Naval Base Coronado Public Affairs Office
Naval Base Coronado, California – In a Record of Decision issued today, the Department of the Navy (DON) announced it will move forward with a proposal to construct, operate, and maintain an academic campus to support the operational readiness of Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC) personnel at Coronado, California.
“This action allows the Navy to create a state-of-the-art campus that meets the evolving needs of Naval Special Warfare Command, consolidates training and operating facilities and allows them to continue their existing operations tempo,” said Captain Christopher Sund, Commanding Officer of Naval Base Coronado, about the signing of the Record of Decision. Construction activities would occur over a 10-year period at a cost of approximately $700 million, providing nearly 1.5 million square feet of facilities. The purpose of the proposed action is to provide adequate facilities to support growth of NSWC on the west coast and maintain the required levels of operational readiness of naval special warfare forces.
After carefully weighing the strategic, operational, and environmental consequences of the proposed action, the Department of the Navy announced its decision to support the current and future operations readiness of personnel with NSWC by constructing, operating, and maintaining a Coastal Campus at Silver Strand Training Complex – South (SSTC-South), as set out in Alternative 1 of the Final EIS for the NBC Coastal Campus.
Implementation of Alternative 1 would include design and construction of logistical support buildings, equipment use and maintenance training facilities, classroom and tactical skills instruction buildings, storage and administrative facilities, utilities, fencing, roads, and parking. A new controlled entry point will be provided for access to/from State Route 75 and Building 99, a World War II-era bunker, will be demolished to facilitate campus construction.
The Record of Decision for the Final EIS will be published in the Federal Register. The Record of Decision identifies alternatives which were considered and analyzed in detail, describes applicable mitigation measures, and discusses relevant factors considered by the Department of the Navy in making its decision. In addition, the Record of Decision describes public involvement conducted as part of the project and provides a response to comments received on the Final EIS. The publication of the Record of Decision comes after a 30-day wait period that followed the release of the Final EIS on April 3, 2015. Various federal, state, and local agencies, and other interested individuals and organizations have been notified that the ROD has been published.
Additional information is available on the Naval Base Coronado Coastal Campus website at http://www.NBC CoastalCampusEIS.com.