Design Modifications for Harris Teeter Approved

Parcel 4 - Harris Teeter

Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners request for a revision to the proposed design of Parcel 4, which required a modification to the existing PUD Order, has been approved.  The design modification results from Jair Lynch’s signed Letter of Intent with Harris Teeter to activate the building’s ground floor with a full-service 50,000 sf grocery store.

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The most visible modification results from the creation of a café mezzanine space connected to an outdoor patio above the street level at the corner of North Capitol and the North Service Court.  The new public outdoor space offers the ability to experience the North Service Court and its historic structures from the approximate elevation of the existing plinth.  Additional design revisions included additional windows, the storefront entry and the incorporation of Harris Teeter’s signage.

On the Quarter Street frontage, the overall appearance of the residential lobbies was enhanced to by incorporating additional windows and architectural elements.  Harris Teeter’s use of smaller delivery trucks provided the opportunity to decrease the size of the loading dock, which strengthened the appearance of the building on Evarts Street.

None of the proposed modifications effect the number of residential units to be located on the building’s upper floors, which will include 85 affordable units set aside for seniors at 50% of AMI. The overall project aims to kick off construction later this year, with the new Harris Teeter and apartments delivering in 2018.

The hearing before the Zoning Commission took place on March 10, 2016. Email us at if you’d like more information regarding the hearing.

Jair Lynch Real Estate Partner’s Parcel 2 Receives PUD Approval

Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners garnered initial approval from the Zoning Commission for their Stage Two PUD Application to construct a 7-story mixed use building on Parcel 2 of the McMillan site. The design for Parcel 2, guided by the Master Plan and Stage One PUD approved in 2014, compliments the surrounding historic resources and draws from a consistent design palette in keeping with other new development on the McMillan site.

This mixed-use building will have between 18,000 and 24,000 SF of ground-floor neighborhood serving retail uses. Approximately 236 apartments will be constructed above the retail; 27 of these units will be designated as affordable. The affordability component was enhanced by the addition of two units affordable to households making 50% AMI, while the balance will be available at 80% of AMI. The PUD process also resulted in the design modification of the east-west span connecting the building across Three Quarter Street. That span will be transparent, no longer containing any residential units.

The final draft of the PUD Order was submitted to the Zoning Commission, Office of Planning and three affected ANC’s last Thursday, Mar 2nd and is now pending Final Action.

Parcel 2 flyover animation (prior to the design changes)

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VMP Submits Revised Building Designs

In preparation for our upcoming hearing on September 29th and in response to questions raised at our last hearing, VMP provided additional information to the Zoning Commission on Monday. During the last hearing, the Commission requested additional information on, or restudy of, the height of the Healthcare Facility; the loading facilities for the multifamily/grocery store; proposed traffic mitigation measures; and additional information on the timing and scope of public benefits and amenities.

As detailed in the images below, revisions to the PUD include a reduction of the western wing building height of the Medical Office Building from 130 feet to 115 feet. To maintain the architectural aesthetic of the overall design, the clearance height of the projecting bay on the north and south facades of the east wing was raised, thereby reducing the size of the eastern building as well. To further sustain the design intent, the building peripheral was also adapted on all sides of the western and eastern wings, which is visible in the second image. The net effect of these changes is an overall reduction of 25,000 square feet of gross floor area.

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With regards to the multifamily/grocery, the street level design of Evarts Street was further refined to ensure a safe and attractive experience for pedestrians. One curb cut along the street was eliminated, while combining the trash and service space for the residential and grocery store uses. The two relatively small changes resulted in significant enhancements to the street level elevation. First, new flexible space is now available at the eastern end of the building with new windows spanning approximately 55 feet of the ground floor to further activate the streetscape along Evarts Street. Second, the loading bay opening is now divided into two sections separated by a column, producing a more articulated rhythm to the ground floor façade. Both changes are illustrated in the renderings below.

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The full submittal is available for download.

Two for Two


You did it again! Supporters turned out in such great numbers for a second Zoning Hearing in a row! You stayed HOURS so you could present eloquent, thoughtful testimony to the Zoning Commission about this plan. The energy and dedication is humbling for our team and so, so appreciated.

One supporter said to me, “not only will the new McMillan site provide a much needed grocery store, retail and affordable housing, but it will allow me to walk through the fenced off areas to other parts of the community that were only accessible by car before.”  Watching supporters testify from Bloomingdale, Stronghold, Park View and other neighborhoods,  it was clear to me that we are doing just that – reconnecting the community around the site. While we have made it through two hearings, there are still TWO MORE to go. We need you as a committed supporter to show the commission that you stand with the VMP team and support this plan. Please click here to attend at least ONE of the FINAL TWO zoning hearings on May 8th and 13th.

We heard many of our supporters speak last night about why they support the VMP plan, and the benefit that they feel it will bring to the community. If you can not attend a hearing, the Zoning Commission should still hear from you. Please take 2 minutes and click here to write to the Commission and tell them why you Support a New McMillan.

We’ve made it this far together – farther than any other previous plan for the McMillan site – and only with your help and support will we make it to the finish line.

Thank you again for your continued support.

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Anne Corbett
Vision McMillan Partners

Remaining Hearing dates and times:

May 8, 2014 (THIS THURSDAY) 6:00 p.m. – Healthcare Facility (Parcel 1)

May 13, 2014 (Tuesday) 6:00 p.m. – Continuation of Hearing #1, ANC and Personal Testimony

All PUD hearings will be at held at:
Jerrily R. Kress Memorial Hearing Room
441 4th Street, N.W., Suite 220-South
Washington, D.C. 20001

One down, three to go


Wow. Our supporter turnout on Thursday night was outstanding! Looking back at the audience and seeing the sea of green was extraordinarily inspiring for our full presentation team last night. We can’t thank you enough for your participation and support of a plan that we truly feel is the best opportunity to create a beautiful open space with an 8-acre park, much needed retail and grocery options, multi-function community center with a pool, and thousands of jobs.

The Zoning Commission and those in attendance had an opportunity to see a presentation that included the Master Plan, open park space and the Community Center design.  Due to the complexity of the project, the Commission asked that all individual testimony be held until the final hearing on May 13th.

That’s where you come in. We need you to help us keep the momentum going. One hearing down, three more to go. If you haven’t already, please click here to sign up to attend at least one of the remaining three zoning hearings, on May 5th, 8th and 13th.

Everyone in the community understands that this project is highly contentious. If you’ve been to a community meeting, hearing in the past, and or read a story in the press, you know that many have strong emotions one way or another. We need to keep our positive energy high and continue to push hard through the end of the hearings. Whether or not you can attend any of the hearings, the Zoning Commission still needs to hear from you about why you support the project. Click here to send a letter to the Commission telling them why the Vision McMillan plan will benefit your community!

We are closer now than ever before to making this project a reality. Thank you again for all your support to help us get there.

I look forward to seeing all of that green on Monday night!
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Anne Corbett
Vision McMillan Partners

Remaining Hearing dates and times:

May 5, 2014 (Monday) 6:00 p.m. –   Multi-Family/Retail Building (Parcel 4) and Townhouses (Parcel 5)
May 8, 2014 (Thursday) 6:00 p.m. – Healthcare Facility (Parcel 1)
May 13, 2014 (Tuesday) 6:00 p.m. – Continuation of Hearing #1, ANC and Personal Testimony

All PUD hearings will be at held at:
Jerrily R. Kress Memorial Hearing Room
441 4th Street, N.W., Suite 220-South
Washington, D.C. 20001