NOTICE OF INTENT TO PREPARE AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT AND CONDUCT A SCOPING MEETING FOR INTELSAT HEADQUARTERS AND EXPANSION OF INTERNATIONAL CENTER, WASHINGTON, D.C. In accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (Public LAW 91-(90). This is a Notice of Intent to prepare an Environemntal Impact Statement (EIS) and initiate the scoping process for the proposed agency action specified below: AGENCY: The U.S. Department of State has been authorized by Public Law 90-553 to develop a federal International Center in Washington, D.C., and has initiated work for that purpose.
COOPERATING AGENCIES: The General Services Administration and the National Capital Planning Commission will be requested to participate as cooperating Federal agencies. ACTION: The purpose of the study is to ascertain the environmental impacts that may result from the changes in the proposed federal International Center as follows: 1. Change the prime lessor of the approximate 8 acres previously identified for the Organization of American States (OAS) to the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (INTELSAT). 2. Expand the chancery sites to include an additional 11 acres more or less of the "northwest quadrant" of the old National Bureau of Standards site to accommodate up to 9 additional foreign missions. STUDY AREA: The study area will concentrate on the site and its immediate environs, located within the northwest quadrant of the District of Columbia. The site is bounded on the east by Connecticut Avenue, N.W. and the University of the District of Columbia, on the south by Tilden Street, on the west by Reno Road and 36th Street, and on the north by Van Ness Street and the residential lots fronting on Yuma Street. THE PROPOSED PROJECT: The proposed project consists of long-term leases of Federal land to INTELSAT and foreign governments for the purposes of constructing the INTELSAT Headquarters building, chanceries, and chancery enclaves in the "northwest quadrant." Phase 1 of the INTELSAT Headquarters building will consist of approximately 375,000 sq ft. Ultimately, the building may be expanded to 700,000 sq. ft. The chanceries may be developed with a FAR of 1.0 for the estserior lots and a FAR of 1.5 in the interior lots. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION: Public comment is a very important element of the decision making process which has been sustained throughout the International Center project's progress to date. Because of the significant interest shown by the public, and the number of recent studies that have been completed there will be a scoping meeting at: Date and Time: Wednesday, Feb. 4, 1981 at 7:00 PM; Place: National Capital Planning Commission 1325 G Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 10th Floor Commission Meeting Room The Department of State and their consultants will present the proposed scope of analysis and will receive public comments at the scoping meeting. Written comments will be received by the Director of the International Center Project until close of business on Wednesday, February 11, 1981. For further information, please address your requests to Mr. James A. Edgins, Director, A/ICP, Room, 1890, Department of State, 2201 C Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20520 or call 632-9540. Sincerely, James A. Edgins, Director International Center Project