Public Notice for Environmental Assessment; New Senior Center
CITY OF SPRINGFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS
OFFICE OF PROCUREMENT
Public Notice 7/26/16
NPS PUBLIC NOTICE
CITY OF SPRINGFIELD
SENIOR CENTER PUBLIC FACILITY AT BLUNT PARK
The National Park Service (NPS) is reviewing the City of Springfield’s proposal to develop approximately 4.9 acres of land within Blunt Park as a new Senior Center public facility, along Blunt Park Road and immediately adjacent to the State Pool in the park. The proposed public facility would re-establish a permanent location for functions previously performed at the Howard Street Armory Senior Center Branch which was heavily damaged by a June 1, 2011 tornado which affected the City. The new public facility would allow for consolidation of several branches of the City’s Senior Center network.
To meet the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the City and NPS have prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) to identify and evaluate human, historic, and environmental resources that might be affected by the construction of the proposed Senior Center as a public facility within Blunt Park. NPS invites the public to review and comment on the Draft EA. If the NPS finds that the Proposed Alternative, as defined in the EA, will have no significant impact on the natural or human environment after the public comment period, a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) will be issued by NPS.
Beginning on Wednesday July 27, 2016, the Draft EA will be available for review on the City’s website and in person during normal business hours at the City of Springfield Office of Procurement located at Springfield City Hall, 36 Court Street, Room 307, Springfield, MA, at the City of Springfield Library Main Branch, located at 220 State Street, Springfield, MA, and at the City of Springfield’s Department of Parks, Buildings, and Recreation Management office at 200 Trafton Road (within Forest Park), Springfield, MA. The comment period will last for 30 days, ending on Thursday August 25, 2016 at 5:00 PM. Comments on the Draft EA can be submitted by mail to: Patrick Sullivan, City of Springfield Department of Parks, Buildings, and Recreation Management, 200 Trafton Road, Springfield, MA 01108, or by email to email@example.com. Please reference “NPS Senior Center EA” in your communications.