Temporary Modular Buildings on Liberty Island

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NPS is proposing to construct four (4) modular buildings within the non-public area of Liberty Island. These modular buildings are expected to be on the Island for approximately five years.

The proposal would be completed in two phases. Phase 1 would construct two prefabricated buildings on the lawn north of the flagpole plaza and east of the housing court. These buildings would be 480 sq. ft. each (20 feet by 24 feet) and used as men and women's locker and shower rooms. The buildings would not be on foundations or slabs. Utilities sewer water electric and other utilities would run above ground or through existing conduits. These buildings would remain in place 9 months to a year. Once the housing units were demolished, these buildings would move to the less visible housing court area. Phase 2 would move the original two prefabricated buildings to the employee housing court and add two additional 480 sq. ft. buildings. All buildings would have concrete slab foundations since these are expected to stay in place approximately five years. Existing utility hook ups would be utilized. After the buildings are removed the area would be restored to lawn.

Because the buildings will be constructed within the 100-year floodplain, NPS had prepaired a statement of findings in accordance with Executive Order 11988 (Floodplain management). The objective of E.O. 11988 is to avoid, to the extent possible, the long- and short-term adverse impacts associated with the occupancy and modification of floodplains and to avoid direct or indirect support of floodplain development wherever there is a practicable alternative. NPS Director's Order #77-2 and Floodplain Management and Procedural Manual #77-2 provide NPS policies and procedures for complying with E.O. 11988. This Statement of Findings (SOF) documents compliance

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