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LRH 2021-763-SCR

Published July 29, 2022
Expiration date: 8/13/2022

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 Lancaster High School Development Project.


APPLICANT:           Mr. Jerry Rainey

                                 Lancaster City School District

                                 345 Mulberry Street

                                 Lancaster, Ohio 43130


LOCATION:  The proposed project is located to the north of the existing Lancaster High School at 1312 Granville Pike, in the City of Lancaster, Fairfield County, Ohio (39.733703 latitude, -82.585536 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 Lancaster High School Development Project.  The proposal would involve the construction of a new high school building on the central portion of the property. Additionally, the applicant is proposing to construct access roads, parking areas, stormwater detention ponds, and ball fields.   The applicant proposes to permanently discharge dredged and/or fill material into 1,384 linear feet (0.095 acre) of three (3) streams.  All work would be conducted in accordance with the General Site Plan prepared by Sands Decker, Engineers & Surveyors 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) #39 as described in the January 13, 2021 Federal Register, Reissuance and Modification of NWPs (86 FR 2744) 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 Cultural Resources Survey for the Proposed Lancaster High School Improvements, OHC: 2022-FAI-54145, City of Lancaster, Pleasant Township, Fairfield County, Ohio (report) was completed by ASC Group, Inc. on behalf of the applicant.  Based upon the findings in the submitted reports, the Lancaster High School has been determined to be eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) under Criteria A and C as it is associated with significant events of Lancaster’s history and is an example of the work of a master.  The applicant proposes to demolish the existing Lancaster High School 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 Lancaster High School.

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 historic property, the MOA is currently being developed. This Public Notice serves to solicit public input on potential mitigation activities to resolve the adverse effects to the Lancaster High School.

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:  Comments and requests for additional information should be submitted electronically to Rachel King by email at Rachel.A.King@usace.army.mil. If you do not have internet access, comments may be submitted through the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to the following address:


                        United States Army Corps of Engineers

                        ATTN: CELRH-RDN

                        Public Notice No. LRH-2021-763-SCR

                        502 8th Street

                        Huntington, West Virginia 25701-2070


Comments should only be provided through the USPS when electronic transmission is not possible.  Precautionary internal mail handling procedures may be instituted to protect our workforce, which may result in longer than normal times to process and receive hard copy submissions.  To be considered in our evaluation, comments submitted through the USPS should have a postmark dated on, or prior to, the close of the comment period listed on page one (1) of

this Public Notice.  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, may be available to the public under provisions of the Freedom of Information Act. If you have any questions concerning this public notice, please contact Ms. Rachel King at (304) 399-6902, by mail at the above address, or by email at: rachel.a.king@usace.army.mil.