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PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE: 10/3/13, Re: UW-RF Falcon Center -Final EIS

Friday, August 30, 2013 - 11:20pm

Public Hearing and Notice of Release
Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS)
Proposed Falcon Center for
Health, Education and Wellness
University of Wisconsin – River Falls
A public hearing to present the findings of the Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed UW River Falls Falcon Center for Health, Education and Wellness will be held at 6:00 PM on Thursday, October 3, 2013, in Room 231 (Trimbelle Room) of the University Center at UWRF. A brief description of the project and identified impacts will be presented. All persons in attendance will be afforded a reasonable opportunity to identify both orally and in writing any support, issues, or concerns they believe should be addressed in the Record of Decision (ROD) for this proposed project. The EIS for the Falcon Center project is prepared in accordance with the Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act (WEPA), Wisconsin Statutes 1.11 and University of Wisconsin System (UW System) guidelines. The project manager is the state Department of Administration’s Division of State Facilities (DSF). Cornerstone Environmental Group has been retained to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on behalf of the UW System for this proposed project. The intent of the EIS process is to identify the potential positive and negative impacts of the project to the physical, biological, social and economic environments.

The proposed new Falcon Center will provide additional space to create suitable indoor and outdoor facilities for the UWRF Health and Human Performance Academic program, Falcon Athletics program and Recreation program. A new 111,164 ASF/162,300 GSF facility will be constructed as an integrated and unified addition to the Hunt Arena and Knowles Physical Education Recreation Center. The project also provides for the remodel of 14,700 GSF of space in the Hunt Arena and Knowles Physical Education Recreation Center and provides a centralized heating/ventilation plant and ground source heat pump to serve the new spaces. A new 720 space parking lot will be added along with secondary access road linking the site to Cemetery Road via South Sixth Street. A phased relocation of the existing athletic fields as necessary during construction will result in turf reestablishment. Demolition of the Karges Center and the Nelson Building is also included in the project.

The Final EIS is made available to the public for a minimum 30-day review period beginning September 4, 2013 and ending October 4, 2013, and is circulated to appropriate federal, state, and local agencies. A public hearing will be held on the Final EIS. Comments and inquiries raised on the Final EIS are used to develop the ROD which details the impacts of the project and is circulated to key individuals and agencies involved in the EIS process.
Copies of the Final EIS are available at the UWRF Chalmer Davee Library and City of River Falls Public Library (140 Union Street) and online at falcon-center/. Comments on the Draft EIS can be submitted until October 4, 2013 to:
Susan Mockert
Cornerstone Environmental Group
8413 Excelsior Drive, Suite 160
Madison, WI 53717
or email
Comments received after October 4, 2013, will be considered during preparation of the ROD. Related information and comment forms can be obtained via the project website at (
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