NATIONAL COAST GUARD MUSEUM RETAINS CONSULTING FIRM TO GUIDE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT PROCESS
NEW LONDON, CT – February 24, 2017 –The National Coast Guard Museum Association, Inc. has retained the firm of Milone & MacBroom, Inc. of Cheshire, Connecticut to provide assistance to the Museum Association in the next critical step of the regulatory process for the Museum’s downtown New London location.
Milone & MacBroom will guide the Museum Association through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, which requires federal agencies to assess the environmental effects of their proposed actions. Even though the Association is undertaking the Museum construction, its location on federally owned land triggers the NEPA process. The Supplemental NEPA Environmental Assessment, which will be developed on behalf of the United States Coast Guard, shall build upon the March 2014 Environmental Assessment associated with the acquisition of the waterfront property to assure that the proposed development complies with all federal regulations.
Under the NEPA process, environmental and related social and economic effects of the Museum construction and future operation will be reviewed, and measures will be evaluated to avoid, minimize, and mitigate adverse impacts. As part of the NEPA process, numerous opportunities will be provided for public comment. This development follows the successful public unveiling of the preliminary architectural renderings for the Museum in December 2016. The proposed concept designs were refined to address particular needs and opportunities of a building on a waterfront site. Key stakeholders from the City of New London, State of Connecticut, the U.S. Coast Guard, federal agencies and the general public will all be heard as the Museum’s final design evolves.
The National Coast Guard Museum Association has been communicating and cooperating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Coast Guard, the State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, all of which have been working together to ensure the Museum satisfies applicable environmental statutes and regulations. The NEPA process is expected to take about seven months to complete, with the final Supplemental Environmental Assessment to be submitted to the U.S. Coast Guard by September 2017.
“The retention of our NEPA consultants and delivery of the Supplemental Environmental Assessment represent the crucial next steps in moving toward construction of the Museum,” said Richard Grahn, President of the National Coast Guard Museum Association. “By coordinating these NEPA activities with our stakeholders and all those who share our interest in ensuring that the final Museum design satisfies all regulatory requirements, we can make certain that the final design reflects one of the principal missions of the U.S. Coast Guard– to protect our environment.”
“We have been thoroughly impressed with the Museum Association’s commitment to honor the waterfront history, while respecting both the physical and ecological environment of the site and its surroundings,“ said Jeanine Armstrong Gouin, P.E., Vice President of Milone & MacBroom, Inc. “We are excited to continue our connection to downtown New London.”
Milone & MacBroom is no stranger to the downtown New London area. The firm completed the July 2014 Environmental Impact Evaluation under the Connecticut Environmental Policy Act (CEPA) for the proposed pedestrian overpass that will connect the Water Street parking garage to the Museum, the adjacent Cross Sound Ferry Terminal, and active rail lines. That document was prepared under contract to the State Department of Economic and Community Development in support of $20M in state funding for the overpass. The firm has also been working with the City of New London to complete a comprehensive downtown traffic and parking study.
Milone & MacBroom is based in Cheshire, Connecticut, employing approximately 150 professionals in the fields of engineering, environmental science, landscape architecture, and community planning. The firm has an extensive background in preparing similar environmental documents and undertaking environmental compliance reviews.