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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.
to Title 49, United States Code, § 47106(c)(1)(A), notice was 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. An Environmental Assessment
under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of the economic,
social, and environmental impacts of the proposed project has been
Potential impacts and mitigation measures to wetlands and associated
waters of the U.S. are described in the 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 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
fulfilled any consultation requirements under Section 106, if any
impacts to historic or cultural resources are identified.
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