Dear Interested Party,
The United States General Services Administration (GSA) announces the availability of the Pre-Final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Proposed Mitigated Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the proposed acquisition of a site and the construction of a new federal courthouse (Courthouse) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The FONSI applies to all four sites under consideration.
The GSA has prepared the EA and FONSI in accordance with Section 102 of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), 42 U.S.C. § 4321 et seq., the Council on Environmental Quality regulations (CEQ), 40 C.F.R. §§ 1500-1508, and the GSA Public Buildings Service (PBS) NEPA Desk Guide (October 1999). The GSA consulted under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) (16 U.S.C. § 470f) and partially fulfilled the Section 106 public notification and consultation requirements through the NEPA scoping process.
Since all of the sites proposed for the Fort Lauderdale Courthouse are either partly or fully in a 1% or 0.2% chance of floodplain, GSA has also developed a Determination of No Practicable Alternative and floodplain mitigation measures, which will be considered during the design process.
The GSA plans to acquire a site for the design and construction of a 255,000 gross square foot Courthouse, to include fifty inside parking spaces, within the City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The EA prepared by GSA evaluated a range of alternatives for this courthouse, which included:
- Alternative 1 – No Action Alternative (no new construction)
- Alternative 2 – Construction of the new Courthouse at the Hudson Site
- Alternative 3 – Construction of the new Courthouse at the Tri Rail Broward Site
- Alternative 4 – Construction of the new Courthouse at the County Courthouse Site
- Alternative 5 – Construction of the new Courthouse at the Tri Rail Cypress Creek Site
The Pre-Final EA is available for a 30-day comment period. Comments shall be received no later than 9/4/2020. Copies of the pre-final EA and FONSI are available online at:
Pre-Final EA: https://go.usa.gov/xfE9X
For additional information regarding the EA or this project, please contact the following:
General Services Administration, Region 4
Attention: Mr. Ashish Desai
Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Building
77 Forsyth Street, SW, Atlanta, GA 30303