Early Notice and Public Review of a Proposed Activity in a 100-Year or 500-year Floodplain
Date of Publication: December 1, 2022
City of Boynton Beach - Public Works Department
222 N.E. 9th Avenue,
Boynton Beach, FL 33435
To: All Interested Agencies, Groups, and Individuals
This is to give notice that the City of Boynton Beach has conducted an evaluation of a proposed activity in a floodplain. The evaluation complies with that required by Executive Order 11988, in accordance with HUD regulations 24 CFR 55.20, Subpart C, Procedures for Making Determinations on Floodplain Management, to determine the potential effect that the proposed activity within the 100 or 500-year floodplain and wetlands will have on the human environment.
The proposed activities will be accomplished with funding from a Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR). The proposed hardening project consists of structural improvements with no proposed increase in size or footprint, except for one (1) light pole that falls within the 100-year floodplain. There are no proposed changes to the function of this governmental facility.
PROJECT LOCATION(S): The following site is proposed for these activities:
2615 Woolbright Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33436
PROJECT PURPOSE: The Fire Rescue Station # 2 (FS2) is a currently operating a governmental facility whose operation is essential to the safety of lives and property in the area. The basic purpose of the FS2 hardening project is to make the necessary changes in order to make this site resilient to Category 5 hurricanes. FS2 improvements will help its first responders provide higher levels of efficiency in emergency operations, emergency preparedness, and emergency management. The overall purpose is to ensure that this FS2 structure can withstand Category 5 hurricanes and can be fully functional after a severe storm. These hardening/structural integrity improvements will help mitigate the risk of failure during and post a hurricane event, when these services are utmost important in order to save lives and property in the surrounding area and beyond.
EXISTING CONDITIONS: Fire Rescue Station # 2 (FS2) is in need of hardening/structural integrity improvements, so that FS2 can withstand storms greater than Category 4 hurricanes
PROPOSED ACTIVITIES: The proposed hardening/structural improvements project includes replacing eight (8) existing roll-up doors at with hurricane rated, four-fold doors, replacing strapping of the current HVAC equipment to the concrete slab, to conform to the wind load requirements of ASCE07-10 for a 170 mph wind speed, cleaning the generator housing of all rust and application of a rust-inhibiting spray, and replacing light poles with code compliant poles and foundations.
SIZE OF THE SITES: The total area of the One (1) proposed parcel is 2.97 acres, out of which 1.17 acres is outside of the 100-year floodplain Zone A/AE. The FS2 building location is not within the 100- or 500-year flood plains. Only one (1) of the light poles is located within the 100-year floodplain, whose total area is 9 sq.ft./ 0.0002 acres.
NATURAL VALUES: The properties are located within the floodplains with aquatic resources nearby; therefore, these areas and their vicinities can potentially be used by several avian species and small mammals.
PURPOSE OF NOTICE: There are three primary purposes for this notice. First, people who may be affected by activities in floodplains and those who have an interest in the protection of the natural environment should be given an opportunity to express their concerns and provide information about these areas. Second, an adequate public notice program can be an important public educational tool. The dissemination of information and request for public comment about floodplains can facilitate and enhance Federal efforts to reduce the risks and impacts associated with the occupancy and modification of these special areas. Third, as a matter of fairness, when the Federal government determines it will participate in actions taking place in floodplains, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued risk.
Please note that this public notice is being issued based on information that has been verified, and after the proposed project has been thoroughly evaluated, will ensure compliance with laws and regulations governing the regulatory programs.
Written comments must be received by the City of Boynton Beach at the following address on or before December 16, 2020, by 5:00 p.m., whereupon the minimum 15-day comment period will close. Comments may be delivered from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to City of Boynton Beach, c/o Moisey Abdurakhmanov - Engineer, Public Works Department, 222 N.E 9th Avenue, Boynton Beach, FL 33435, or submitted via email to AbdurakhmanovM@bbfl.us, with “Attention: FS2 Hardening Project comments” in the subject line. A full description of these projects may also be reviewed from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the same address as above.
December 1, 2022