Orientation Center for the Blid Renovation Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Rehabilitation, Department of (Department of Rehabilitation)
Document Title
Orientation Center for the Blid Renovation Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
The Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) proposes to renovate the Orientation Center for the Blind (OCB). The OCB campus is a State-owned and operated residential facility consisting of three buildings, situated on a 3-acre site. The DOR will fund the renovation project with the Vocational Rehabilitation Grant received from the US Department of Education. The US Department of Education has stated that these funds were provided by formula to the states, and therefore no further action is required under NEPA. The renovation activity includes: improving the campus' energy efficiency by replacing all heating, plumbing, lighting infrastructure and control system, single pane windows and door systems, and installing roof top solar panels; updating common use areas and amenities consistent with American with Disabilities Act code requirements; adding an elevator to the dormitory building; converting six dormitory rooms into three apartments; repair/replace existing walkway canopies; replacing/repairing/remodeling equipment and designated training/administrative areas to facilitate OCB's instructional/training program; and lead paint and asbestos abatement of areas affected by renovation.

Contact Information
Daniel O'Brien
Department of Rehabilitation
721 Capitol Mall, 3rd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone : (916) 376-1603



Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 1 Sect. 15301
Reasons for Exemption
The renovation activity of the OCB facilities is consistent with original proposed usage of buildings and meets the requirements set forth in Section 15301. The project will have negligible effect on resources in the area. A letter of certification shows consultation with State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) was completed pursuant to National Historic Preservation Act Section 106, and the SHPO has concurred that the OCB does not qualify for the National Register of Historic Places and that no historic properties would be affected by implementation of this renovation activity.

Disclaimer: The document was originally posted before CEQAnet had the capability to host attachments for the public. To obtain the original attachments for this document, please contact the lead agency at the contact information listed above. You may also contact the OPR via email at state.clearinghouse@opr.ca.gov or via phone at (916) 445-0613.

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