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LRH 2019-763-SCR

Published Nov. 13, 2019
Expiration date: 12/13/2019

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 proposed Havens Meadows Residential Development Project.


APPLICANT:            Mr. Jim Ohlin

                                    Romanelli & Hughes Building Company

                                    148 West Schrock Road

                                    Westerville, Ohio 43081


LOCATION:  The proposed project is located north of Havens Corners Road and west of Mann Road in Jefferson Township, Franklin County, Ohio (40.017969 latitude, -82.833684 longitude) (Sheet 1 of 2).

DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED WORK:  The applicant has requested a Department of the Army (DA) permit authorization for the proposed discharge of dredged and/or fill material into waters of the United States in association with the Havens Meadows Residential Development Project.  The proposal would involve the construction of a single-family residential development and associated attendant features.  The applicant proposes to permanently discharge dredged and/or fill material into approximately 0.02 acre of one (1) wetland (Wetland C).  All work would be conducted in accordance with the Preliminary Site Plan and Proposed Impacts Map prepared by Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc., and submitted with the pre-construction notification materials (Sheet 2 of 2).

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 potential 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. 

A Phase I Archaeological Investigation and a History/Architecture Investigation for 7.2 ha (17.9 ac) Havens Meadows Housing Development in Jefferson Township, Franklin County, Ohio (report) was completed by Weller & Associates, Inc. on behalf of the applicant.  Based upon the findings in the submitted reports, the Souder House (OHI # FRA0247106) has been determined to be eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) under Criterion C as it is an excellent early example of the classic I-House style.  The applicant proposes to demolish the Souder House in conjunction with the proposed project.  Therefore, based on a review of documentation and recommendations provided by the applicant’s agent and the Ohio SHPO, it has been determined that the proposed undertaking would have an adverse effect on the NRHP eligible Souder House.

The applicant understands that mitigation would be required for the adverse effect and a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) would be required and made part of any DA authorization for the proposed project.  In order to compensate for adverse effects to the Souder House, the applicant proposes to further document the Souder House, including a photo documentation of the house’s intact interior space.  The photo documentation would include photographs taken from each corner of each room in order to provide details of the layout, materials, and workmanship of the house that is currently not commonly accessible to the general public.  In addition, the applicant has proposed Ohio Historic Inventory (OHI) documentation of all resources within Jefferson Township, dating from the 19th century and earlier if present.  Resources that were previously recorded in the OHI more than ten (10) years ago would be documented with updated forms.  This Public Notice serves to solicit public input on potential mitigation activities to resolve the adverse effects to the Souder House.

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 (1) 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-2019-763-SCR

                        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 contact Ms. Katie Samples at (304) 399-6933, by mail at the above address, or by email at: