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Kennedy Center Expansion Proposed Connection to Rock Creek Multi-Use Trail


(WASHINGTON)— The National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) and the National Park Service (NPS), acting as co-lead agencies in cooperation with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will hold a public scoping meeting to share information and invite comments on a proposed connection between the Kennedy Center and the Rock Creek Multi-Use Trail. The purpose of the proposed connection is to improve greater pedestrian and bicycle access to and from the Kennedy Center, the National Mall and Memorial Parks (NAMA), the Rock Creek Multi-Use Trail, the Potomac River waterfront, and surrounding vicinity. The project is needed because there is no direct connection to and from the Kennedy Center to the east, or southeastward towards the Rock Creek Multi-Use Trail, NAMA, and the Potomac River. The project partially falls within the Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, which is under the jurisdiction of the NPS. NCPC will be reviewing the project under its authorities in the National Capital Planning Act.

Under the proposal, the Kennedy Center would create a pedestrian and bicycle bridge from the south of the Kennedy Center. The project would create a public waterfront connection and provide safe pedestrian and bicycle access between the Kennedy Center and the Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway Multi-Use Trail along the riverfront.

In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the NPS and NCPC are preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) to identify alternatives and assess the potential environmental impacts of the proposal. Concurrently, the agencies will conduct consultation under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). This informational scoping meeting will include an "open house" format. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The location, time, and date are presented below:

WHEN: Tuesday, September 29, 2016
Open House: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20566

Comment sheets will be provided at the meeting. If you need special accommodations or language assistance services (translation or interpretation) please contact Kathy Kruse, at least four days in
advance of the meeting at kkruse@kennedy-center.org or by phone at (202) 416-8000. These services
will be provided free of charge.
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A 30-day public scoping period will be opened from September 15, 2015 through October 15, 2015.
During this time, the public is invited to comment on the proposed action, and identify potential issues
or concerns for consideration in the EA. Interested parties are also invited to participate in accordance
with Section 106 of the NHPA.

You may submit comments electronically at the NPS's Planning, Environment, and Public Comment
website (http://parkplanning.nps.gov/KennedyCenter). Written comments may be mailed to:

Stantec Consulting Services
Attn: Elizabeth Estes
Environmental Project Director
6110 Frost Place
Laurel, Maryland 20707.

Mailed comments must be postmarked by October 15, 2015 to receive consideration.
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying
information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment - including your
personal identifying information - may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us
in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot
guarantee that we will be able to do so.

Once the EA is developed, it will be made available on the project website and at public libraries for
public review for a 30-day period. If you wish to be added to the project mailing list for this or other
announcements, please be sure to indicate that in your response.
 
Comment Period: Closed        Sep 15, 2015 - Oct 16, 2015
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