Currently, 100 government-owned homes and associated buildings remain in the Air Force inventory at Wright-Patterson AFB, including 89 historic National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) listed Brick Quarters housing units built in 1934-1937, and the Foulois House constructed in 1874. Environmental studies and impact analysis evaluates options for conveyance, use/reuse and demolition for these last remaining WPAFB non-privatized homes. Such an action requires compliance with both NEPA and the NHPA, and consideration of the views of the public.

Current Project Timeline

Key Milestones Timing
Laser Scans and BIM Model October 2014 – March 2015
Adaptive Reuse Study October 2014 – June 2016
Cultural Resource Inventory Update November 2014 – July 2015
Section 106 Consultation November 2014 – January 2020
Environmental Impact Statement September 2016 – July 2020

The NEPA and NHPA Processes

NEPA requires federal agencies to consider impacts to the environment and solicit public and agency input as federal proposals are planned and executed. NEPA implementing regulations (40 CFR 1500-1508) establish the procedural requirements to evaluate and consider the environmental impacts, and solicit input from the public and other stakeholders. Specific opportunities for public and agency participation in the NEPA process will be announced on this website and include early participation (scoping), as well as an opportunity to review draft NEPA documentation. Because proposed or alternative actions developed for Wright-Patterson AFB housing could have significant effects, the Air Force has chosen to prepare an EIS for this action.     

The NHPA provides a planning process for federal agencies to consider effects of projects they carry out, approve, or fund on historic properties such as the Brick Quarters Historic District (BQHD) at Wright-Patterson AFB. Section 106 of the NHPA, with specific regulations (36 CFR Part 800), directs how this is done. Throughout the Section 106 review process, federal agencies must consider the views of the public in consultation with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP). Section 106 review encourages, but does not mandate, preservation of properties such as the BQHD.

While NHPA Section 106 regulations provide for certain NEPA procedures to be utilized "in lieu" of the procedures of Section 106, federal agencies often enact the planning processes of NHPA and NEPA to run "parallel" while acknowledging that substantial functional overlaps (and benefits thereof) occur.  That is the case for the BQHD and housing efforts where Section 106 planning has been underway for years.  In the case of the BQHD, NEPA scoping meetings and public hearings will be used to provide opportunities to share information with all project stakeholders, and to solicit input and feedback to inform decisions. However, during the execution of the Section 106 consultation process, other formal and informal meetings and discussions will occur to solicit input and to inform AF decision-makers.  These meetings support the spirit and intent of both the NHPA and NEPA.