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2013 ANNUAL MEETING - March 9th
Historic Mount Pleasant will hold its annual membership meeting from 10 a.m. until 12 noon Saturday, March 9, 2013, at the Rosemount Center, 2000 Rosemount Avenue. A light breakfast will be served. We invite neighbors interested in renewing their membership or joining for the first time to do so at the Annual Meeting.
The annual meeting provides an opportunity to review the organization's activities during the prior year and discuss plans and elect directors for 2013. Design awards will also be presented for the restoration of the exteriors of 3324 18th Street and 1740 Kenyon Street. Come meet the people responsible for these projects and make suggestions for other activities to bring neighbors together to enjoy our community.
The keynote presentation this year will be on the proposed redevelopment of the McMillan Sand Filtration Site, a decommissioned water treatment plant and historic landmark occupying 25 acres of green space immediately south of the Washington Hospital Center. The landscape was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., as part of the so-called "emerald necklace" of parks in the city laid out in 1902 by the McMillan Commission. The city is now proposing two separate projects that would demolish most of the historic infrastructure and redevelop the parcel for commercial and residential use, leaving only a small portion as open space. The Friends of McMillan, with help from the Catholic University architecture department, have countered with a plan that would provide a community recreation center and preserve 50% of the site as contiguous parkland. Tony Norman of the Friends of McMillan and Professor Miriam Gusevich will provide an overview of the history of the site and the issues currently under discussion. Come learn what is at stake in the redevelopment of the McMillan site and join the discussion about its future.
2011 ANNUAL MEETING FEATURES PROGRAM ON BRIDGES OF ROCK CREEK PARK
On HMP's 2011 Annual Meeting took place at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2012 in the upstairs Board Room of the Stoddard Baptist Home, 1818 Newton St. About 30 members attended. President Fay Armstrong presented highlights of fiscal year 2011, and provided copies of the 2011 Annual_Report and financial statements. She also presented 2011 design awards for the restoration of 1724 Park Road and the St. Dennis apartment building at 1636 Kenyon Street. Members present voted in the proposed slate of Board members for 2012.
The guest speaker was John DeFerrari, author of the popular blog "Streets of Washington" and the recently-published book, "Lost Washington." Mr. DeFerrari (pictured at right) presented an entertaining and informative history on the scenic bridges that used to exist in the area of Rock Creek Park closest to Mount Pleasant. Illustrated with many postcard views from his personal collection, the presentation chronicled the gradual conversion of small recreational park roads into today's commuter route.
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HMP Supports Effort to Restore the Deauville
The National Housing Trust, which led the restoration of the St. Dennis apartment building, is advising the owners of the Deauville on ways to obtain needed financing. One important potential source is the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program, under which local governments allocate federal tax credits to promote investments in qualified projects. HMP recently wrote a letter urging the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development to provide tax credit financing for restoring the Deauville. The letter is available by clicking on the following link: NHT_Letter.pdf