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C&O Canal NHP Park Headquarters Relocation

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The National Park Service (NPS) has begun a planning process to relocate the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal) headquarters from Hagerstown, MD, to Williamsport, MD, at the former Miller Lumber Company site at the intersection of Potomac and Commerce Streets, adjacent to the Cushwa Basin in the park.

Since the last public meeting on February 12, 2019, NPS has been working with designers and the Maryland Economic Development Corporation (MEDCO) to develop concept plans for the new facility. MEDCO will develop the property.

As part of its commitment to collaborate with the community, NPS invites community members and other interested members of the public to an informational meeting on April 9, 2019, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Williamsport Community Building located in Byron Memorial Park, 2 Park Road, Williamsport, MD 21795 to view conceptual plans for the new headquarters and visitor center. NPS staff want to hear ideas and thoughts on the conceptual plans for the relocation of the park's headquarters to the former Miller Lumber Company site. The proposed site is located in the Williamsport Historic District and adjacent to the canal, and both features are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Hearing from members of the community is a critical piece of the planning process. Over the next six months, NPS will hold an additional public meeting to discuss next steps in the project as it progresses.

In addition, public scoping under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) will occur for 15 days, from April 9 until April 24. There are three ways to comment during this period: (1) in person at the public meeting on April 9, 2019, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Williamsport Community Building; (2) by mail for letters postmarked by April 24, 2019; and (3) online (Preferred) through the park Planning, Environment & Public Comment (PEPC) webpage for the project.

Attn: Superintendent
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
attn: HQ Relocation Project
1850 Dual Highway Suite 100
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Approximately 5 million people visit C&O Canal each year. In 2017, more than 420,000 of these visitors came to Williamsport, spending nearly $6 million in the local community and supporting more than 800 local jobs. The move, which was announced in September, is expected to bring an economic boost and over 75 jobs to Williamsport.

Currently, the C&O Canal headquarters is located in Hagerstown, Md., which is a 20-minute drive from the nearest park location in Williamsport. In 2002, the park offices moved to Hagerstown from the Ferry Hill Plantation visitor center near Sharpsburg, Md.

Contact Information
Kevin D. Brandt
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
Attn: HQ Relocation Project
1850 Dual Highway Suite 100
Hagerstown, MD 21740