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 Villages of Classicway Residential Development Project.
APPLICANT: Joe Prus
The Prus Construction Company
5325 Wooster Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45226
LOCATION: As depicted on the enclosed drawings titled Project Location Map (Sheet 1) and Existing Waters of the US Map (Sheet 2) the proposal is located on a 135-acre parcel on the northeastern side of Ford Road in Hamilton Township, Butler County, Ohio (39.345811 latitude, -84.169694 longitude).
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 in association with the Villages of Classicway Residential Development Project. The proposal would involve the clearing and grading of approximately 135 acres of fallow agricultural fields, open space, and forested areas to accommodate the construction of multiple single family residential homes and attendant features. Specifically, the proposal would involve the discharge of dredged and/or fill material into 0.33 acre of two (2) wetlands, 290 linear feet (0.01 acre) of two (2) streams, and 0.12 acre of one (1) pond in association with lot development and the installation of an internal roadway and as shown in the enclosed design plans (Sheets 3 – 5).
The United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is 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) #29 as described in the January 6, 2017 Federal Register, Issuance and Reissuance of NWPs (82 FR 1860) pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.
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 the opportunity to comment as required by the NHPA, 36 CFR 800, and 33 CFR 325, Appendix C.
Based on a review of the information provided by the applicant, two (2) resources (The Oak Grove School - WAR0147311 and The Bell Site - 33WA987) were determined to be eligible for inclusion in the NRHP. The Oak Grove School – WAR0147311 was determined eligible for the NRHP under Criteria A and C. Under Criterion A, it appears eligible for its association with the early development of public education in Ohio. Under Criterion C, it is a significant example of a one (1)-room schoolhouse from the mid-1850s with Greek Revival and Italianate influences. The Bell Site – 33WA987 was recommended as eligible for the NRHP for the historic period component, under Criterion D. Therefore, based on a review of the documentation and recommendations provided by the applicant’s agent, it has been determined the proposed undertaking would have an adverse effect on the NRHP eligible The Oak Grove School - WAR0147311 and The Bell Site - 33WA987. As part of the preparation for the development, the applicant has proposed to demolish this structure and grade the area surrounding this structure to create a suitable lot for development.
At this time, the applicant has not proposed mitigation for the proposed adverse effect. However, the applicant understands that mitigation would be required for the adverse effect and a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) would be required and made a part of any Department of the Army authorization of the proposed project. This Public Notice serves to solicit public input on potential mitigation activities to resolve the adverse effects to The Oak Grove School - WAR0147311 and The Bell Site - 33WA987.
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 of 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
Public Notice No. LRH-2017-907-LMR
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 Mr. Andrew Wendt at (513) 825-4518, by mail at the above address, or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.