For Immediate Release
July 31, 2018
United States Coast Guard Releases Proposed Supplemental Environmental Assessment for Public Comment
New London, CT – The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has prepared a supplemental environmental assessment (SEA) related to the planned construction of the National Coast Guard Museum by the National Coast Guard Museum Association, Inc. on land deeded to the USCG by the City of New London.
The SEA fulfills the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and several other federal and state regulatory requirements for projects of this nature
The document describes the need for the project and the environmental impacts of the proposed construction. The cumulative impacts of the proposed Museum in connection with other independent but related projects were also evaluated.
The comprehensive project description includes updated designs in response to comments following the preliminary notice and public hearing in 2017. Highlights of those design changes include:
- Adjustment to the volume of glass and the addition of a sail motif to the riverside façade address the concerns for mitigating the potential for migratory bird strikes, the USCG feedback regarding maintenance of the facility.
- The previous design was oriented to the east, raising concerns that the future Museum distanced itself from New London. As a result, the new orientation toward the city with a south-facing main entry that more directly engages City Pier Plaza.
- The Connecticut State Historical Preservation Office commented on the interaction of the Museum with Union Station and the historic district. The new design provides greater distance between the pedestrian access walkway and the station, expanded vantage points, and added transparency to the southwest corner to maintain views of the river.
- the need for an iconic USCG image has been addressed by adding a rescue helicopter displayed prominently within the building and visible from many angles.
In addition to these design changes, the SEA details the need for the acquisition of a small amount of additional land, primarily submerged land beneath the City Pier platform and along the Thames River adjacent to the site.
The Draft SEA will be available for comment beginning August 1, 2018 by:
1. Downloading from NCGMA’s website at www.coastguardmuseum.org/SEA
2. Viewing in person at the New London Public Library located at 63 Huntington Street, New London, Connecticut 06320, during operating hours.
3. Viewing in person at the National Coast Guard Museum Association’s office located at 78 Howard St., Suite A, New London, CT 06320, during normal business hours (Monday–Friday, 9 am to 5pm).
The comment period for the Draft SEA will extend for 30 days following the initial notice publication date of August 1, 2018. Written comments on the Draft SEA may be submitted no later than August 30, 2018, via USPS mail, fax, or electronic mail to:
United States Coast Guard
c/o Milone & MacBroom, Inc.
Attention: Jeanine Gouin
99 Realty Drive
Cheshire, CT 06410
About the NCGMA
The National Coast Guard Museum Association, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit charitable organization with a mission to establish the future National Coast Guard Museum, which will educate, engage and inspire visitors by honoring the courage and skill of the men and women of the United States Coast Guard through a variety of artifacts, exhibits, interactive experiences, and educational programs designed to their accomplishments in the past, present and future.