Yosemite National Park developed an environmental assessment for the construction of a duplex in the Hodgdon Meadow housing area in order to replace previously removed obsolete trailers that did not meet National Park Service (NPS) housing standards. This duplex provided new housing for two or more park employees. Hodgdon Meadow is one of three residential areas in the Mather Ranger District.
Private housing in nearby communities is very limited, and Mather District employees face a shortage of adequate housing. The new duplex helped Yosemite address this housing shortage and provided a type of housing that meets National Park Service standards for safety, economy, and quality.
Yosemite National Park identified Hodgdon Meadow as an appropriate area for residential and administrative facilities development in the 1980 General Management Plan. However, this project id not expand housing capacity at Hodgdon Meadow, as it replaced substandard units that were included in the housing inventory in 1980.
The new duplex is energy-efficient, bear-proof, affordable to maintain, and matches the architectural style of the other Hodgdon Meadow buildings.
Incorporating input from park staff and the public, Yosemite selected a preferred construction site for the new Hodgdon duplex. The previously-disturbed site was the former location of a trailer used for employee housing, and does not expand the developed footprint of the housing area. The duplex used an existing design from the National Park Service "Prototype Design Guidelines for Trailer Replacement" and is a conventional, stick-frame structure on a slab foundation. Soil will need to be excavated to prepare the site for the foundation, the amount of which will depend on the chosen design. This planning effort was completed in September 2007.
Last updated: February 10, 2020