November 26, 2001
Ms. Patricia Arencibia
State of California
Dept. of Parks and Recreation
P.O. Box 942896
Sacramento, CA 94296-0001
Subject: Scherer Park Development, LWCF Project No. 06-01163
Dear Ms. Arencibia:
The National Park Service (NPS) has received your letter of November 6, 2001 and will require additional documents to comprehensively review the City of Long Beach's request to proceed with conversion of 2.5 acres of Scherer Park for use in expansion of the existing Long Beach Police Department substation and replacement with the
Past documentation indicates valuation studies and restricted appraisals of the Scherer Park site and the Golden Park Parcels were submitted in lieu of complete appraisal reports. The May 18, 1998 evaluation of these documents by our appraiser indicated these documents did not meet the L&WCF grant program and federal appraisal standards, and complete revised appraisals were requested. Our appraiser's evaluation of the above valuation studies and appraisals are enclosed. On May 20, 1998, Keith Steinhart of the State of CA Department of Parks and Recreation notified the City of Long Beach of our requests and included our May 18, 1998 evaluation. On October 1, 1998, the City of Long Beach notified Keith Steinhart that the Scherer Park conversion project had been postponed until further funding could be secured.
At this time, NPS requests current complete appraisals of the Scherer Park parcel and the 5-acre replacement property at 55th Way that reflect the present valuations.
The currently proposed conversion of the 2.5 acre Scherer Park parcel and the 55th Way replacement property will require an environmental review under NEPA in addition to the complete appraisals. It is our understanding that this proposed replacement property is a Brownfield conversion from an old landfill and industrial use. The NEPA process will determine possible potential adverse impacts of the conversion action including any presence of hazardous materials and risk to human health or the environment, along with appropriate mitigation factors. If an environmental review indicates the proposed replacement property is suitable for conversion, a complete appraisal will need to be conducted for this replacement property. Both complete appraisal reports for Scherer Park and the 55th Way replacement parcel must meet standards as defined by the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.
Approval for a 12-month delay to complete development of the 55th Way replacement site after construction has commenced at Scherer Park will not be considered until after all appraisal and environmental documents are received, reviewed and approved. NPS cannot approve the conversion request until these documents are evaluated. The City of Long Beach is encouraged to submit the required appraisals and environmental documentation at their earliest convenience.
If you have further questions about the documentation required, please contact me at 510/817-1454. Specific questions on NPS appraisal requirements can be directed to Dave Reynolds, Chief Appraiser or Bob Cirese, Appraiser at 510-817-1411.
Outdoor Recreation Planner
Leslie Hunsaker, City of Long Beach