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U.S. General Services Administration seeks public comment on draft environmental assessment for new federal courthouse

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) invites the public to provide feedback and comments on a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the acquisition of a site and construction of a new federal courthouse in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The proposed new courthouse would encompass approximately 190,478 gross square feet; include 7 courtrooms, 9 chambers, and 40 secured parking spaces; and be located within the city limits of Chattanooga. The draft EA evaluates a range of alternatives for this courthouse including:

  • Construction of the courthouse at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Site – a portion of (specific size and location to be determined) the property bounded by W. 11th St. on the north, Market St. on the east, W. 12th St. on the south, and Chestnut St. on the west;
  • Construction of the courthouse at the Stadium Site – a portion of (specific size and location to be determined) 201, 203, 205, and 301 Power Alley;
  • Construction of the courthouse at the 8th Street Site – the property bounded by Lindsay St. on the west, E. 8th St. on the north, Houston St. on the east, and extending south to (and including) 814 Lindsay St;
  • Taking no action.

The public is encouraged to provide written comments on the findings presented in the draft EA and draft FONSI. Any substantive comments received will be addressed in the final EA.

  • The draft EA and draft FONSI are available online through GSA’s project website:
  • A hardcopy of each is available for review at the Chattanooga Public Library Downtown Branch, located at 1001 Broad Street, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402.

All comments must be received by email or postmarked by Dec. 31, 2023. Comments can be submitted via mail or email.

Mail: Comments submitted by mail must be postmarked by Dec. 31, 2023 and sent to the following mailing address:

Attention: Mr. Ashish Desai
GSA Region 4
Facilities Management Division
Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Building
77 Forsyth Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

Email: Send email comments by Dec. 31, 2023 to and reference “Chattanooga Courthouse EA” in the subject line.

Further information about the project can be viewed at:


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