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Courthouse Environmental Assessment Nears Completion

DES MOINES—The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) plans to issue the draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the new Des Moines Federal Courthouse for public review and comment in July.

The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 requires that the government conduct an evaluation of the impacts of each course of action associated with a planned federal action, in this case the construction of the new federal courthouse in Des Moines.  

“Information on where copies of the EA can be obtained will be made available to the public,” said Kevin Rothmier, acting Public Buildings Service regional commissioner for GSA’s Heartland Region.

Sites being evaluated are listed here in no particular order:

  • An area bounded on the North by E. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, on the south by Scott Avenue, on the east by SE 4th St, and on the west by the Des Moines River.
  • An area north of E. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, south of the railroad tracks, bounded on the east by SE 4th St, on the west by the Des Moines River, and excluding the block bounded by the railroad tracks, SE 3rd, SE 4th, and E. Market.
  • 110 East Court Avenue.
  • 101 Locust Street.

Once site selection is complete, GSA will work with the selected architect to begin the design process.