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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 Number20-016
Project NameLone Mountain Playground Equipment Replacement
Planning DistrictPHSH
Project TypeRecreation
CE AppliedImprovements to meet disabled access requirements
CE Date1/23/2020
Project Description
The two play structures in Lone Mountain Children’s Center’s (Lone Mountain) outdoor playground behind building 1806 do not meet current playground certification requirements. In addition, the older structure installed in 2001 is failing from wear and can no longer be repaired, as is the existing poured rubberized surface in both play areas that provides soft cushioning to prevent serious injury in the event of a fall. This project will remove/dispose of the existing equipment, install new play structures and replace the poured surface. The new structures will be comparable in size and appearance (including color palette) to the current equipment. Once installed, the new equipment will meet all safety requirements and will be formally certified by a licensed and qualified playground inspector. The work will be completed during the summer when the school will be closed.
 
Project Number20-17
Project NameBuilding 220 Suite 120A Tenant Improvements
Planning DistrictMain Post
Project TypeRehabilitation/TI
CE AppliedRehabilitation or improvement of historic properties
CE Date1/22/2020
Project Description
Obvious Ventures (tenant) within building 220 (Bakers and Cooks School and Barracks, 1939) wish to expand into suite 120A and make minor improvements to accommodate their office use. Work includes painting, new flooring and new partition walls to create new conference space. The door between suites 120 and 120A will be removed and stored onsite.
 
Project Number20-015
Project NameGorgas Rail Warehouse Complex Common Area Improvements
Planning DistrictLetterman
Project TypeRehabilitation/TI
CE AppliedRoutine maintenance and property and resource management
CE Date1/14/2020
Project Description
Following the completion of the rehabilitation at Gorgas Warehouse Complex (1919, 1940) buildings 1160, 1163, 1167, and 1170, the Trust will make minor improvements in the common areas. Minor carpentry repairs will be completed and historic photographs of the Gorgas Complex will be installed in the west lobby (between buildings 1162 and 1163) and the east lobby (between buildings 1161 and 1162). The west lobby will receive painting and carpeting. Restroom sinks, countertops, mirrors, and faucets will be removed and replaced. Security cameras will be installed in the exterior and interior of the common lobby areas.
 
Project Number20-014
Project NameTechnologically-Assisted Physical Surveillance Policy
Planning DistrictPresidio-wide
Project TypeMiscellaneous
CE AppliedVisitor activity or program changes
CE Date1/10/2020
Project Description
Technologically-assisted physical surveillance in outdoor areas and interior public spaces can provide valuable information to improve park operations and deter crime or assist in the apprehension of criminals. However, the use of technologically-assisted physical surveillance can make some visitors feel unwelcome, reinforcing a misperception that the Presidio is a private place instead of a public, national park site. This policy establishes limits on use of surveillance technology to balance these competing interests. The policy applies to all technologically-assisted physical surveillance conducted or approved by the Trust, including surveillance systems desired by tenants that cover areas outside of the interior of the space they lease. The policy also applies to the release of any images or other data produced through technologically-assisted physical surveillance conducted by the Trust. The policy does not apply to the operations of the U.S. Park Police or other law enforcement surveillance. Technologically-assisted surveillance will be conducted or approved by the Trust only to obtain information to monitor and improve park planning efforts, construction projects, resource management activities, park operations, or to prevent, detect or investigate crimes in locations where prior criminal activity has occurred or there is a reasonable expectation that a location might be the target of a crime.
 
Project Number20-013
Project NameAlameda Landscape Rehabilitation
Planning DistrictMain Post
Project TypeLandscaping/Site Work
CE AppliedLandscaping and landscape maintenance
CE Date12/10/2019
Project Description
The Alameda at the intersection of Funston and Presidio Boulevard served as the official entrance to the Presidio from the 1860s until 1895. Today, little evidence of the Alameda remains. This project will begin the rehabilitation of the landscape character of the area. Three senescent plum trees at building 10 and three cypress at building 11 (an incorrect species planted a number of years ago) will be removed and replaced by four Monterey cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa), the original species planted at this location by the U.S. Army. While the historic arrangement of the cypress cannot be replicated because of modern conditions, the proposed trees on either side of the roadway will act to bring back some of the character that was lost with the removal of the original trees over the past several years.
 
