AF Academy Invites Public Comment on Visitor Center Hotel Construction Plan
By Personal Writer | US Air Force Academy Public Affairs
US AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colorado — The 10th Civil Engineer Squadron has issued a public notice inviting the public to comment on the construction plan for the new U.S. Air Force Academy Welcome Center hotel.
The notice reads as follows:
Notice of Availability, USAFA Cultural Resource Management, New Visitor Center Hotel
“The Academy’s built and natural environment includes many historic properties subject to the compliance requirements of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966, as amended. Where undertakings planned to support the mission of the Academy are likely to impact these properties, Section 106 of the NHPA requires the Academy to work with various stakeholders. This process also includes raising public awareness so that they have the opportunity to express their point of view. General information about the NHPA and the role of the public is available at https://www.achp.gov/sites/default/files/documents/2021-01/CitizenGuide2021_011321.pdf.
“The Academy has planning underway related to Section 106 for planned construction for the TrueNorth Commons/Gateway Visitor Center Project near the Academy’s North Gate off I-25. The hotel development phase of the Project appears to have the potential for adverse effects on two historic properties, a proposed USAFA-wide National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) District, designated 5EP.595, regarding landscape associated with the Academy’s original design by Skidmore architectural firm Owens & Merrill; and the Cadet Area National Historic Landmark (5EP.4680, listed in the NRHP on April 1, 2004).
Both of these historic properties may experience indirect adverse effects, such as view-related impacts, from the project hotel regarding:
(1) the height and massing of the proposed hotel complex,
(2) the projected exterior lighting of the hotel complex, and
(3) proposed exterior construction materials for the resort.
“The Academy has developed a draft plan to address these adverse effects by avoiding, minimizing and/or mitigating the expected impacts. The final plan would become an amendment to the project’s Section 106 Programmatic Agreement (PA) produced in 2019.
“This amendment to the Project PA is at a draft stage where public views are welcome. Comments or questions, including requests for a copy of the draft changes, can be directed to the email address [email protected] with the subject line indicating “ATTN CR Manager” or by regular mail to “ATTN CR Manager, 10 CES/CENP, 8120 Edgerton Drive, USAFA, CO 80840”. Please send communications, if any, within 30 calendar days of the publication of this announcement.
The 10th CES manages the Academy’s built and natural environments with respect for heritage, sustained excellence of facilities, and with a focus on the Academy’s future infrastructure.