Notice of Public Comment

The District Council 37 Building, a.k.a. the World-Telegram Building, 125 Barclay Street, NY, NY, was determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) under Criterion A for its relationship to the New York City news media industry and Criterion C as an example of the Art Deco architecture (New York State Historic Preservation Office (NYSHPO) Ref. No.: 06101.019047). FEMA will provide Public Assistance grant funding under DR-4085 Sandy New York as part of the proposed project. As such, FEMA must consider effects to historic properties under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). Proposed exterior building renovations (the Undertaking) at the DC 37 Building include removal of distinctive façade elements such as brick masonry, windows, and architectural detailing to be replaced with a glass curtain wall design. Based on the building’s NRHP eligibility, FEMA determined with NYSHPO concurrence that the proposed work would constitute an Adverse Effect to Historic Properties.

This notice is seeking public input and comments on this proposed project reflecting any knowledge of, or concerns with, this historic property or those within the proposed project area. The comment period for the proposed Undertaking detailed above will end 15 days from the date of this publication or from the posting of this notice in Our Town Downtown, and our DC37 Website, whichever date is later. Written comments can be mailed to: DHS-FEMA Region 2, Office of Environmental Planning & Historic Preservation, 26 Federal Plaza, Suite 1802, NY, NY 10278-0002 or via email, at FEMAR2COMMENT@fema.dhs.gov. If no substantive comments are received, FEMA will proceed with the Section 106 Adverse Effect process outlined under the NHPA.

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