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Don't Tear It Down v. General Servs. Admin.

Citation: 6 ELR 20091
No. No. 74-381, 401 F. Supp. 1194/(D.D.C., 04/23/1975)

The court dismisses this injunctive action brought to halt the General Services Administration from completing destruction of certain historically significant buildings in Washington, D.C., without first consulting with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, as required by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. The court spreads upon the record the equivocal maneuvers which enabled the GSA to cause substantial damage to the buildings before plaintiffs could secure a temporary restraining order banning further demolition. Subsequently, however, the GSA formally complied with the consultation requirements of the National Historic Preservation Act. Therefore, although defendants' acts so damaged the buildings that they were beyond salvage, the court concludes that the action is moot.

Counsel for Plaintiffs
Thomas D. Nurmi
Patrick F. J. Macrory
David Bonderman
Arnold & Porter
1229 19th St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 872-6803

Counsel for Defendants
Robert Werdig, Asst. U.S. Attorney
U.S. Courthouse
Constitution Ave. & John Marshall Pl., N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 426-7810