Main Street Firehouse Upgrades


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Document Title
Main Street Firehouse Upgrades
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Complete repairs, improvements and accessibility upgrades to the existing Main Street Fire House at Columbia State Historic Park to enable continued use of and access to the building. Work will: For the Proposed Interior/Exterior Building Demolition: • Remove two (2) existing interior first floor doors to construct a new restroom; • Remove a portion of an existing interior wall to install a new door and improve an interior office layout; • Remove existing cabinetry, finishes and fixtures/appliances in an existing second floor kitchenette; and • Remove the existing HVAC system. For the Proposed Interior/Exterior Building Improvements: • On the first floor: o Install structural retrofit hold-downs and anchor bolts at existing concrete footings in areas of new shear walls; o Infill interior wall openings and provide matching in-kind finishes at the location of the new restroom and provide new partition walls for the new office; o Provide new suspended ceilings in the restroom and storage areas at first floor office with related lighting; o Install a new first floor accessible restroom with new plumbing, new finishes and fixtures; o Upgrade the electrical wiring and lighting for the first floor office; and o Provide emergency lighting and install an electrical panel in the existing viewing room. • On the second floor: o Install new flooring to match the existing in-kind; o Patch and refinish the walls and ceiling where the kitchenette was removed; o Install sheet metal pan flashing in drying tower to protect against wind-blown rain at existing louvers; o Upgrade the ducted HVAC system for the first and second floor levels; o Install new attic furnaces and replace existing exterior condenser units with new units; o Upgrade the electrical wiring and lighting for the second-floor office; and o Install lighting at the exterior entry stair to second floor. For the Proposed Exterior ADA Improvements: • Excavate approximately 12-in. deep x 19-ft x 17-ft and install a new ADA parking stall within the existing gravel staff parking lot; • Excavate approximately 12-in. deep x 20-ft x 4-ft to reconstruct a decomposed granite to the Fire House entrance; and • Excavate 12-in. deep x 6-ft x 6-ft to install a new concrete landing immediately adjacent to the building doorway.

Contact Information

Monica L. Aleman
Agency Name
California State Parks
Job Title
Environmental Coordinator
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Northern California
Cross Streets
Parrotts Ferry Road
State Highways
Highway 49
Columbia Airport
Columbia College
New Melones Reservoir
Other Location Info
Within Columbia State Historic Park

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 1, 2, 3 , 4 & 31 Sections: 15301,15302, 15303, 15304 & 15331
Reasons for Exemption
The project consists of the repair, maintenance, and minor alteration of existing public or private structures or facilities involving negligible or no expansion of use beyond current levels; the replacement or reconstruction of existing structures and facilities where the new structure will be located on the same site as the structure replaced and will have substantially the same propose and capacity as the structure replaced; the construction and location of a limited number of new, small facilities; and the minor public or private alterations in the condition of land, water and/or vegetation which does not involve the removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees except for forestry or agricultural purposes and is included as “Modifications of existing facilities for disabled access” and “Construction or installation of park facilities such as restrooms, signs” in the Department of Parks and Recreation’s list of exempt activities in accordance with CCR § 15300.4; and consists of the maintenance, repair, rehabilitation and preservation of historical resources in a manner consistent with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, with Guidelines for Preserving, Rehabilitating, Restoring and Reconstructing Historic Buildings (1995), Weeks and Grimmer.


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