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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.

Environmental Assessment

Pursuant 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 prepared.

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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Listed below is the final Environmental Assessment. 
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The City of New Orleans (Sponsor) by and through the New Orleans Aviation Board (NOAB) prepared an Environmental Assessment (2013 EA) for the implementation of the Long-Term Airport Development at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) accepted that 2013 EA as a Federal document and based its December 2013 Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Long-Term Airport Development on that EA. The 2013 EA identified the Northside Alternative as the Proposed Action and FAA’s Preferred Alternative. Since the approval of the FONSI, the Sponsor has made some planning and design changes that will modify the Proposed Action. As a result, and in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Sponsor prepared a Supplemental EA to discuss those changes and their environmental effects. The Final Supplemental EA, Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and Record of Decision are now available to the public for review for the Terminal Replacement Project. Copies of the Final Supplemental EA, FONSI and Record of Decision are available for review at below and at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, 3rd Floor Administrative Office, 900 Airline Drive, Kenner, LA 70062.

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