Public Meeting and Notice of Release
Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)
Proposed Falcon Center for
Health, Education and Wellness
University of Wisconsin River Falls
A public meeting to present the draft findings of the Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed UWRF Falcon Center project will be held 1:00 PM on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 in the University Center at UWRF. 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 Final EIS 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 Administrations 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 Draft EIS is made available to the public for a minimum 45-day review period beginning July 1, 2013 and ending August 14, 2013 and is circulated to appropriate federal, state, and local agencies. A public meeting is held on the Draft EIS. Comments and inquiries raised on the Draft EIS, at the August 14 public meeting and during the review period, are used to develop the Final EIS, which is circulated to the public and commenting agencies for a subsequent 30-day review period, during which a public hearing is held for additional clarification and comment. Following the public hearing, a conclusion on the findings of the EIS is developed for release by the UW System. This Record of Decision (ROD) is circulated to key individuals and agencies involved in the EIS process.
Copies of the Draft EIS are available at the UWRF Chalmer Davee Library and City of River Falls Public Library (140 Union Street) and online at www.CornerstoneEG.com/uwrf- falcon-center/.
Comments on the Draft EIS can be submitted until August 14, 2013 to:
Cornerstone Environmental Group
8413 Excelsior Drive, Suite 160
Madison, WI 53717
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments received after August 14, 2013, will be considered during preparation of the ROD. Related information and comment forms can be obtained via the project website at (www.CornerstoneEG.com/uwrf-falcon-center/).
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