Remove Concession Stand at Lock 21
The National Park Service, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, proposes to remove a non-historic structure at Lock 21 (Swain's). The 12' x 16', one story, frame structure was constructed circa 1963 by the operator of a concession operation as support for his business at Lock 21. The building is not a contributing feature of the historic cultural landscape and has been vacant for three years.
The building is located along the edge of Lock 21, and is adjacent to the public parking area. The condition of the structure is deteriorating and there is no proposed use of the building for park operations. The Lock 21 area is a designated public access area, with a small gravel parking lot and pedestrian walkway connection to the park's towpath.
The structure's removal will be accomplished under an NPS contract. All structural debris will be disposed at an appropriate land fill location. Once the structure is removed, the building footprint area will be converted into additional parking spaces.
The park's Interdisciplinary Team reviewed the project for impacts to natural and cultural resources. The project does not pose any serious or long-term effects to the environmental, historical, cultural, archeological, or visual resources. It meets categorical exclusion #C.4 – Routine maintenance and repairs to cultural resources sites, structures, utilities, and grounds if the action falls under an approved Historic Structures Preservation Guide or Cyclic Maintenance Guide, or if the action would not adversely affect the cultural resource.
The project also meets the National Historic Preservation Act/Section 106 Programmatic Agreement, Streamlined Review Process #1 – Preservation Maintenance and Repair of Historic Properties – actions for retaining and preserving, protecting and maintaining, and repairing and replacing in-kind, as necessary, materials and features, consistent with the Secretary of Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation and the accompanying guidelines.
For further information about this project, please contact Chief of Resources, at 1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100, Hagerstown, MD 21740.