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Contact: Daphne Yun, 718-354-4602
Superintendent Jennifer T. Nersesian announced today the next step toward completing the Relocation of Hurricane Sandy Damaged Maintenance Facilities to More Sustainable Locations within the Staten Island Unit: a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Preferred Alternative has been signed by the NPS Regional Director and is now available online.
The NPS selected the Preferred Alternative, for implementation as described in the FONSI. The NPS will construct the facility to be resilient to extreme weather conditions, such as high wind speeds and excessive salt spray. Hurricane-resistant construction techniques will be used to address the latest NPS guidance regarding climate change and natural hazards in facility planning. The NPS will also incorporate energy efficient heating, air conditioning, and lighting systems into the facility design. The FONSI explains why the Selected Alternative will have no significant effects on the human environment. It is based on the environmental assessment and the comments received from the public, agencies and staff during the public review period, which concluded June 26, 2015. Comments received expressed support for the selected action. No changes were made to the environmental assessment or the selected alternative as a result of these comments.
The purpose of the project is to make the Staten Island Unit maintenance facilities resilient to coastal storm surges and flooding through relocation to more sustainable locations out of the 100-year floodplain and reusing and/or repurposing some existing facilities to improve the efficiency of park maintenance and recovery operations.