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GSA holds San Ysidro community meetings

By Javier Fernandez

GSA representatives and San Ysidro community leaders
Community leaders examine renderings showing proposed modifications to planned improvements.

On May 9, 2013, representatives from GSA’s Pacific Rim Region held community outreach meetings in San Ysidro to brief community leaders and stakeholders on the progress of the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry project.

Sr. Asset Manager Anthony Kleppe and Sr. Project Manager Scott Shin moderated the recurring Community Representatives Committee (CRC) meeting, where they informed participants about the proposed improvements at Virginia Avenue. These improvements will include a new pedestrian crossing, also known as the PedWest Facility. In addition, a transit center on the west side of the port will be developed in coordination with the City of San Diego, the California Department of Transportation, the San Diego Association of Governments, and the U.S. Federal Highway Administration.

Kleppe and Shin also reported that the initial draft of the Memorandum of Understanding has been distributed to regional agency partners, and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process is underway. The PedWest and Virginia Avenue Transit Center design and construction contract procurement is expected to be finalized in winter 2013, with construction completed summer 2015.

The CRC was followed by a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) community scoping meeting, hosted by NEPA Project Manager Osmahn Kadri. As GSA is proposing modifications to Phase 3 improvements, the agency has initiated this required environmental documentation process.

The SEIS will analyze the potential effects of changing the number of vehicle lanes on the proposed southbound roadway and incorporating a bi-directional pedestrian crossing on Virginia Avenue. The scoping meeting had an informal and inviting open house format, which allowed the community to meet with GSA environmental experts, ask questions, and submit written comments about the scope of the SEIS.

The deadline to submit written comments regarding the SEIS was June 9, 2013.

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