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Main Hall Proposal

Union Station developers, Union Station Investco (USI), have proposed new retail plans that will alter the historic Main Hall. As a historic building owned by the federal government and listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1969, there is a federal requirement by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 that a Section 106 consultation must be carried out prior to any alterations. Currently, the proposed plans call for two oblong openings to be made on each side in the Main Hall floor just north of the Center Café. The openings, equipped with up and down escalators, would allow patrons to access new retail in the lower level area that previously housed the movie theaters (which closed in 2009). The proposed plans presented in 2010, and revised in 2011, were determined to have an adverse effect by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in June of 2012. In September of 2012, the proposed plans were modified to reflect feedback from consulting parties and to reduce the noted adverse effects. Consultation with the consulting parties as well as the public has been ongoing to avoid, minimize, or mitigate the adverse effects.

Union Station Main Hall Notification of Adverse Effect

Consulting Party Meeting, September 10, 2012

Consulting Party Meeting, July 20, 2011

Public Consultation Meeting, June 18, 2010