The process to develop Washington, D.C.’s historic McMillan Park did not follow standard city protocol, according to the Office of the D.C. Auditor. In a competitive bidding process in 2007, the city chose Vision McMillan Partners (VMP)—a team including construction companies EYA, Jair Lynch Development Partners, and Trammell Crow Company—to create a master plan for the site. In following protocol, the city should have then reopened the bidding process to select a team that would actually develop the site. But instead, the second bidding process never occurred and VMP obtain the rights to buy parcels of the process.
The D.C. auditor’s statement is as a recommendation and does not enforce any changes. It is yet to be determined if the statement will actually yield any alterations to the development process.
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