Restoration Board Bids for More Input on New Marine Barracks
by Larry Janezich
The Capitol Hill Restoration Society Board of Directors voted unanimously January 18, to authorize sending a letter to the U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy, asking for consulting status on historic preservation aspects of the construction of new marine barracks – as well as the deconstruction of the existing barracks next to the freeway at 8th and I Streets, SE.
Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 provides that “Certain individuals and organizations with a demonstrated interest in the (construction project) undertaking may participate as consulting parties due to the nature of their legal or economic relation to the undertaking or affected properties, or their concern with the undertaking’s effects on historic properties.”
Board president Beth Purcell noted that the military can say no, but making the request emphasizes the concern of the CHRS Board regarding the project.