A Public Scoping Meeting will be held on Wednesday June 6, 2018 at the Metropolitan Planning Commission (Arthur Mendonsa Hearing Room), 112 East State Street, Savannah, GA. The meeting will be from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM. GSA will provide a brief presentation about the project at 6:00 PM and will seek input and answer questions from the public at this meeting.
Supplemental Focused Environmental Assessment for Savannah Courthouse Annex, Savannah, Georgia
Pursuant to the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the General Services Administration (GSA) Southeast Sunbelt Region announces its intent to prepare a Supplemental Focused Environmental Assessment (EA) to identify and address potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed Savannah Courthouse Annex Project, located in Savannah, Georgia.
GSA will analyze a range of alternatives including the no action alternative for the proposed annex. As part of the EA, GSA will study the impacts of each alternative on the natural, cultural, and social environment. GSA will be consulting under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, 16 United States Code (USC) 470f and intends to partially fulfill the Section 106 public notification and consultation requirements through the NEPA scoping process.
In 1996, GSA completed an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the U.S. Courthouse Annex, Savannah, Georgia to address potential impacts associated with the construction and operation of a courthouse annex to the existing Tomochichi Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse at one of three sites. At the conclusion of the EIS, GSA selected a site, but did not receive construction funds until fiscal year 2016. Upon receiving the authorization and appropriation in 2016, GSA re-initiated the design process.
GSA is pursuing a revised design for the proposed courthouse annex to address the current needs of the Federal Courts and respond to the public and consulting parties feedback received during the development of the conceptual design for the project. The selected site is currently occupied by Buildings A and B of the Juliette Gordon Low Federal Building Complex and is already owned by the government. Under the Proposed Action, the GSA would construct an annex at 124 Barnard Street, Savannah, Georgia. The new courthouse annex would be approximately 35,000 gross square feet in size and include an approximately 11,000 gross square foot secured parking lot at 120 Barnard Street.
Interested parties should identify issues and provide comments within their statutory responsibilities that should be considered in the EA on or before Tuesday June 26, 2018, preferably via email to Ashish Desai at firstname.lastname@example.org. The comments can also be sent via mail, postmarked by June 26, 2018, to the attention of:
Mr. Ashish Desai
Regional Environmental Program Specialist
General Services Administration
Martin Luther King Federal Building
77 Forsyth Street, Atlanta, GA 30303