Decision Summary HPA No. 13-208
- HPA Number
- Building Name
- Date of Order
HPA Number: 13-208
Case Name: In the Matter of: Application of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority for a Raze Permit for Construction of the First Street Tunnel at the McMillan Slow Sand Filtration Plant, which is part of the McMillan Park Reservoir Historic District
Location of Property: McMillan Slow Sand Filtration Plant
Date of Decision: April 10, 2013
Type of Case/Type of Permit Sought: Demolition
Subject Matter(s): Historic District; Special Merit – Community Services
Summary of Decision:
The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (the “Applicant”) sought approval of the Mayor’s Agent for a permit to demolish two filtration cells at McMillan Park Reservoir, part of the McMillan Park Reservoir Historic District. The Applicant planned to build a sewer overflow tunnel beneath First Street, and two cells needed to be removed to allow a staging and boring area. The Mayor’s Agent released his opinion before the transcript of the hearing became available because of the time-sensitive nature of the public safety project.
The Mayor’s Agent briefly concluded that the application “plainly qualifies” as a project of special merit due to its community services benefits. The project, when complete, will reduce chronic flooding in the neighborhood. The Mayor’s Agent found that reduced flooding will produce the kind of public health and safety benefits envisioned by the special merit provision in D.C. Code § 6-1102(a)(11).