Impact Comments Sought

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

Oct. 4, 1996

Ed Tech Impact Statements Sought

Comments continue to be taken on a draft environmental impact statement prepared for the proposed construction of a new Teacher Education Center at UW-River Falls.

Last month the Wisconsin State Building Commission and the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents released $6.5 million for the construction project, which could begin in May.

According to Campus Planner Dale Braun, the new teacher education building, designed by HRS Associates, Inc., of La Crosse, will include a two-story facility of 47,000 square feet to be sited between the current Ames Teacher Education Center and Hathorn Hall on the south side of the main campus. Occupancy of the building, which overlooks the South Fork of the Kinnickinnic River, is expected for the start of the 1998 fall semester.

A draft environmental impact statement on the building's construction was released on Sept. 10, with a public information meeting held on Sept. 25. Comments will continue to be taken until Oct. 25.

A final EIS is expected for release on Nov. 8, with comments taken through Dec. 8. A formal public hearing will be held on Dec. 11, with a decision on the project issued by Dec. 20 from the UWS environmental affairs office.

"We are actively seeking input from the public on the EIS," Braun said.

The primary concerns addressed by the draft EIS are noise pollution from construction, removal and relocation of Hathorn Cottage, construction site erosion, and storm water runoff.

For more information on the draft statement, contact Braun at 715/425-3840.

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