NIH To Release Details On Master Plan

NIH Campus, BethesdaThe National Institutes of Health is expected to publish proposed environmental and traffic requirements on Friday for improvements to its growing Bethesda campus.

The NIH Bethesda Campus Master Plan will bring a host of projects, including building renovations, a new administration building and intersection improvements to accommodate a projected 3,000 employee increase over the next 20 years.

Eventually, NIH plans to add a new north gate on Cedar Lane. NIH is already the largest employer in Montgomery County with an estimated 20,262 on its 310-acre campus.

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is expected to be published Friday on the Federal Register. That will kick off a 60-day comment period in which NIH will take observations and complaints about its proposed environmental and traffic mitigation.

NIH is also hosting a public meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8 at Little Falls Library (5501 Massachusetts Ave.). During the meeting, NIH officials will take comments about the Draft EIS.

The comment period will end on May 23, 2014.

Comments can be sent to Valerie Nottingham, Division of Environmental Protection, National Institutes of Health, Building 13, Room 2S11, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892 or e-mailed to nihnepa[at]mail[dot]nih[dot]gov. Questions regarding the meeting can be directed to Mark Radtke, Environmental Protection Specialist, Division of Environmental Protection, National Institutes of Health, 301-496-7775. Questions about the meeting can also be sent via e-mail to the same address above.

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