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Release No: 678-97
December 12, 1997

NAVY ISSUES RECORD OF DECISION FOR REUSE OF NAVAL STATION SAND POINT SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

At a ceremony in Seattle today, the Department of the Navy presented the Record Of Decision (ROD) concerning the disposal and reuse of Naval Station Puget Sound at Sand Point, Seattle, Washington, to Seattle Mayor Norman B. Rice. On behalf of the Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy William J. Cassidy, Jr. presented the environmental document to Mayor Rice at a ceremony at the closed base at Sand Point.

The Record Of Decision is the final step in the environmental evaluation process established by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). NEPA requires Federal agencies such as the Department of the Navy to consider the impact that major Federal actions, such as disposal and reuse of the Naval Station, may have on the environment.

The ROD is the Navy's decision to dispose of the Naval Station property in a manner that is consistent with the Reuse Plan proposed by the City of Seattle and is in keeping with the Department of Defense's community-based reuse objectives. The Department of the Navy has concluded that the City of Seattle's proposed redevelopment of the Naval property will enhance community and cultural resources, provide housing for the homeless, and ensure land uses that are compatible with surrounding properties. The Record Of Decision is an environmental document. It does not convey the Naval Station property. Conveyance, or transfer of title, of the Naval property is a separate matter that will be undertaken later in discussions between the Department of the Navy and the City of Seattle.

The Naval Station Record Of Decision represents the highly successful coordinated efforts of Mayor Norman Rice on behalf of the City of Seattle, the Seattle City Council, and the Department of the Navy. It is a significant step in the base closure process in that it allows the local communities to begin long term redevelopment and highlights the Navy's commitment to redevelopment of base closure sites.