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FEMA: Final Public Notice

Written by James Upchurch

FINAL PUBLIC NOTICE (PDF)

FINAL PUBLIC NOTICE

St. Andrews University has applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Program funding through North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) as a sub- recipient.

 

Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) ,federal actions must be reviewed and evaluated for feasible alternatives and for social, economic, historic, environmental, legal, and safety considerations. Under Executive Order (EO) 11988 and EO 11990, FEMA is required to consider alternatives, and to provide a public notice of any proposed actions in or affecting floodplains or wetlands. EO 12898 also requires FEMA to provide the opportunity for public participation in the planning process and to consider potential impacts to minority and low-income populations. This notice may also fulfill requirements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act(NHPA).

 

Funding for the proposed project will be conditional upon compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state, and local laws, regulations, floodplain standards, permit requirements and conditions.

 

Sub-Applicant: St. Andrews University

 

Project Title: 75324: William Belk College Center | PA-04-NC-4393-PW-02153

75320: James L. Morgan Liberal Arts | PA-04-NC-4393-PW-02334

75378: Katherine Mackay Belk Bell Tower | PA-04-NC-4393-PW-02395

Location of Proposed Work:

Facility Address Latitude Longitude Date of Construction
William Belk College Center 1700 Dogwood Mile St., Laurinburg, NC 28352 34.74472 -79.48021 1961
James L. Morgan Liberal Arts 1700 Dogwood Mile St., Laurinburg, NC 28352 34.74064 -79.4814 1961
Katherine MacKay Belk Bell Tower 1700 Dogwood Mile St., Laurinburg, NC 28352 34.7411353  -79.48229 Future construction

 

Special Flood Hazard Area Zone:

 

The project is for the repairs of the exterior and interior components and implementation of flood control minimization measures of the William Belk College Center and James L. Morgan Liberal Arts. In addition, the reconstruction of the Katherine MacKay Belk Bell Tower with a new concrete platform and stairs, outside of the floodplain. All work is located in a floodplain AE zone or Unshaded X zone. Confirmation of location in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) was determined by the Scotland County Flood Insurance Rate Map, Panel Number: 3710835600J, dated 6/17/2003. The proposed work conforms to all applicable State of North Carolina and local floodplain regulations. There is a potential for the facilities to be impacted by future flooding events due to the locations within the AE zone. Theproposedworkwill not takeplaceinwetlandspertheUnitedStatesFish and Wildlife Service National Wetlands Inventory and will have little potential to impact or affect wetland values.

 

Proposed Work and Purpose:

William Belk College Center – The applicant, St. Andrews University, proposed work is to remove and replace interior and exterior building components as well as contents. The components arevinyl composite floor tiles, vinyl baseboard, drywall, wall plaster, plexiglass windows, cladding on columns, wood doors with frame, wall tiles, outlets, switches, circuit panel with breakers, transformer, HVAC split units, mechanical room pump motors, condenser units, water heater and passenger elevator. In addition, the applicant intends to implement minimization measures for flood control with the installation of flood control barriers to provide a watertight enclosure. The barrier will be 360 feet long by 4 feet high starting at the Northern side (34.744925, -79.480407), along the West wall to the Southeastern side (34.74457125, -79.479937). An additional Flood Break automatic control, located at the kitchen court area (34.7451, -79.4804) will be install along with a 5 feet high x 36 feet long face-brick reinforced concrete wall to prevent floodwater entering at this end of the building, including the installation of a pumping system for dewatering and waterproofing of the lower level of the building. The applicant identified the flood barriers will be assembled when flooding is imminent. This facility provides classrooms and offices for educational purposes.

 

James L. Morgan Liberal Arts – The applicant, St. Andrews University, proposed work is to remove and replace interior and exterior building components as well as contents. The work includes the built-up roof, gravel, insulation, vent flashings, fascia, skylights and a roof hatch, interior commercial carpet, vinyl floor tiles, vinyl base, ceramic wall tiles, acoustic ceiling tiles with track, rock lath, wood trim, gypsum board, veneer plywood, door casing, plywood stairs riser, stairs plywood rail,  stair steel handrail with oak cap, doorway header, exterior metal doors frames, truss studs, plaster on concrete walls and columns, electrical outlets, thermostatic controls, water heaters, fan coils and fluorescent lights. Replacement of the storefront wall with a new assembly, including the framing the fixed glass, the operable windows, hollow metal doors and associated hardware. Clean and repoint the brick. In addition, the applicant intends to implement minimization measures to protect the building located in a flood-prone area. The measures consist to installa removable floodwall system along the eastern side of the building (approximate location 34.741202, -79.480937 to 34.740713, -79.480621). The barrier will provide a watertight enclosure of 223 ft long by 4 feet high with a Flood Break Automatic gate located at the entrance of the welding and mechanical room, including the installation of a pump system for dewatering. The applicant identified the flood barriers will be assembled when flooding is imminent. This facility provides classrooms and offices for educational purposes.

 

Additional work at above locations – Applicant will regrade adjacent areas as necessary to route storm water away from the buildings. Minor regrading will occur at the ground level between the William Belk College Center and the Mecklenburg Hall Dormitory facilities. For the sitework, the applicant plans to remove concrete slab, excavate and haul. Built backfilling, replace concrete pavement and replace lawn. Also, regrading will occur at the parking area ground level between the James L. Morgan Liberal Arts and Morgan-Jones Science Center facilities with medium density earthwork grading and lawn replacement.

 

Katherine MacKay Belk Bell Tower – The applicant, St. Andrews University, intends to reconstruct a new tower structure outside of the floodplain. The new structure will have the same form, function and capacity as the original tower and be consistent with current codes and standards. In addition, the tower design includes the structure elevation and will be enclosedin a six-foot-high concrete platform with stairs embedded for the pedestrian’s access at ground level.The tower original site (34.74291, -79.48090) was in an AE zone an area of high risk for flood occurrence, the new site location (34.7411353, -79.48229) is in an Unshaded X zone a low risk flood area. The alternate site will place the tower within the National Register St. Andrews Presbyterian College Historic District.After hurricane Florence, it was noted concrete panels fell from the tower revealing extensive cracking and separation, causing the tower to be unstable and unsafe for execute repairs. The applicant determined the tower building presented a safety risk and was demolished in its entirely on August 2019. The purpose of Belk Bell Tower is to house one or more bells within the framework including the ringing equipment.

 

Project Alternatives:

Alternative #1 (No action): The ‘no action’ alternative may result in similar damages from future events, it would ultimately result in adverse economic and social impacts for the St. Andrews Presbyterial College academic campus and National Register Historic District.

 

Alternative #2(Relocation):The William Belk College Center andJames L. Morgan Liberal Arts existing materials, features, and spaces are essentially intact and convey the building’s historical significance; relocation would result in adverse effects of this National Register properties. The relocation of Katherine MacKay Belk Bell Tower outside of the floodplain high- risk flood occurrence area is the preferred alternative for this structure and will provide more resilience from future flood and hurricane events.

 

Comment Period:

Comments are solicited from the public; local, state or federal agencies, and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of the proposed project.The comments should be made in writing and addressedto:

 

FEMA Internal 11988 Reviewer

FEMA Region 4

3005 Chamblee-Tucker Road

Atlanta, Georgia, 30341

 

Alternatively, comments may be emailed to: FEMA-R4EHP@fema.dhs.gov. Please send comments with the subject line [DR-4393-NC-02153-02334-02395 11988 COMMENT].

 

All comments are due by no later than 30 days of the posted date of this notice.

 

POSTED ON: (9/2/20)

End of Notice