Q. What is the WNY land exchange?
A. The Navy is obtaining approximately 6.33 acres of land at the SEFC adjacent to the northwest perimeter of the WNY to improve the overall antiterrorism posture of the WNY via a land exchange. The land exchange agreement includes the exchange of the SEFC E Parcels for the WNY Southeast Corner, private development on the WNY SE corner and upgrades at the WNY provided by the developer as in-kind considerations.
Q. What is the status of the land exchange?
A. The Record of Decision (ROD) has been signed completing the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) requirements. There are still some regulatory approvals required and final negotiations before closing. We expect to close on the agreement sometime early 2024.
Q. Where can we obtain the land exchange agreement?
A. For releasable information on the land exchange contact the Naval District Washington Public Affairs officer.
Q. Where can I get more details on the proposed action and alternatives?
A. Additional information can be found at the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) webpage HERE
Q. What kind of in-kind consideration?
A. In-kind considerations may include construction or maintenance of Navy real property. In-kind considerations from the developer could include upgrades to the Riverwalk and Piers, projects which would benefit the Navy and the local community.
Q. When will the WNY Land Exchange be consummated?
A. The deal is scheduled to close some time shortly after 1 October 2023, pending a signed Record of Decision (ROD) under NEPA.
Q. What is the Navy planning for the newly acquired land?
A. The Navy has proposed enabling the Navy Museum Foundation to build a new flagship U.S. Navy Museum on the new site.
Q. Is the O St. Gate going to close?
A. Not permanently. There will be some impacts as construction begins to modify the existing gate, but it will be redesigned to allow traffic flow for people working at the WNY and ingress/egress to the new private sector development.
Q. When is the O St. Gate redevelopment going to start?
A. Estimated modification of the O St. Gate begins December 2024.
Q. What WNY buildings are impacted (outside the fenceline)?
A. B386 (garage – will remain on WNY ideally with 2-3 additional floors; however, plans are tentative),
B405 (garage) WNY will transfer to the developer, but the Navy will retain several hundred shared spaces for future use post-construction.
B166 (security) WNY will transfer to a developer.
B70/B154/B68 (Coldwar Gallery), WNY will lose
B218 (Navy Federal) – moving to 184 (former Dunkin Donuts) WNY will lose
B211 (Catering Center) – WNY will lose
Q. How many tenant moves/relocations will result from the LEA?
A. The LEA will require several tenant commands to relocate to a different location on the WNY. NSA Washington is developing a plan for the relocations and will work with tenant commands on their respective new locations.
Q. When will tenant command relocations/moves start taking place?
A. The final tenant relocation plan is under review. Once approved, there will be a phased implementation. The first tenant relocation most likely will be moving Public Works out of B166, so they can get settled quickly and be available to facilitate the rest of the moves.
NSAW’s desire is to have B166 vacant by December 2023, with the exception of the NSAW Security Department. They will remain in place until June 2025.
Q. Will any tenant commands be required to move away from WNY as a result of the land exchange?
A. No. No commands will be required to move off of the Navy Yard.
Q. How will the land exchange impact parking on WNY?
A. The plan is to end up with as many parking spaces as there are currently, or as close as possible, but it will take some time. This will be accomplished by demolishing and replacing parking garage B386 in 2027. The plan is to add additional levels of new parking to make up for some surface parking that will be lost due to the land exchange. In addition, current plans are for the developer to add two additional floors to Garage B405. At the end of the land exchange and construction process, the goal is for the Navy to have as close to the original number of parking spots as possible. There will not be a time when both garages mentioned above are out of service. The Navy is looking at leasing nearby parking to replace lost spaces while construction is underway over the next several years. No construction is planned to begin until around 1 January 2025 (with the exception of modifications to the O Street gate.
Q. What are the developer plans for the exchanged land?
A. The developer plans to build a mixed use development, including residential, retail and office. Additional information on developer plans will be available at a later date.
Q. How does the land exchange impact security on WNY?
A. NSAW and NDW Security Teams are reviewing the changes resulting from the land exchange to assess impact to the installation. The goal is to maintain the same level of security and access control that currently exists at the Navy Yard.
Q. Are there any planned improvements to any WNY buildings as a result of the LEA?
A. There will be various improvements to WNY buildings and other assets via an In-Kind Consideration (IKC) method. The NDW Commandant, with recommendations provided by the Regional Engineer, and the NSA Washington Commanding Officer will decide how, when and where those IKC projects will be prioritized.
Q. Will there be a new perimeter established around the SE corner of WNY?
Yes. The design and location of this new perimeter is under review by NSAW and NDW Security Teams. The new perimeter will include several new turnstiles to provide easy access for WNY personnel to the new private sector development.
Q. Where are we in the process?
A. No decision will be made until the Navy signs a Record of Decision (ROD), completing the NEPA process.
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