Public Notice Regarding Navy Proposal to Demolish Historic Building at Naval Support Facility Indian Head

09/04/13

    INDIAN HEAD, Md. – The Navy is proposing to demolish Building D70 at Naval Support Facility (NSF) Indian Head, Md.  Building D70 was constructed in 1919 to house civilian employees at the Naval Powder Factory and is a contributing resource to the Indian Head Residential Historic District. 
    NSF Indian Head’s Residential Historic District contains residences built between 1890 and 1945, from the earliest, modestly sized dwellings from the early 1890s, to the larger turn-of-the century houses, to dwellings from the two years leading up to World War I, which compromises the largest group of buildings within the district.
    The demolition of Building D70 is necessary due to failing structural integrity and also to continue the 25-percent building footprint reduction set forth by the Department of Navy.  All associated utilities and sidewalks would be removed as part of the proposed action.  As required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Navy is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) to consider the potential environmental effects for the proposed project. 
    This project is subject to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (Section 106 process).  Through consultation with the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT), it has been determined the project would have an adverse effect on the NSF Indian Head Residential Historic District.  Through consultation with the MHT, the Navy has developed a Memorandum of Agreement which includes terms for addressing the adverse effect.  The Navy agrees to provide a written history of Building D70, provide a detailed description of Building D70, file existing architectural drawings with the MHT and file copies of historical photographs with the MHT.
    Questions or comments regarding the Section 106 process for this project should be filed within 14 days of publication of this notice to program manager Bill Sadlon at (202) 685-0164.

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