on policy and project review decisions.

WDG Architecture

WDG Architecture provides architectural, planning, and interior design services to clients nationally from its offices in Washington, DC, and Dallas, Texas.  Founded in 1938, WDG is recognized for design excellence and has been the recipient of numerous design awards. Under the direction of its nine principals, WDG’s practice areas include commercial, corporate, hospitality, multifamily residential, retail, educational, and institutional design. With experience in all phases of project development and design, WDG is able to offer comprehensive pre-design, design, and construction phase services from planning and feasibility studies through project close-out and occupancy.  WDG strives to understand and anticipate its clients’ needs and works to exceed their expectations.

Lessard Group

The Lessard Group provides architecture, planning, and interior design services for new construction as well as redevelopment, adaptive re-use, renovation, and expansion projects.  The firm fully understands the economic constraints of a project associated with land values, project financing and market conditions that exist today, and assists clients from the very early planning and rezoning stages through to designing an eye-catching, finished interior, and everything in between. The firm’s practice spans several sectors and project types including mixed-use, hotels with ballrooms, meeting rooms, and exhibition space; resorts, casinos, and spas; office; retail/entertainment; green design; urban and town planning; and interior design. The Lessard Group has expanded its practice to provide services across the United States as well as the Middle East and India regional markets. Lessard has recently opened an office in New York, at 57th & 5th near the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan, to address growing demand for the firm’s services throughout the northeastern USA.

Trammell Crow Company

Trammell Crow Company has built a 60+ year reputation as one of the nation’s leading developers and investors in real estate. The company has developed or invested in more than 2,500 buildings valued at more than $50 billion and comprising more than 500 million square feet. TCC professionals are deeply involved in their communities, understand the complexities of their local and state economies, and have strong relationships with brokers, architects, contractors, and community leaders, in addition to local and state government officials. TCC’s expertise extends to a broad and diverse range of product types within the commercial real estate universe including office, industrial, retail (power, neighborhood and lifestyle), healthcare, higher education, airport facilities, multi-family residential (High Street Residential brand), mixed-use projects, and land development.

JAIR LYNCH Development Partners

JAIR LYNCH Development Partners is an urban regeneration company that specializes in the responsible transformation of urban markets, providing advisory and development services for third party clients, as well as the sponsorship and execution of investment grade projects with institutional partners. This includes managing the development of charter schools, recreation centers, libraries, and healthcare centers, as well as affordable, workforce and market-rate housing. Since its founding in 1998, JAIR LYNCH has completed a development portfolio valued at more than $400 million. On each project, JAIR LYNCH works closely with project stakeholders to establish clear objectives, identify risks and devise the right strategy to maximize value. The firm’s range of expertise underscores its belief in holistic neighborhood development.


EYA was established in 1992 with the vision of building innovative urban neighborhoods to the highest standards. The company has made its name and reputation by creating high quality, lifestyle friendly, residential communities throughout the Washington metropolitan area. Consequently, no other homebuilder in the region has received more residential building and land planning awards. EYA has constructed more than 3,000 homes in Washington, DC, and Alexandria, and in surrounding counties. Its development team has tackled some of the most challenging sites in the region, from building on the banks of the Potomac River to revitalizing passed-over neighborhoods. Today, the combination of convenient locations and classic architectural detailing ensures EYA homes—both old and new—are always in demand.

Nelson Byrd Woltz

Nelson Byrd Woltz is a 30-person landscape architecture firm with offices in Charlottesville, Virginia, and New York City. Committed to education and conservation, the firm has been involved in a broad array of public and private projects including botanic gardens and zoos, public parks, private gardens and estates, academic institutions, corporate campuses, and town planning. The firm actively seeks this diversity of project scales and types to cultivate the creativity of the professional staff. The varied backgrounds of the staff include studies in the fields of landscape architecture, architecture, anthropology, biology, economics, ecology, zoology, horticulture, art, art history, and architectural history. This broad knowledge base supports the firm’s collective creativity and ability to respond to diverse client needs.

EHT Traceries

EHT Traceries, Inc. is a women-owned research and consulting firm specializing in history and historic preservation. Since 1977, the award-winning firm has provided its clients with a wide range of professional services related to the preservation of historic and cultural resources. EHT Traceries works throughout the United States, with a special focus on projects in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Emily Hotaling Eig, the company president, is considered an expert on the interpretation of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and Rehabilitation in relation to the adaptive use of historic structures.

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