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Sidewalk Sale Held to Raise Funds for Ongoing McMillan Historic Site Legal Fund

Sun., June 28 (10am-7pm): The Dupont Italian Kitchen restaurant (17th & R Sts., NW) hosted the Friends of McMillan (FOM) legal fund benefit sale on its patio sidewalk patio. All proceeds will go towards FOM’s legal expenses for the impending legal fight with the city and Vision McMillan Partners (VMP). FOM aims to stop the demolition and over-development of the Historic McMillan Sand Filtration Site located at the intersection of Michigan Ave. and North Capitol Street, NW in the Bloomingdale neighborhood.

(For background on this major historic preservation and parkland controversy, see our report of one year ago, “Residents Concerned About the Fate of the Historic McMillan Park Site Reveal Dubious Dealings Between the City and Developer.” More recently, in the March 2015 issue, the views of our publisher were clearly stated in the editorial titled “Sleazy Dealings Between the City and Developers Exposed.”)

The sale featured high quality items and services that included household furnishings, appliances, electronic devices, art, antiques, and coffee table books. Also for sale were gift certificates from local restaurants, tickets for theater and sporting events, as well as offers of professional services, such as landscaping, commissioned artistry, yoga lessons, etc. — at greatly reduced prices.

For those missed the sale but would like to donate to the legal fund online, visit To learn more about the Historic McMillan Sand Filtration Site and the fight to save it, visit