Historic hotel makeover on horizon

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Alternative plans for updating Yosemite's Ahwahnee Hotel and associated structures have been released.

Public comments are invite

The Ahwahnee Comprehensive Rehabilitation Plan Environmental Assessment will be discussed from 1 to 4 p.m. today at the park's monthly open house at the East Valley Auditorium in Yosemite Valley.

Copies of the assessment are available online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/ AhwahneeRehab.

The assessment will describe three alternative approaches for compliance with current fire protection and building codes, recommended seismic safety practices, and accessibility standards.

In addition, the alternatives propose replacement and/or updating of aging mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, as well as options for improving operational, energy and water-use efficiencies.

The alternatives also provide rehabilitation of historic fabric and features throughout the National Historic Landmark.

One of the alternatives addresses fire, seismic, life-safety, health and accessibility code and standard deficiencies in the current buildings.

It also improves obsolete building systems and operational efficiency. The goal is to improve visitor experiences while minimizing costs and impacts on historical fabric and features.

Printed and CD copies of the plan will be available at the open house. Comments on it should be postmarked by Aug. 23 and sent to Superintendent, Yosemite National Park, Attn: The Ahwahnee Comprehensive Rehabilitation Plan, P.O. Box 577, Yosemite, CA 95389.

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