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GSA announces the plan for environmental, transportation and other studies at sites being explored for the new Department of Labor (DOL) headquarters

December 15, 2016

WASHINGTON –The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), today announced the plan for environmental, transportation and historic preservation studies at the Frances Perkins Building and other sites being explored for the new DOL Headquarters. These studies will inform the analysis required to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and will be used to inform the Government's options and ultimate decision in its search for a new headquarters location. A Notice of Intent (NOI) will be published in the Federal Register in January 2017, in accordance with the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations, Code of Federal Regulations, Title 40, Chapter v, part 1508.22.

The current DOL headquarters is more than 40 years old and is in need of costly infrastructure upgrades, to include modern heating, electrical, plumbing and elevator systems. Through the exchange option, the Government envisions an opportunity to create an up-to-date, modern work environment, reduce taxpayer costs for building operations, and promote economic redevelopment at the current site, at 200 Constitution Avenue NW, and at any new location.

The short list of sites selected was announced on November 29th. The three sites are, in no particular order:

  1. Site 1: referenced as "NOMA," located at the intersection of North Capitol Street and New York Avenue in the Northeast quadrant of Washington, DC.
  2. Site 2: referenced as "Capitol Riverfront," located at the intersection of M Street and South Capitol Street in the Southwest quadrant of Washington, DC.
  3. Site 3: referenced as "Poplar Point," located in Anacostia and bordered by Interstate 295, Howard Road and Suitland Parkway in the Southeast quadrant of Washington, DC.

For additional information about the sites, please view the November 29th press release here.

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