NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF DRAFT
AND PUBLIC HEARING
Pursuant to Title 49, United States Code, § 47106(c)(1)(A), notice is hereby
given that the New Orleans Aviation Board (NOAB) proposes to replace the
existing terminal building at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International
Airport. The proposed project would develop a new 30-gate terminal building with
two concourses on the north side of the Airport. New parking facilities, access
roads, and an apron area, also would be constructed. Existing airport navigational
equipment and an electrical vault would be moved. No acquisition of property
would occur. A Draft Environmental Assessment under the National Environmental
Policy Act (NEPA) of the economic, social, and environmental impacts of the
proposed project has been prepared.
Potential impacts and mitigation
measures to wetlands and associated waters of the U.S. are described in the
Draft Environmental Assessment. The proposed action also is within a 100-year
floodplain. Pursuant to FAA Order 1050.1E, Change 1, Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures, and Executive
Order 11988, Floodplain Management,
notice is given that the proposed action constitutes an encroachment into the
100-year floodplain. The potential impacts of the encroachment are described in
the Draft Environmental Assessment. While no impacts to historic or cultural
resources have been identified, consultation with the Louisiana State Historic
Preservation Officer in compliance with Section 106 of the National
Historic Preservation Act is on-going. This notice also fulfills any
consultation requirements under Section 106, if any impacts to historic or
cultural resources are identified.
Copies of the Draft Environmental
Assessment will be available for public examination for a 30-day period beginning
November 8, 2013 at the following locations:
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, 3rd Floor Administrative
Office, 900 Airline Drive, Kenner, LA 70062; North Kenner Library, 630 W.
Esplanade Ave., Kenner, LA 70065; the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International
Airport website www.flymsy.com; and the Federal
Aviation Administration, Southwest Region, 2601 Meacham Boulevard, Fort Worth,
Written comments on the information in the Draft Environmental Assessment
may be sent to EAComment@flymsy.com or addressed to: Walter Krygowski, Deputy
Director and Chief Operating Officer, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International
Airport, P.O. Box 20007, New Orleans, Louisiana 70141. Electronic and
hand-delivered comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Central
Standard Time on December 10, 2013. Mailed comments
must be postmarked no later than December 10, 2013.
Be advised that all comments received
including personal identifying information may be made publicly available at
any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review
your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able
to do so.
An informational meeting on the
Draft Environmental Assessment will be held on November 21, 2013 from
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Central Standard Time, in the NOAB Board Room
at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. A Public Hearing on
the Draft Environmental Assessment will be held on December 9, 2013 from 6:30
p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Central Standard Time, in the NOAB Board Room at the Louis
Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.
The need for a new airport terminal and ancillary development at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport has been identified for many years. This need is driven by several factors: aging infrastructure, access constraints, and operational restrictions. In August 2011, New Orleans Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu requested the New Orleans Aviation Board undertake an in-depth and robust analysis of the options for a new airport terminal facility. The requested analysis was to focus on: design, financial feasibility, environmental impact, and land use.
On April 17, 2013, the Airport announced its decision to move forward with a Long-Term Strategic Development Plan to construct a new terminal facility. Five alternatives were considered. Four of the alternatives - No Action Alternative, Refurbishment Alternative, Southside Alternative,
and Westside Alternative
- involve rehabilitation or new construction on the southeast side of the Airport on or near the current terminal location. The preferred alternative is the Northside Alternative
located on the northeast side of the Airport property.
As shown above, the proposed new terminal facilities will be located within the existing Airport property boundary. The Airport will not need to purchase any property to construct the terminal facilities. Additionally, the existing neighborhood to the north is buffered from the new construction by an existing light industrial zone. The Airport also will address any drainage concerns in the design of the improvements. The North Alternative is expected to have a positive economic impact for the City of Kenner, the surrounding community and region as a whole. It has the greatest potential of creating the most jobs and potential to improve property values by attracting new investment along the Veterans corridor. Similarly, there will be opportunity for business growth and development on the south side of the Airport with the re-use of existing terminal facilities and room for establishment of new businesses.
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