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Apron Expansion Project

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The City of Yankton (City), in cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), is announcing that a Public Hearing will be held on Monday, June 25th, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm CT at the City of Yankton Community Meeting Room, Yankton, SD located at the Career Manufacturing Technical Education Academy formally known as the Regional Technical Education Center, 1200 W. 21st Street Room 114. This Public Hearing is being held to present and discuss the proposed action, reasonable alternatives, and to consider the economic, social, and environmental effects of the proposed action. The public hearing will utilize an open house format with a formal presentation at 5:30 pm CT.

Notice of Public Hearing

Draft Environmental Assessment & Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation

What is the Apron Expansion Project at the Chan Gurney Municipal Airport?

The City of Yankton (Yankton), in cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), proposes to expand the general aviation apron (apron) area at the Chan Gurney Municipal Airport (Airport). The apron expansion would accommodate the projected parking space needs and maintain efficient movement of aircraft from hangar areas to apron to runway.

 

What is Section 106 and how does it relate to FAA?

Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 was implemented to require Federal agencies to consider effects to historic properties for projects that the agencies are implementing, funding, or providing oversight to. For the apron expansion project, FAA is providing funding. Therefore, FAA is required by law to complete a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis that includes Section 106. To comply with Section 106, FAA is required to identify if historic properties could be affected by the project.

 

What historic structures have been identified at Chan Gurney Municipal Airport?

The following historic structures were identified:

  • The Tile Hangar (Photo 1) is a single story, rectangular plan, clay tile sided airplane hangar with a metal-clad barrel roof that was constructed in 1943.
  • The Barrel Hangar (Photos 2 and 3) is an arched roof building that was constructed in 1943.
  • The Radio Tower (Photo 4) is a 50-foot self-supporting steel lattice tower painted alternately red and white at 10-foot intervals, with a small antenna mounting platform at the top of tower.
  • A historic district is located within the Study Area and includes the Tile Hangar, Barrel Hangar, and Radio Tower. The boundary of the historic district encompasses the immediate footprint of the three structures. City of Yankton constructed the structures to attract a Naval flight training program to Yankton College. The structures are associated with the WWII military heritage of South Dakota and were utilized as an internment camp for German Prisoners of War (POW5) during World War Il-time period.

 

How would the project affect the historic structures?

The proposed project would have an adverse effect to the Tile Hangar, Barrel Hangar, and historic district. The South Dakota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) has concurred with an adverse effect determination.

 

How are these adverse effects being mitigated?

The FAA has reviewed different mitigation options to resolve the adverse effect to the Tile Hangar, Barrel Hangar, and historic district.
The following mitigation measures have been identified:

  • Collection of oral stories of the construction of the Tile Hangar, Barrel Hangar, and Radio Tower or information regarding the POWs that resided at the Airport will be collected, if anyone from the public volunteers. If you would like to provide a verbal recollection regarding these topics, please contact Becky Baker at 605-271-4414.
  • The Tile Hangar, Barrel Hangar, and Radio Tower will be recorded. This will include a sketch plan of the structure; digital color photographs that meet the National Register of Historic Places photograph standards; and a short historical report. The completed documentation will be given to SHPO and will be made available to the public through the South Dakota State Archives.
  • A display board about these historical structures and district would be prepared by the City and donated to the Dakota Territorial Museum (Museum). The display board will utilize the information obtained through this project, including historic photos, regarding the Tile Hangar and Historic District. The information would focus on the time period of the construction
    of the Tile Hangar and Barrel Hangar, and the use of the Airport as an internment camp for German POWs. A copy of the display board will also be displayed at the Airport’s terminal building.

Mike Roinstad, Airport Supervisor 
700 East 31st Street
PO Box 176
Yankton, SD 57078
Phone: (605) 668-5288

Dave Mingo, Community and Economic Development Director 
416 Walnut Street
PO Box 176
Yankton, SD 57078
Phone: (605) 668-5251

 

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