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Old Post Office Building Redevelopment and Environmental Assessment

Old Post Office Building, Washington, DC

Environmental Assessment

Finding No Significant Impact

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) to assess and evaluate the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed redevelopment of the Old Post Office Building (OPO), located at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.  The Old Post Office Building Redevelopment Act of 2008, PL 110-359, authorizes the Administrator of General Services to provide for the redevelopment of the OPO, including any improvements thereon and specifically including the Pavilion Annex.  The Administrator of General Services is directed to proceed with redevelopment of the OPO in accordance with existing authorities available to the Administrator and consistent with the redevelopment plan previously approved by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives and the Committees on Appropriations and Environment and Public Works of the Senate.  The proposed action analyzed in the EA is the redevelopment of the OPO pursuant to PL 110-359.  The action alternative analyzed in the EA represents the proposed redevelopment of the OPO by the preferred selected developer.  Based upon the analysis in the Final EA, GSA has determined that a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) is appropriate for the proposed action.  

The Final EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, Council on Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR 1500-1508), GSA Order ADM 1095.1F (Environmental Considerations in Decision Making), and the GSA Public Buildings Service NEPA Desk Guide.  NEPA requires Federal agencies to provide the public with an opportunity to participate in the process of analyzing the impacts of Federal actions on the human environment.  Previous opportunities to comment on the project were provided during a public scoping period, held from January 3, 2011, through January 19, 2011, and a 30-day public comment period on the Draft EA, which ended on January 9, 2013.  The Final EA provides responses to comments received on the Draft EA.  GSA has consulted on the proposed action in accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), 16 U.S.C. 470f.

The Final EA analyzes the potential environmental impacts of a No Action Alternative and an Action Alternative (proposed action).  Under the Action Alternative, the OPO would be redeveloped as a mixed-use luxury hotel and conference facility.  Additionally, the Action Alternative would require a transfer of jurisdiction of a portion of National Park Service (NPS) property from NPS and GSA. The clock tower will continue to be open to the public.  The No Action Alternative is the continuation of the current maintenance and operation of the OPO and Pavilion Annex.  

The EA studies in detail the potential impacts that might result from the Action Alternative and a No Action Alternative to the following resource topics on the human environment: Land Use and Planning Policies, Public Space, Cultural Resources, Visual Resources, Socioeconomics, Vegetation, Stormwater Management, Floodplains, Air Quality, Transportation (Vehicular and Non-vehicular), Parking, Utilities, and Energy Use and Sustainability. 

Environmental Assessment: Public Involvement Opportunities 

The FONSI was finalized on June 21, 2013. GSA, in its review of the public comments received in response to the Final Supplemental EA and FONSI dated May 16, 2013, has concluded that no information has come to light that leads to a contrary finding and an Environmental Impact Statement will not be prepared. 

 

In making their decision to transfer jurisdiction of a portion of property to GSA to allow proposed action to move forward, the NPS, in accordance with 43 CFR 46.320, is adopting GSA’s 2013 Final EA and will issue its own decision document based on findings of this EA and any public input received.

 

In making their decision to transfer jurisdiction of a portion of property to GSA to allow proposed action to move forward, the NPS, in accordance with 43 CFR 46.320, is adopting GSA’s 2013 Final EA and will issue its own decision document based on findings of this EA and any public input received.

 

The following files are available for download:

Old Post Office Redevelopment Draft EA

Old Post Office Redevelopment Transportation Study

Old Post Office EA Public Review FEA

Old Post Office PA

Old Post Office Signed FONSI

Old Post Office Transportation Study Final

 

 


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