Jair Lynch Puts McMillan Project Back Before the D.C. Zoning Commission

Jair Lynch Development Partners is back before the D.C. Zoning Commission with its final plan for one of two mixed-use residential over retail buildings it proposes to build on the McMillan Sand Filtration site.

The 2 million-square-foot McMillan project involves three developers — Jair Lynch, EYA and Trammell Crow — and the District constructing medical office space, mixed-use multifamily, townhomes and civic uses into the 25-acre former water filtration plant bound by Michigan Avenue, Channing Street, North Capitol Street and First Street Northwest. The overall site has been carved up into seven parcels.

While most of the development planned for McMillan received final approval from the commission last September in the form of a consolidated planned-unit development, the Parcel 2 project from Jair Lynch was not as far along design-wise. It was submitted as a first stage PUD, which required a second stage, submitted on June 8.

Once the second stage is approved, Jair Lynch will be ready to pull building permits. That is, when and if the legal challenges to the controversial project are resolved.

Located on the western edge of the McMillan site, Parcel 2 will be dominated by a seven-story, 236-unit apartment building with 18,772 square feet of ground-floor retail and service uses and 222 underground parking spaces. The building appears as two opposing “U” shapes that will be connected over Three Quarter Street, creating a framed passageway. The facade will be primarily white and feature a metal panel system, some charcoal masonry, wood balcony railings and select areas of cladding.

The Historic Preservation Review Board approved the Parcel 2 design in late April.

The McMillan project will ultimately include more than 1 million square feet of medical office and health-related space developed by Trammell Crow (Parcel 1 and a portion of Parcel 2), a 281-unit multifamily building and grocery store from Jair Lynch (Parcel 4), 146 townhomes from EYA (Parcel 5), and a 17,500-square-foot community center and 8-acre central park (Parcels 6 and 7).

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