Welcome to the Department of the Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, website supporting the
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Multiple Projects in Support of Marine
Barracks Washington (MBW), D.C.
UPDATE: PREFERRED ALTERNATIVE IDENTIFIED
The Marine Corps is pleased to announce the identification of Alternative 5 (Site E)
as the preferred alternative for the replacement Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (BEQ)
Complex as analyzed in the EIS. Under Alternative 5, the replacement BEQ Complex
and support facilities would be constructed at the MBW Annex and the associated
parking requirement would be met by retaining the existing below-grade parking at
The Draft EIS comment period concluded on May 26, 2015. The Marine Corps received
comments from 14 agencies and individuals, most of which indicated a preference for
one of the two alternatives that would construct the BEQ Replacement Complex on
Department of Defense-owned land (Alternative 4 - Site D at the Washington Navy Yard
or Alternative 5 - Site E at the MBW Annex). The Marine Corps identified Alternative
5 as the preferred alternative based on this agency and public input, as well as its
proximity to the MBW Main Post and Annex, the elimination of the need for land
acquisition, and the mitigatable environmental impacts of locating the replacement
BEQ Complex at this site.
The Final EIS is anticipated to be available for public review in the fall of 2015,
with a Record of Decision anticipated in early 2016.
Descriptions of the EIS alternative sites can be found
Scope of the EIS
The Draft EIS for Multiple Projects in Support of MBW addresses several proposed
construction, repair, and renovation projects that would be implemented within
an approximate 5-year planning horizon (2016-2021) including:
- interior renovations and improvements to Building 7 at MBW;
- upgrades to the existing MBW Annex gate at the corner of 7th and K Streets SE;
- improvements to building facades, fencing, infrastructure, pedestrian amenities,
and landscaping throughout the installation; and
- replacement of the Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (BEQ) and support facilities currently
housed in MBW Building 20.
The Draft EIS also provides a less detailed analysis of the potential effects of
several additional projects likely to occur beyond the 5-year planning horizon.
- the potential reuse of the Building 20 site,
- interior renovations to Building 9; and,
- additional landscaping and maintenance projects.
The Department of the Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, is the official sponsor of this
project website. Questions regarding its content may be directed to the MBW Public
Affairs Officer, Capt. Diann Rosenfeld, at (202) 433-6660.
Last Updated on April 10, 2015
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