Section 106 Review Process

Public Notice

Brooklyn Navy Yard Corporation

PUBLIC NOTICE

Regarding the Initiation of the Section 106 Review Process for an Adverse Effect

Located within the Brooklyn Navy Yard Historic District

Brooklyn, New York

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security-Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS-FEMA) proposes to provide federal funding to Brooklyn Navy Yard Corporation (BNYC), as Subgrantee, to enhance resiliency of the working navy yard dry docks. Funding would be provided through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, in accordance with Section 404 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. 5172), as amended. The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (NYSDHSES) is the Grantee. 

This public notice is issued as part of DHS-FEMA’s responsibilities under 36 C.F.R. Part 800, the regulations which implement Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966, as amended, 16 U.S.C.§ 470. DHS-FEMA, as funding agency, is required by regulation to identify and assess the effects of any proposed actions on historic properties. If any proposed undertaking will have an adverse effect on historic resources, FEMA works with the appropriate parties to seek ways to avoid and minimize, or mitigate any adverse effects. Additionally, the Section 106 regulations require FEMA to consider the views of the public on preservation issues when making final decisions that affect historic properties. 

BNYC proposes the demolition(s) of Substation G (a.k.a. Building #386), located off of Market Street between Dry Dock #5 and Dry Dock #6 (40.7009, -73.9695) and Pumpwell #124 Shed (a.k.a. Motor Generator House and is the housing facility for the pumping equipment for Dry Dock #1), located off of Dock Street (40.7008, -73.9763). Both structures are within the Brooklyn Navy Yard complex and within the Brooklyn Navy Yard Historic District (13NR06474).

Both structures, Substation G and Pumpwell #124, are listed as contributing resources to Brooklyn Navy Yard Historic District which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

FEMA funded work for Substation G includes the demolition of Substation G, the removal of the existing concrete foundation, driving of piles, and the installation of elevated steel platforms within the existing footprint of the substation which will house new out-door rated mechanical equipment. The new platform will be above the base flood elevation (BFE) and will include the installation of new drainage, security fencing, emergency lighting and lightening protection. The FEMA funded work for Pumpwell #124 includes the demolition of the existing Motor Generator House, construction of a circular floodwall above the BFE using the existing pumpwell as a foundation, construction of a concrete platform and shed on top of the new wall and installation of the electrical panels and associated equipment needed for the pumpwell machinery. Work also includes the replacement of damaged dewatering equipment in the pumpwell and the application of the Secretary of Interior Standards for the repointing of the pumpwell mortar joints. The final design of both proposal(s) will be determined after an engineering study is completed.

The New York State Historic Preservation Office (NY-SHPO), through a letter dated May 7, 2015, has stated their concurrence with FEMA’s finding that the demolition of these two structures constitutes an Adverse Effect to Historic Properties.

This notice is seeking public input on this project and would appreciate comments reflecting any knowledge of, or concerns with, historic properties in the proposed project area. The comment period for the proposed Undertaking detailed above will end 15 days from the date of this publication or from the posting of this notice on the BNYDC website, brooklynnavyyard.org and in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, which ever date is later. Written comments on the proposed adverse effects can be mailed to FEMA 4085, 118-35 Queens Boulevard, Forest Hills, NY 11375 or emailed to Fema-4085-Comment@fema.dhs.gov.  If no substantive comments are received, FEMA will move forward with the Section 106 Adverse Effect process.