Louisiana– The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority’s proposed $783 million coastal annual plan includes 23 levee and coastal restoration projects to be under construction in Southeastern Louisiana during fiscal year 2020 and another 20 projects to undergo engineering and design work. These projects are part of the state’s $50 billion, 50-year coastal Master Plan. Some of the projects include the following:
– Mid-Breton Sediment Diversion, $18 million from the 2010 BP disaster and oil spill-related fine revenue. This project in Plaquemines Parish will eventually cost $800 million, with construction expected to begin in 2023.
– Rosethorne and Jean Lafitte Tidal Basin levees, $4 million in fiscal year 2020, with another $7 million to be spent in fiscal year 2021. The project will build about 8,000 feet of levees in the Jean Lafitte area that will be about 8 feet above sea level, high enough to reduce existing flooding threats from high tides.
– Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection, $38.4 million. Includes money the state might need to spend as part of its share of land costs or mitigation costs for the New Orleans area levee system, the Southeast Louisiana flood protection projects in New Orleans and Jefferson parishes; and for the state’s land costs for federally-built levee improvements in Plaquemines Parish.
– Queen Bess Island Restoration, $10 million. The state expects to receive the money from the BP oil spill natural resource damage program.
– Grand Isle Beach Stabilization, $10.4 million. To be paid for with offshore oil money.
– Golden Triangle Marsh Creation, $21.4 million. State officials expect this project to be funded with natural resource damage restoration money from the BP oil spill.
– Terrebonne Basin barrier island and beach nourishment, $104.7 million. State officials expect this project to be funded with natural resource damage restoration money from the BP oil spill.
Florida– The city of St. Petersburg released a request for proposals (RFP) Monday for the purchase and development of a property located at 1300 1st Avenue North. The site is currently home to the police department headquarters, which was originally built in the 1950’s and expanded in the 1970’s. A new 170,000 square foot headquarters is currently under construction across the street at 1301 1st Avenue North and will open later this year.
The two-acre site recently appraised for $6.6 million and sits in the middle of the EDGE District, one of Downtown St. Petersburg’s fastest growing neighborhoods. According to the EDGE District Master Plan, which was released in December 2016, this parcel has the potential to be a catalyst project – attracting additional development and serving as an end cap for a future Baum Avenue pedestrian streetscape.
California– A request for proposals to get design-build bids will be issued later this year from the California Department of General Services for an office complex in Sacramento’s River District. The California State Printing Plant site at Seventh Street and Richards Boulevard is set to be demolished in the 2019-20 fiscal year. A design-build partner should be in place at the beginning of 2020, with construction to start after that. The complex could be up to 29 stories and include a child care center and parking structure.
The notice of preparation for an environmental impact report describes a project of up to 1.3 million square feet as the benchmark for determining environmental impacts. The estimated
Alaska- Gov. Bill Walker has approved the release of $3.6 million to complete the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process for the Ambler Mining District Access Project. This large-scale project was one of several halted by executive order in December 2014 so the Office of Management and Budget could review discretionary spending. The Ambler Road Project is a proposed 200-mile road that would connect the Ambler Mining District in Northwest Alaska with the Dalton Highway and Fairbanks. The decision is in response to an Aug. 24 request from the Alaska Industrial and Development Export Authority (AIDEA) to release the funds. No additional state funding is expected to be needed for completion of the EIS process.
After a Record of Decision on the EIS, and if the Bureau of Land Management grants right-of-way and AIDEA decides to pursue a road, it is expected to be supported through a public-private partnership finance structure without additional funding from state government.