Old Post Office Building Redevelopment and Environmental Assessment
Finding No Significant Impact
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) to assess 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 the 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. Pervious opportunities to comment on the project were provided during a public scoping period, held from January 3, 2011, through January 19, 2011, and were 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 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 Final EA and FONSI are being made available to the public, Federal and local government agencies, and other stakeholder for a 30 calendar day public review period. GSA is now accepting public comments concerning the Final EA and FONSI through June 21, 2013.
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 the findings of this EA and any public input received.
Written comments must be postmarked by June 21, 2013. If no information leading to a contrary finding is received or comes to light during the 30-day review period, the FONSI will become final. Written comments and inquires regarding the Final EA and FONSI should be submitted to:
U.S. General Service Administration, Public Buildings Service
Attention: Ms. Suzanne Hill, Regional Environmental Planning Officer
301 7th Street, SW, Room 4004
Washington, DC 20407
The following files are available for download: