The 25-acre field with rows of strange brick silos on North Capitol Street has long intrigued passersby. Is it home to a super secret bunker? An alien landing ground? Missile silos? It's actually a historic water filtration plant that was in use until 1985. After decades of wrangling, the District has big plans for developing the site. The final mix of park, offices and shops is being decided on now, and neighbors, preservationists and developers are all weighing in.
McMillan Sand Filtration Site Conceptual Plans
Summary of the proposed project to develop the McMillan Sand Filtration Site. Courtesy of the Government of the District of Columbia, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development.
Alternative McMillan Sand Filtration Site Uses
A proposed use of the McMillan Sand Filtration Site includes transforming it into an urban farm or an urban beach. Courtesy of Prof. Miriam Gusevich, The Catholic University of America.