TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: The intent of this Public Notice is to provide an opportunity for the public to express their views on proposed adverse effects to historic properties associated with the Ohio State University Mansfield Campus Transportation Improvement Project.
APPLICANT: Ohio State University at Mansfield
1760 University Drive
Mansfield, Ohio 44903
LOCATION: As depicted on the enclosed Project Location Map (Sheet 1 and 2), the proposed 0.33 mile corridor would be located along Lexington-Springmill Road to Kenwood Circle at the existing Ohio State University Mansfield Campus near Mansfield, Richland County, Ohio at approximately 40.796379, -82.587117.
DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED WORK: The applicant has requested a Department of the Army permit (DA) authorization for the proposed discharge of dredged and/or fill material into waters of the United States associated with the Ohio State University Mansfield Campus Transportation Improvement Project. The applicant proposes to permanently discharge dredged and/or fill material into approximately 0.41 acre of wetland for the construction of the road. Refer to the enclosed Development Plan (Sheet 3-1 through 3-3) for a depiction of the proposed road construction activities.
The United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) was determined to be the lead federal agency for this undertaking, as the only federal action in association with this proposal is the requirement to obtain authorization under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act for the discharge of dredged and/or fill material into waters of the United States. The proposal is under review for possible authorization under a Nationwide Permit (NWP) #14 pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.
General Condition #20 of the NWPs states no activity which may affect historic properties eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) is authorized until the Corps has complied with the provisions of 33 CFR Part 325 Appendix C. This condition also states the applicant must notify our office if the proposed activity may affect any historic property listed, determined to be eligible, or which the prospective permittee has reason to believe are eligible for listing on the NRHP. The Corps is mandated by the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) to ensure no federal undertaking, including a Corps permit action, which may affect historic resources, is commenced before the impacts of such action are considered and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) are provided an opportunity to comment as required by the NHPA, 36 CFR 800, and 33 CFR 325, Appendix C.
To date, the following reports have been prepared and coordinated with the Ohio History Connection, Ohio SHPO for their review and comment:
Based on coordination with the Ohio SHPO, it has been determined that the Ohio State University Mansfield Campus Transportation Improvement Project would directly affect one (1) NRHP eligible site (The Ohio Standard Baseline). The Ohio Standard Baseline is a historically significant structure eligible for listing on the NRHP under Criterion A (associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of our history) and Criterion C (embodies the distinctive characteristics of a type, period, or method of construction, or that represent the work of a master, or that possess high artistic values, or that represent a significant and distinguishable entity whose components may lack individual distinction). We have determined the proposed undertaking would have an adverse effect on the aforementioned NRHP eligible structure.
This Public Notice serves to solicit public input on potential mitigation activities to resolve the adverse effects on historic properties.
PUBLIC INTEREST: The Corps is soliciting comments from the public, Federal, state and local agencies and officials, Indian Tribes and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the proposed adverse effect on historic properties. Should you wish to express your views on the undertaking’s effects on historic properties, or provide comments, objections or mitigation proposals associated with the proposed undertaking, please forward this information to our office prior to the close of the comment period for this Public Notice.
CLOSE OF COMMENT PERIOD: All comments pertaining to this Public Notice must reach this office on or before the close of the comment period listed on page one of this Public Notice. Persons wishing to submit comments or objections concerning this proposal should write:
United States Army Corps of Engineers
ATTN: CELRH-RD-N-Public Notice No. LRH-2015-1075-WAL
502 8th Street
Huntington, West Virginia 25701-2070
Please note, the names and addresses of those who submit comments in response to this Public Notice become part of our administrative record and, as such, are available to the public under provisions of the Freedom of Information Act. If you have any questions concerning this public notice, please call Ms. Kayla Adkins of the North Branch at 304-399-5850.