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Lincoln Memorial Rehabilitation: Public Scoping for the Environmental Assessment, June 27th
 
Date Start Time End Time Time Zone Location
Jun 27, 2017 6:00 PM 8:00 PM National Capital Regional Headquarters
1100 Ohio Drive, SW
Washington, District of Columbia 20242

The National Park Service (NPS), as lead responsible federal agency for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the rehabilitation of the Lincoln Memorial, a site administered by the National Mall and Memorial Parks. The EA will include an assessment of cultural resources potentially affected by the proposed action consistent with provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966 (as amended), as applicable. Compliance with Section 106 of the NHPA will be conducted by the NPS separate from but concurrent with the EA. This letter serves as notification that the NPS is initiating NHPA Section 106 consultation, has begun the NEPA compliance process, and is expecting to have an EA available for public and regulatory review in early 2018.

We encourage your participation throughout the planning process. Between June 7 and July 10, 2017, the National Park Service is soliciting scoping comments from interested agencies, groups, and individuals. During the scoping period, the public and agencies are invited to identify any issues or concerns they might have with the proposed project so the NPS can consider them in preparing the EA. Comments related to historic properties will also be gathered for the purposes of compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. We encourage interested parties to attend a public meeting on June 27, 2017 at 6 - 8 P.M at the National Capital Regional Headquarters, 1100 Ohio Drive, SW, Washington D.C., 20242.

 
Description:
The purpose of this project is to introduce the experience of the undercroft in order to expand the overall interpretive and educational visitor experience of the Lincoln Memorial. In addition, the project would improve accessibility, enhance the chamber experience, improve visitor services, and improve the efficiency of park operations. This project would provide a new experience to visitors at one of the most heavily visited sites on the National Mall and would allow the park to tell new and expanded stories related to the memorial and its construction, while respecting the historic character and intended solemnity of the memorial.

This project is needed because the undercroft is a valuable interpretive resource of the Lincoln Memorial that is unknown by the general public. The public's ability to experience the cathedral-like space is not being realized. Additionally, the current configuration of visitor services and park support facilities within the memorial is insufficient for the heavily visited site. The existing egress to the restrooms and exhibit space are not current with life safety code. The restrooms are outdated and require frequent repairs. There is only one elevator to the chamber level, and it is unreliable. The bookstore located on the chamber level is too small for the large crowds, offers poor visitor circulation, creates a congestion point, and conflicts with the intended solemnity of the memorial at the chamber level.

The EA will analyze the potential environmental impacts of alternatives (including the no action alternative) for the rehabilitation of the Lincoln Memorial, including the rehabilitation of the memorial's undercroft and the improvement and expansion of the restrooms, accessibility, visitor interpretation spaces, and NPS support and service spaces.

Meeting Directions/Instructions:


Lincoln Memorial Rehabilitation: Section 106 Consulting Parties Meeting, July 24th
 
Date Start Time End Time Time Zone Location
Jul 24, 2017 2:00 PM 3:30 PM ACHP Large Conference Room, 3rd Floor
401 F Street NW, Washington, DC
Washington, District of Columbia
The National Park Service (NPS) proposes to rehabilitate the Lincoln Memorial for its centennial in 2022. This project will include the rehabilitation of the Lincoln Memorial and improvements to the existing visitor services and NPS service-related spaces on the mezzanine level. Potential actions will include accessibility enhancements, expanded visitor interpretation and creating a view to the undercroft. Exterior work will also be completed and include repairs to the brick masonry and marble joints and improvements to the landscaping adjacent to the memorial.
 
Description:
In accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the NPS are notifying you of the potential for effects and invite you to participate in the Section 106 consultation process to consider these effects. The Section 106 process is being undertaken concurrently with the environmental review process mandated by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The meeting will be held on Monday, July 24, at 2:00 p.m. at 401 F Street NW in Washington, DC. The meeting will provide an overview of the project and will identify the Area of Potential Effects (APE) and historic resources/features that may be affected by the undertaking.

Meeting Directions/Instructions:
If you require additional information or special assistance to attend and participate in this meeting, please contact Catherine Dewey at the NPS at (202) 245-4711.

Lincoln Memorial Rehabilitation: Section 106 Consulting Parties Meeting, February 21st
 
Date Start Time End Time Time Zone Location
Feb 21, 2018 10:00 AM 12:00 PM ACHP Large Conference Room, 3rd Floor
401 F Street NW, Washington, DC
Washington, District of Columbia
The National Park Service (NPS) proposes to rehabilitate the Lincoln Memorial for its centennial in 2022. The purpose of this project is to improve accessibility, enhance the chamber experience, improve visitor services, and improve the efficiency of operations at the Park. In addition, this project would introduce the experience of the undercroft in order to expand the overall interpretive and educational visitor experience of the Lincoln Memorial. This project would provide a new experience to visitors at one of the most heavily visited sites on the National Mall and would allow the Park to tell new and expanded stories related to the Memorial and its construction, while respecting the historic character and intended solemnity of the Memorial.
 
Description:
In accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the NPS is notifying you of the potential for effects and invite you to participate in the Section 106 consultation process to consider these effects. The Section 106 process is being undertaken concurrently with the environmental review process mandated by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at 401 F Street NW in Washington, DC in the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation Conference Room on the 3rd Floor. The meeting will provide an opportunity to review determinations of effects and to discuss potential mitigation measures for the adverse effects. Materials will be distributed in advance of the meeting.

Meeting Directions/Instructions:
If you require additional information or special assistance to attend and participate in this meeting, please contact Catherine Dewey at the NPS at (202) 245-4711.