Public Review of the Pine Island Historic District proposed employee housing renovations under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act
Climate change resiliency measures and updates required to meet Industry Committee of Energy Efficiency (ICEE) energy codes and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Life Safety Codes will be incorporated into the Repair and Rehabilitation of the housing units. These measures include the installation of standing seam metal roofs in place of the traditional gravel roofs, insulation, and fire suppression systems at the interior ceilings. Additionally, the complete upgrade to the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems requires the demolition of a substantial amount of the original interior plaster walls of the housing units.
As designed, the loss of the original historic fabric will adversely affect the historic properties' integrity of design, materials, and workmanship. Everglades National Park anticipates the finding for the proposed undertaking under the National Historic Preservation Act, Section 106, 36 CFR Part 800.5(3)(b), is an "Adverse Effect."
While the character defining features of the interior of the Pine Island Housing Units have not been formally documented, much of the original fabric and architectural integrity is intact. Architectural features of these housing units include terrazzo flooring, original open floorplans, and plaster walls. While the deteriorated historic features will be repaired rather than replaced, some replacement will be required. In these instances, the new material will visually match the old as replacement in kind where possible.
As part of the Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act consultation process, we are inviting public input on the NPS avoidance and minimization suggestions for addressing adverse effects to historic properties. A report summarizing these efforts may be accessed under "Document List".
Jaci Wells, Chief of Cultural Resources
The National Park Service (NPS) is proposing the Repair and Rehabilitation of housing units 108, 110, 112, 119, 120, 122, 123, 124, 155, 157 and 185 located in the Pine Island Administrative Housing Area of Everglades National Park (Park). The proposed repairs strive to build resiliency into these houses to better survive future hurricane events while recognizing the importance of balancing that goal with historic preservation.