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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

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The Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) assists Federal agencies in complying with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Programs, funding, and permit/approvals associated with ARRA may also require compliance with Section 106. Send applications/information/questions to: recoveryact@parks.ny.gov

Form Instructions

Follow the recommendations below if you are a State or Federal agency or consultant on behalf of a State or Federal agency seeking to fulfill responsibilities under either Section 14.09 of New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law or Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and the project involves funding or permit/approval related to ARRA.

In order for OPRHP's New York State Historic Preservation Office (NYSHPO) to review your ARRA project and provide comments back to the appropriate federal/state agency and project sponsor, you will need to provide complete and accurate information. NYSHPO will send comments via e-mail (as provided on the application) and will provide a hard copy too. Additional information or project clarification will be requested as needed from the project sponsor using e-mail or telephone.

Questions regarding this process must be directed to John Bonafide, Historic Preservation Services Coordinator at (518) 237-8643 or john.bonafide@parks.ny.gov.

All ARRA project information should be submitted to this office via:

E-mail at:
recoveryact@parks.ny.gov

Overnight carrier to:
1 Delaware Avenue
Cohoes, NY 12047
Attn: Recovery Act Team
US Postal Service to:
NYSOPRHP
PO Box 189
Waterford, NY 12188-0189
Attn: Recovery Act Team

Complete the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Project Submission Form (pdf).

  • Page 1- General Information
    • Lines 1-4 - Project Identification - Provide site specific data on proposed project.
    • Line 5 - Funding Agencies – List the state and or federal agencies, funding sources and permits that will be involved in the project.
    • Line 6 - Primary Project Contact – Provide information for the primary person who will serve as the project contact for this undertaking and include a valid e-mail address.
    • Line 7- Project Type – Use this area to define whether or not your project involves new construction on a vacant site or rehabilitation of an existing building and/or demolition of existing building(s). Check all that apply.
  • Page 2 – Information relating to projects with anticipated ground disturbing activities such as new construction on vacant land, expansions of existing facilities, pipelines and utilities.
    • Line A1 – Full Project Description – Describe proposed project. Use page four if additional space is needed or attach a project scope with the application and note here that the project scope is attached.
    • Line A2 – Project Type – Use the check boxes to identity the type of project. If you are proposing a linear pipeline or utility project you must describe it in detail. Explain the extent of the project and the scope of the ground disturbance. Directional boring of small diameter pipe generally will not require the same level of review as the traditional excavation and placement of a 12-inch water or 30-inch sewer main. Projects that utilize the existing trenches of previous systems may require no additional archaeological work while lines placed in new undisturbed locations may require archaeological testing.
    • Line A3 – Maps – Provide a clear location map that depicts the project area. USGS Quadrangle maps should be used. The NYSHPO web site's Geographic Information System (GIS) program should be consulted to determine if your project area is located within an archaeologically sensitive zone or if your project is adjacent to or involves a National Register listed property or Historic District (See B4 below for NYSHPO GIS use information).
      • Maps should be at a readable scale with the scale shown. North arrow, street names and other location references should be included. The project site boundary depicting the location and extent to the actual proposed work (for excavations) should be drawn on the project map or site plans which should be included.
    • A4 – Photographs – Clear digital images of the project site and its surroundings must be provided. Photographs provide this office with data on the existing conditions of the site and/or buildings. Always include photos of all buildings that are 50 years old or older that abut the project site. All photos should be keyed to a site plan.
    • A5 – Previous Ground Disturbance – For projects in archaeologically sensitive areas where cultural resources may be present, you must document prior ground disturbance. If the project site has been previously disturbed and the potential for preserving or recovering cultural material has been lost, you must document the history of the activity that altered the site by including photographs, boring records, mining documentation, etc.
  • Page 3 Information relating to buildings or structures (bridges) that will be altered, renovated relocated or demolished as part of the project.
    • Line B1 – Full Project Description – Describe your project. Use page four if more space is needed or attach a project scope with your application and note in this space that the project scope is attached.
    • Line B2 – Address – Provide the complete street address and date or approximate date of construction for each building/structure involved in the project.
    • Line B3 – Photographs – Provide clear digital photographs depicting all elevations of the building(s)/structure(s) involved in the project. Also provide several streetscape views depicting the area/buildings adjacent to the project site. The photos should be keyed to a site plan.
    • Line B4 – Maps – Provide a clear location map that depicts the project area. USGS Quadrangle maps should be used. The NYSHPO web site's GIS program should be consulted to determine if your project area is located within an archaeologically sensitive zone or if your project is adjacent to or involves a National Register listed property or Historic District (See B4 below for NYSHPO GIS use information).
      • From this site's home page select Online Tools from the menu. Scroll down the online tools page to GIS. Review the User Notes found on this screen then follow the hyperlink to the GIS application.
      • At the viewer map select Zoom to Location from menu at upper right. In the pop-up box select MUNI then your County and Town/City/Village then click on Submit. Once the map zooms in check-off Background Maps, Archeo Sensitive Area and the Municipal Boundary options from the View Layers menu and click on Refresh button.
      • You may need to zoom in or pan to get a clear map of your project area. These options are found at the yellow box labeled Click on Map To function.
      • Use the PRINT option on the right side of the screen to print the map. For electronic submissions use your computer's Print Screen option (CTRL + Print Screen key) this image can then be pasted to an MS Word document or in a photo program and saved to be used as an electronic attachment with your application.
    • Line B5 – National Register of Historic Places - Identify whether or not the project site, building(s) or structure(s) are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Check with your local planning office, municipal historian, Historic Preservation Review Commission or the NYSHPO web site's GIS program (notes for GIS access and use above).
  • Page 4 Space for additional information-submission instructions
    Submission Instructions - Use overnight or a direct delivery service to our facility if you are making a paper submission. Using our standard USPS P.O. Box address may add time to the delivery process. If submitting your application by e-mail, use the dedicated e-mail address on the application. Forward all documents, maps and photographs in a PDF format. However, the information may also be submitted as separate components attached to an e-mail (i.e. application in MS Word, photos and maps as separate jpegs).
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