ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • The Navy has completed the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Disposal and Reuse of Surplus Property at Naval Station (NAVSTA) Newport and is requesting comments.

  • The Draft EIS is available on this website for public review (see the EIS Documents page) and copies are also available for viewing at the following locations:

    Newport Public Library - 300 Spring Street, Newport, RI 02840
    Town of Portsmouth Town Hall - 2200 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871
    City of Newport, City Hall -43 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840
    Town of Middletown Planning Department - 350 East Main Road, Middletown, RI 02842

  • The Navy will hold two open house public meetings at the locations listed below and will allow individuals to review and comment on the information presented in the Draft EIS. There will be a series of poster stations staffed by Navy representatives who will be available to clarify information in the Draft EIS, as necessary. There will not be a formal presentation.

    Thursday, April 14th, 2016
    4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Joseph H. Gaudet Middle School Cafeteria
    1113 Aquidneck Ave (Turner Rd entrance)
    Middletown, Rhode Island 02842

    Friday, April 15th, 2016
    10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Newport Police Department Assembly Room
    120 Broadway
    Newport, Rhode Island 02840


  • Comments on the Draft EIS are requested by Monday, May 2nd, 2016. The Public Involvement page has information on ways to comment, which include mail, e-mail and fax.

ABOUT THIS SITE

Welcome to the website for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Disposal and Reuse of Surplus Property at Naval Station (NAVSTA) Newport, Rhode Island. Public Law 101-510, the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1990, as amended in 2005 (BRAC Law), has directed the Navy to realign NAVSTA Newport. As a result of this action, the Navy has declared approximately 158 acres of property at NAVSTA Newport to be surplus to the needs of the federal government. The Navy proposes to dispose of the property for reuse by the local municipalites.

The Navy is committed to involving the community throughout the EIS process. This website provides information about the EIS process and project schedule. Electronic copies of the Draft EIS are available on the website for public review (see the EIS Documents page); the project schedule provides approximate timeframes for the public comment period and public release of the Final EIS. Updates to this website will be made throughout the EIS process to keep you informed about the project.

Please use the links at the top of the webpage to navigate through the website and learn more about the EIS and how you can participate.

BACKGROUND

NAVSTA Newport is located on the western shore of Aquidneck Island in Newport County, Rhode Island. The surplus property of NAVSTA Newport is located in three separate municipalities on Aquidneck Island: the City of Newport, the Town of Portsmouth, and the Town of Middletown. Collectively, the surplus property comprises four non-contiguous Navy properties:

  • Former Navy Lodge – Approximately 3 acres at the corner of Coddington Highway and West Main Road in the Town of Middletown, Rhode Island.
  • Former Naval Hospital – Approximately 15.2 acres, consisting of 8.3 acres of land and 6.9 acres of offshore riparian rights (access to water only), located on the western shore of Aquidneck Island, on Narragansett Bay, in the City of Newport, Rhode Island.
  • Tank Farms 1 and 2 – Tank Farm 1 consists of approximately 62 acres of land, and Tank Farm 2 consists of approximately 74 acres of land in the Town of Portsmouth, Rhode Island.
  • Midway Pier/Greene Lane – This approximately 10.7-acre parcel is located along the western portion of Aquidneck Island in the Town of Middletown.

The BRAC Commission recommended realignment of NAVSTA Newport on September 8, 2005. The recommendation to realign NAVSTA Newport was approved by President Bush and accepted by Congress on November 9, 2005. As a result of implementation of BRAC Law, certain land and facilities were declared excess to the needs of the Navy on January 5, 2009 and available to other Department of Defense (DOD) components and other federal agencies. Following the Navy’s evaluation of all federal requests, the Navy declared approximately 158 acres of property at NAVSTA Newport as surplus on February 9, 2010.

The Navy has prepared a Draft EIS to evaluate the disposal and reuse of surplus property at NAVSTA Newport in a manner consistent with the Redevelopment Plan for Surplus Properties at NAVSTA Newport (Redevelopment Plan) prepared by the Aquidneck Island Reuse Planning Authority (AIRPA). The EIS was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969. While the decision to dispose of the surplus property is exempt from NEPA per the BRAC Law, disposal actions are considered “major federal actions” and must comply with NEPA. The EIS focuses on the potential environmental consequences of the disposal and reuse of surplus property at NAVSTA Newport in accordance with the Redevelopment Plan.

The Draft EIS has considered two redevelopment alternatives. Alternative 1, the preferred alternative, is the disposal of the surplus property and reuse in accordance with the Redevelopment Plan, which has been prepared and approved by the AIRPA. Alternative 1 includes mixed land use types and densities for each of four non-contiguous surplus properties as well as open space and natural areas. Alternative 2 provides for the disposal of the surplus property at NAVSTA Newport and redevelopment at a higher density and with a different mix of uses than Alternative 1. A No Action alternative was also considered, as required by NEPA and to provide a point of comparison for assessing impacts of the redevelopment alternatives.

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