Posted by: arbeam | September 14, 2013

Navy to Replace 8 World War II Buildings

Four excess and deteriorating buildings will be razed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility and four at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, including some that are eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Eight other shipyard structures will receive upgrades, resulting in energy and maintenance savings of more than $7 million a year.

The Bangor depot was built in 1944 to store and ship ammunition during World War II and to decrease the hazards of transporting explosives through populated areas. The nearest railroad tracks, 45 miles to the south in Shelton, had to be extended to connect to Bangor. The Navy plans to demolish Bangor’s segregation area, where munitions were taken off railroad cars and sorted before being stored. As mitigation, the Navy will develop an essay about the Bangor segregation area for HistoryLink.org, a nonprofit online encyclopedia of Washington state history. The essay will talk about the history and significance of the buildings, boxcars, earthen barricades and railroad tracks.

Forty-five World War II-era boxcars, which are also used for storage, will be offered to heritage groups. If it can’t give any away, the Navy will videotape the 50-ton and 40-ton boxcars before disposing of them. The Navy will also develop a Shelton-Bremerton-Bangor railroad historic preservation plan, determining what portions and features are eligible for the National Register of Historic Places and how to care for them. The railroad will continue to be maintained and operated.

Four buildings will be demolished and eight upgraded at the shipyard. In exchange for the lost history, the Navy agreed to install a display outside the base about the 189 acres of the shipyard that were designated a national historic landmark district in 1992. The display will include information about its buildings and structures and their role in World War II. The Navy will also create a Web page about it for the next-door Puget Sound Navy Museum.

The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 required federal agencies to determine if any of their properties are archeological sites that should be listed on the historic places list. They’re supposed to give these priority of care and maintenance,  If they can’t, they’re supposed to work on mitigation.

Kitsap Sun article

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