The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA), as amended through 2000, established a program for the preservation of historic properties throughout the United States. Section 106 of the NHPA requires Federal agencies to consider the effects of their activities on historic properties.
The St. Elizabeths Campus is considered a National Historic Landmark (NHL) District. In compliance with NHPA, GSA has initiated the Section 106 process to evaluate the effects of the proposed redevelopment of St. Elizabeths on the historic structures and landscape features that are Contributing Resources to the NHL District as well as on potential archaeological resources.
As part of the Section 106 process, GSA is in ongoing consultation with the District of Columbia Historic Preservation Office (DCHPO), the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) and other consulting parties on various undertakings that are part of the redevelopment of St. Elizabeths.
As part of the consultation process with the consulting parties, a Programmatic Agreement (PA) was reached on December 9, 2008. The PA for St. Elizabeths sets forth stipulations to take into account and avoid, minimize and mitigate the effects of redevelopment activities on the St. Elizabeths NHL District as well as set a process framework for future consultations for specific redevelopment activities. The GSA, DCHPO, ACHP, the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC), the United States Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and DHS signed the PA.