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WWI Memorial Consulting Parties Meeting-February 9, 2017

The World War I Centennial Commission (Commission), in cooperation with the National Park Service (NPS), proposes to establish a design for the memorial to further honor those who served as members of the United States Armed Forces during World War I. The World War I Memorial site, previously known as Pershing Park, is bounded by N. Pennsylvania Avenue NW to the north, S. Pennsylvania Avenue NW to the south, and 15th Street NW and 14th Street NW to the west and east, respectively, in Washington, DC. Located one block southeast of the White House, the memorial site is a component of the Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site, an administrative unit of the National Park Service (NPS) and managed by the National Mall and Memorial Parks.

In accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the Commission and 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 Thursday, February 9 at 11:00 a.m., at 401 F Street, NW, Advisory Council for Historic Preservation's large conference room on the 3rd floor. The meeting will provide an opportunity to consider the refinements to the design concept based on comments received and to hold a discussion on the potential effects of the design.

The Consulting Parties previously met on September 21, 2016, at which time participants reviewed the Determination of Eligibility for Pershing Park and offered comments on the design selected by the World War I Commission.

The Commission, established by P.L. 112-272, approved January 14, 2013, is responsible for planning, developing, and executing programs, projects and activities to commemorate the centennial of World War I. By Public Law 113-291 (Section 3091), approved December 19, 2014, the Commission is also responsible for the overall planning, design and construction of enhancements to Pershing Park and the General Pershing Commemorative Work as a World War I Memorial. Enhancement of the site and the General Pershing Commemorative Work may include appropriate sculptural and other commemorative elements, including landscaping.

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.
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