The Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website is NPS's primary tool dedicated to facilitating public input into decision making processes. The PEPC website was taken offline during the government shutdown, which prohibited the ability of affected parties and the public to provide comments on any projects or proposals whose comment periods were open between December 21, 2018, and Feb 6, 2019, when PEPC was put back in service. To ensure that the public has ample opportunity to review and comment, the comment period for this proposal will reopen on Feb 6, 2019 and be extended through Feb 27, 2019. Any written comments received or comments entered into PEPC prior to the shutdown will be considered and included in the overall project record.
The World War I Centennial Commission (the Commission), in cooperation with the National Park Service (NPS), proposes to enhance the area around the existing General Pershing Commemorative Work, located at the northwest corner of 14th Street NW. and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. By Public Law 113-291, Section 3091, enacted December 19, 2014 the enhancement work was authorized and the park space, formerly known as Pershing Park, was redesignated as a "World War I Memorial." The World War I Memorial site, a federal property, is a component of the Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park System that is administered by the Superintendent, National Mall and Memorial Parks. The memorial, located one block east of the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 14th Street NW and 15th Street NW, can include appropriate sculptural and other commemorative elements, including landscaping, that can be constructed to further honor the service of members of the United States Armed Forces in World War I. The Secretary of the Interior, through the NPS, on completion of the enhancements will assume responsibility for maintaining the work.
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the NPS and the Commission are preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) to identify alternatives and assess the potential impacts of the proposal. Concurrent to the NEPA process, the NPS and the Commission will conduct consultation under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA).
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