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Categorical Exclusions

​​​​To further transparency and openness in its implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, the Presidio Trust documents its Categorical Exclusion (CE) determinations involving the categories of actions identified in Section 1010.7 of the Trust’s NEPA regulations. The CE database may be searched by planning district, project type, CE applied, or the year initiated.​​ The database is updated approximately monthly. For additional information on the Trust’s NEPA compliance program, email N2@presidiotrust.gov.
 
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Project Description
Project Number20-055
Project NameChristmas Tree Sales at Palace of Fine Arts Parking Lot
Planning DistrictCrissy Field
Project TypeSpecial Events
CE AppliedSpecial events, public assemblies, and meetings
CE Date9/28/2020
Project Description
The Trust is authorizing the Educated Tree LLC (permittee) to use the Palace of Fine Arts Parking Lot for the open air sale of Christmas trees from the middle of November through December. The hours of operation will be limited to 9 am to 9 pm daily. Adequate portable toilets (five percent ADA accessible) will be provided to serve the needs of the anticipated attendees. The permittee will comply with all directions, requirements, or restrictions from Trust staff and Fire Marshall, and United States Park Police. Parking will be in designated areas only. No music or amplified sound will be emitted which violates the Trust’s noise regulation. All lighting will be contained. The premises will be cleared of any associated structures, and all waste and trash will be collected and removed, and composted and recycled as appropriate.
 
Project Number20-050
Project NameFormer Commissary Building 610/Parking Lot Improvements
Planning DistrictCrissy Field
Project TypeLandscaping/Site Work
CE AppliedLandscaping and landscape maintenance
CE Date9/23/2020
Project Description
The former Commissary (non-historic building 610 currently occupied by Sports Basement) parking lot is visually intrusive, overaccommodates parking demand, and consumes 3.7 acres of high value open space. This project will redesign the parking lot and modify the building to enhance the site’s visual character, create a more inviting and pedestrian-friendly environment, and add to the area’s overall environmental health while maintaining sufficient parking supply for nearby users. Approximately 2.4 acres of the existing parking lot will be replaced with a new turf meadow and other landscape features. The meadow will be ringed by group and family-scaled picnic areas, seating and a network of paths. New landscaping will feature native dune scrub and drought-tolerant non-native plantings. Parking for approximately 96 vehicles will be retained on the southern third of the project site and approximately 45 new parking spaces will be provided along the north side of the building and in the footprint of the approximately 5,000 square-foot, former Commissary’s refrigerator wing (non-historic building 653), which will be demolished. Modifications to building 610 include reorienting the building’s entrance from the east to the north side of the building facing Mason Street, expanding the public restrooms, and other select interior tenant improvements.
 
Project Number20-053
Project NameBuildings 681, 682 and 683 Tenant Improvement
Planning DistrictCrissy Field
Project TypeRehabilitation/TI
CE AppliedRehabilitation or improvement of historic properties
CE Date9/14/2020
Project Description
Hamlin School (tenant) will make improvements to facilitate school use in historic buildings 681, 682 and 683 (1903-1923, Barracks). Interior work will include installation of resilient flooring with integral cove base in the first-floor kitchen, select installation of code-compliant door hardware, and removal of non-historic storefront assemblies. Exterior work will include the installation of temporary fencing and free-standing planters to delineate a code-required outdoor use area.
 
Project Number20-052
Project NameFlexible Spaces Program
Planning DistrictPresidio-wide
Project TypeSpecial Events
CE AppliedSpecial events, public assemblies, and meetings
CE Date8/31/2020
Project Description
As it is safer to do business outside during the coronavirus outbreak, the Trust is creating more flexible options for Presidio businesses and organizations to operate successfully by using the Presidio’s open space. Businesses will be allowed to temporarily reopen or expand into nearby sidewalks, parking lanes and other outdoor areas for activities that are allowed under the City and County of San Francisco phased reopening plan. The program is meant to support the economic recovery while keeping residents, visitors and staff healthy and safe and balancing broader public access to the park. Such activities may include dining, retail sales, fitness and/or educational classes, summer camps, and school graduations or other events. Best practices and public health guidance will be followed to use open space, including complying with the Trust’s COVID-19 emergency order (project 20-041), following physical distancing protocols, and keeping the spaces accessible. Individual businesses must apply for special use permits to ensure compliance with Trust requirements.
 
Project Number20-054
Project NamePresidio Golf Course Driving Range Shed
Planning DistrictSouth Hills
Project TypeGolf Course
CE AppliedReplacement of minor structures and facilities
CE Date8/27/2020
Project Description
The existing 10-foot by 10-foot, prefabricated driving range shed that houses ball dispensers for customers needs replacement. A new 10-foot by 12-foot shed will be bolted onto a newly poured concrete pad on the northwest side of the current structure. The shed will be painted forest green to match existing maintenance structures, and the old shed will be demolished and removed. Approximately 800 feet of buried electrical conduit will be extended to building 315 and new electrical breakers will be installed to bring the equipment to modern code.
 