Project Number20-012
Project NameSanches Playground Reconstruction
Planning DistrictEast Housing
Project TypeRecreation
CE AppliedImprovements to meet disabled access requirements
CE Date12/9/2019
Project Description
The non-historic Sanches playground south of buildings 785 and 786 was recently demolished due to safety concerns (project 20-006). This project will reconstruct the playground in the same location to offer a variety of experiences for kids, including swinging, climbing and sliding. The project includes construction of an accessible play area with wood fiber safety surfacing, requiring approximately 835 cubic yards of soil to be excavated for code compliance (and disposed offsite), installation of play equipment, site furnishings, fencing, signage, planting and irrigation. An accessible parking space will be provided and pavement markings replaced in the Sanches Street parking lot, and an accessible walkway from the parking to the play area will be constructed. Access to/from building 786 and temporary assigned parking spaces for those made inaccessible by construction activities will be made available.
 
Project Number20-011
Project NamePlayground Closures and Upgrades
Planning DistrictPresidio-wide
Project TypeRecreation
CE AppliedImprovements to meet disabled access requirements
CE Date12/9/2019
Project Description
As a former U.S. Army base that housed many military families, the Presidio included a dozen playgrounds at base closure in 1994. The playgrounds were designed to serve military families and are generally located in residential neighborhoods away from public view. The Trust has rebuilt several playgrounds, prioritizing those most in need of upgrade, and demolished playgrounds as needed to maintain public safety. This project will implement the findings of a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) who assessed all Trust‐maintained playgrounds using current playground safety and accessibility standards. Three playgrounds (Baker Beach South, Infantry Terrace and Kobbe) with the greatest deficiencies and that do not meet other criteria will be demolished and the areas will be converted to open space. At five other playgrounds (Amatury Loop, Armistead, Compton, Stillwell and Sumner), non-compliant play equipment will be replaced and ramps into the play areas will be constructed as warranted to address potential hazards and provide accessible access.
 
Project Number20-010
Project NameSimonds Loop Capital Turn (Unit 538B)
Planning DistrictEast Housing
Project TypeMaintenance
CE AppliedRoutine maintenance and property and resource management
CE Date11/25/2019
Project Description
“Capital turns” ensure consistency in the treatment of the Trust’s residential units, minimize turnaround times, address damage from previous tenants, perform preventative maintenance, and prepare the units for leasing. The scope of work for these identical duplex and single-family homes (1940) on Simonds Loop include lead paint abatement at all windows and friction surfaces, window repair and weather stripping. New base cabinets and dishwashers, countertops and hardwood floors will be installed in the kitchens. Kitchen cabinetry and built-in shelving on the first floors will be repaired and retained. Plumbing will be replaced as needed. The units will be painted throughout. Work will begin with unit 538B followed by future units in the neighborhood subject to approval.
 
Project Number20-008
Project NameTrail Explorer/Mini Field Station Program
Planning DistrictSouth Hills
Project TypeSite Furnishings
CE AppliedInstallation of signs, displays, and kiosks
CE Date11/19/2019
Project Description
The Trust encourages park goers of all ages to explore and discover the Presidio’s outdoors via trail routes and key destination sites. This project will place a series of wooden hinged blocks containing prompts to notice site-specific natural phenomena along trails centered around El Polin Spring. The blocks will be supported on single 4 by 4 wood posts mounted on rustic bases (approximately 10 blocks per route). In addition, each route will feature one mini Field Station (formerly called a Nature Nook) stocked with wildlife and flora guides, place-based historical books, field journals and other materials inviting field observations. The interpretive features can be enjoyed independently or in tandem with the free Explorer Backpack program at the Presidio Visitor Center.
 
Project Number20-009
Project NameCommercial Lease Signs at Gorgas Warehouses
Planning DistrictLetterman
Project TypeSite Furnishings
CE AppliedInstallation of signs, displays, and kiosks
CE Date11/19/2019
Project Description
The Trust wishes to further advertise the availability of newly rehabilitated leasable space within the Gorgas Warehouses (buildings 1161-3, 1167, 1169, 1170). This project will post ‘for lease’ banners and signs consistent with draft guidelines. The guidelines identify when and where the signs can be used, what type and size of signs and banners may be used, and how long the signs can be in place.
 
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