GSA to host public scoping meeting for Land Port of Entry expansion in Grand Portage
GRAND PORTAGE, Minn. – In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) will host a public scoping meeting in support of the development of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement to address the expansion and modernization of the Land Port of Entry (LPOE) project planned in Grand Portage, Minnesota.
The public is invited to attend the meeting on Thursday, Oct. 5, from 5-7 p.m. CT, in person at the Grand Portage Welcome Center at 9393 E, MN-61 in Grand Portage, Minnesota, or virtually at https://us06web.zoom.us/j/889-543-66939?pwd=WDZXQTc2dDM3UUtYc3pyN0FVS1lNUT09.
The LPOE in Grand Portage is owned and managed by GSA and operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP). This facility serves as the port of entry to travelers crossing the Pigeon River International Bridge that connects to the town of Neebing, Ontario, Canada. CBP currently inspects non-commercial and commercial vehicles, as well as pedestrians and bicyclists, at the LPOE. The expansion project will have five lanes and officer inspection booths for each lane, enhancing officer safety and security and enabling CBP to process border traffic more efficiently. The new, modern and energy-efficient facility will meet the federal government’s mission requirements, enhance safety and security, and improve customer service to travelers.
This meeting will present project information and solicit public input on the proposed work. That input will help determine the scope and content of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement.The Draft Environmental Impact Statement will examine the impacts on human, natural, and cultural environments from potential improvements at the LPOE, including expanding the site, demolition, and new construction.
The in-person meeting will begin with an open house format from 5-5:30 p.m. CT. The hybrid in-person and virtual meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. CT, with a presentation of the project and the environmental review process, followed by a public comment session, in which both in-person and virtual attendees may participate. Afterward, there will be an open house until 7 p.m. CT.
Members of the public may also submit written comments via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments must be received by Sunday, Oct. 22, and include “Grand Portage LPOE EIS Scoping Comment” in the subject line.
What: Draft Environmental Impact Statement Public Scoping Meeting.
When: Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023, from 5-7 p.m. CT.
Where: Grand Portage Welcome Center, 9393 E, MN-61, Grand Portage, Minnesota.
Who: General public.
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