The National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) requires federal agencies to consider the effects that a proposed action may have on historic resources and to consult on means to avoid, minimize, or mitigate effects determined to be adverse. For the proposed action, GSA's EA will include a summary of the proposed action's potential impact to cultural resources. In conjunction with GSA's NEPA documentation and in fulfillment of its Section 106 responsibilities, GSA initiated Section 106 Consultation on December 3, 2013 and re-initiated Section 106 Consultation on August 27, 2014; GSA has conducted two Section 106 Consulting Party meetings on December 17, 2013 and February 24, 2015 with the consulting parties to evaluate the potential for effects to the Cotton Annex, the Regional Office Building (ROB), and adjacent and nearby historic resources. GSA has determined the Cotton Annex eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. In March 2014, the Secretary of the Interior determined that the ROB is not eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.The public will be provided opportunities to comment on the EA, which will incorporate the results from the Section 106 consultation.
GSA has already concluded Section 106 consultation on the 1800 F Modernization, which led to the execution of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the DC State Historic Preservation Office. The St. Elizabeths West Campus Development Master Plan is the subject of a 2008 Section 106 Programmatic Agreement for the Master Plan. GSA's ongoing Section 106 consultation for projects on the West Campus is reinitiated as each project is designed. GSA will conduct consultation for the rehabilitation of West Campus buildings as the design is developed.
NHPA Section 106 Documentation
- Cotton Annex Building Section 106 Consultation Meeting Invitation Letter, December 3, 2013
- Cotton Annex Building Section 106 Consultation Reinitiation Meeting Letter, August 27, 2014
106 Consultation Meeting Presentation, December 17, 2013
- Cotton Annex Building Section 106 Consultation Meeting Presentation, December 17, 2013
- Cotton Annex Building Section 106 Consultation Meeting Meeting Notes, December 17, 2013
106 Consultation Meeting Presentation, February 24, 2015