Project Number20-051
Project NamePresidio Golf Course Parking Lot Lighting Upgrades
Planning DistrictSouth Hills
Project TypeGolf Course
CE AppliedReplacement of minor structures and facilities
CE Date8/12/2020
Project Description
The golf course parking lot currently has 15 lights (13 double-headed and 2 single-headed) that are about 20 years old with rusting poles and outdated fixtures. This project will replace the 15-foot high poles with 20-foot high poles to achieve better lighting uniformity across the lot and reduce the number of fixtures required. The poles will be outfitted with fixtures that are full cut-off (no uplight), low-electrical use, long lasting LED, which have been used elsewhere in the park. The layout of the lights is based on the manufacturer’s photometric calculations and meets the Trust’s general guidelines used for parking lots. The condition of the existing concrete bases will be verified for potential reuse.
 
Project Number20-048
Project NameCovid-19 Health and Safety Measures Installation at Commercial Tenant Buildings
Planning DistrictPresidio-wide
Project TypeRehabilitation/TI
CE AppliedImprovements to meet disabled access requirements
CE Date7/31/2020
Project Description
In response to the COVID-19 Emergency, the Trust (via Riverrock) will install several health and safety measures in multi-tenant commercial buildings with shared areas (including but not limited to Buildings 37, 86, 87, 101, 220, 572, 1202, 1806, and 1808). Measures include signage and hand sanitizer stations. Signage placed throughout the buildings will advise limited occupancies of common areas to accommodate for social distancing. Signage will provide social distancing, face covering, and hand washing instructions and reminders. Free standing hand sanitizer stations will be installed in shared areas.
 
Project Number20-049
Project NameCOVID-19 Health and Safety Measures Installation at Presidio Hotels
Planning DistrictMain Post
Project TypeRehabilitation/TI
CE AppliedImprovements to meet disabled access requirements
CE Date7/31/2020
Project Description
The Presidio Lodge in historic building 105 (Barracks, 1897) and The Inn at The Presidio in historic building 42 (Barracks, 1903) will implement COVID-19 health and safety measures in preparation for re-opening to the public. Plexi-glass sneeze guards and social distancing signage will be installed inside hotel common areas. An automatic door opener will be installed on the front door of The Lodge consistent with the existing door opener at The Inn to allow less contact entering the building. A push button will located outside and the door opener will be located above the door on the interior of the building.
 
Project Number20-044
Project NameMountain Lake Overflow Pipeline Repair
Planning DistrictSouth Hills
Project TypeInfrastructure
CE AppliedUpgrading or adding utilities
CE Date7/9/2020
Project Description
This project will construct a new overflow structure on the west side of Mountain Lake along Highway 1 before it discharges into a downstream overflow pipeline, which is in disrepair and will be rehabilitated. The new overflow structure will allow the Trust to control and maintain the lake water level to protect the lake’s ecosystem and City and Caltrans assets (namely, Mountain Lake Park and Park Presidio, respectively). The overflow pipeline conveys flows out to a San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) junction known as the Volcano Structure in Lobos Creek Valley (Area A), then to the SFPUC Richmond Transport, and finally to the SFPUC Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plant. Drainage conveyance in the overflow pipe will be improved by rehabilitating approximately 1,700 linear feet of existing pipe in poor condition by using both cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) rehabilitation and pipe bursting from the inlet at Mountain Lake to the vicinity of the Volcano Structure. Pipeline repair operations will require temporary site access through Lobos Creek Valley that contains dune habitat occupied by the endangered San Francisco lessingia (consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concluded with a “no jeopardy” biological opinion). Upon project completion, Caltrans will eliminate Highway 1 runoff discharges into Mountain Lake by decommissioning the existing outfalls that drain highway runoff into the west bank of Mountain Lake and connecting the Highway 1 drainage system directly to the upgraded overflow pipe. Stormwater runoff from Highway 1 has historically caused pollution, sedimentation and erosion problems at Mountain Lake and this project will ultimately complete the environmental remediation work that has been done at Mountain Lake.
 
Project Number20-047
Project NameBuilding 1170 Tenant Improvement
Planning DistrictLetterman
Project TypeRehabilitation/TI
CE AppliedRehabilitation or improvement of historic properties
CE Date7/8/2020
Project Description
Inclusive Capital Partners (tenant) will make improvements in historic building 1170 (1919) of the recently rehabilitated Gorgas Warehouses (project 19-047)  to accommodate office use. A new partition wall will separate the west end of the building to create a sub-tenant space and a shared corridor for restroom access. Ten enclosed office spaces, two conference rooms and a break room will be constructed along the perimeter of the warehouse. The height and glazing of enclosed offices will retain the sense of open space characteristic of the warehouse. New ductwork will be completed to service the enclosed spaces. The tenant will occupy building 572 until work is completed.
 
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