Project (7100) Document or Notice Agency Seeking Comment/ Posting Notice Date Posted Closing Date
Switzer Building Site Improvements EA

Revised FONSI

Supplemental EA Traffic Study

NHPA Section 106 MOA


April 14, 2011 May 4, 2011
Description of Project

The General Services Administration (GSA) proposes to undertake site improvements at the Mary E. Switzer Building. These improvements include the conversion of a surface parking lot into a combination of landscaped plazas, gardens, and parking; the construction of a coffee/concession stand; the narrowing of C Street, SW; changes to driveway locations; the improvement of the sidewalks bordering the Switzer Building, as well as the sidewalk on the north side of C Street, SW; the enhancement of landscaping around the building; the construction of an architectural or public art element to conceal an existing and a proposed vent stack; and the installation of permanent perimeter security elements. The scope of the proposed action extends beyond the Switzer Building site to encompass C Street, SW between 3rd and 4th Streets, SW and the sidewalk on the north side of the street.

Input Requested
Comments on final Environmental Assessment (EA) and GSA’s Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

Submit Comments to:
Shane Dettman, AICP Senior Urban Planner
Phone: 202-482-7267
Address: NCPC, 401 9th Street, NW, Suite 500N, Washington, DC 20004

Suzanne Hill, NEPA Program Specialist Portfolio Management Division
Phone: 202-205-5821
Address: U.S. General Services Administration, 301 7th Street, SW, Room 7600 Washington, DC 20407

Commission Action Requested
Approval of preliminary and final site and building plans.

Expected Date of NCPC Action
May 5, 2011

Historic Preservation (section 106) Consultation Process

Concurrent with the preparation of the EA, GSA carried out and completed the Section 106 consultation process as required by the National Historic Preservation Act and has determined that the project will have an “Adverse Effect” on the L’Enfant Plan and the Switzer Building. GSA is currently in the process of finalizing a Memorandum of Agreement with the District of Columbia State Historic Preservation Officer in order to avoid, minimize, and/or mitigate the adverse effects.

Other Information

GSA has issued a revised FONSI that will supercede the original FONSI dated July 6, 2010.