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Contact: Carla Beasley
Superintendent Mary Risser announced that Intermountain Regional Director Mike Snyder signed the record of decision for the Final Environmental Impact Statement / Assessment of Effects for the Quarry Visitor Center Treatment Project (FEIS) in September.
“This is one of the last steps in the lengthy compliance process to rehabilitate the Quarry Visitor Center,” said Superintendent Mary Risser. “The Record of Decision (or a summary) will be published in the Federal Register. Because the Quarry Visitor Center was a national historic landmark, the park also signed a memorandum of agreement with the Utah State Historic Preservation Officer and the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation about the treatment of the building.
“We will now be able to move forward with design and construction drawings – a process that typically takes about a year to accomplish,” Risser continued. “That way we will have everything is place as soon as we receive construction funds, which are currently scheduled for 2011.”
On July 12, 2006, the National Park Service (NPS) found it necessary to close the Quarry Visitor Center due to structural instability, which resulted from construction on expansive soils. The NPS plans to protect the fossil wall and provide access to the public by rehabilitating the existing Exhibit Hall. The other parts of the building, the Administrative Wing, South Wing, and Serpentine Entry Ramp, would be demolished. Their functions would be relocated to where the temporary visitor center now exists and a new interpretive and administrative structure would be constructed.