Details for US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Rural Development
WELLSPIRE-DEWITT, LLC: Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment and Final Public Notice for
Potential Impacts to Wetlands and Floodplains
AGENCY: Rural Utilities Service (RUS), USDA
ACTION: Construction of a Replacement Skilled Nursing Facility and Senior Housing Expansion
SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the RUS, as required by the National Environmental Policy Act, is issuing
an environmental assessment (EA) in connection with possible impacts related to a project proposed by WellSpire-DeWitt, LLC, of Johnston, IA. The proposal is for construction of a replacement skilled nursing facility and
senior housing expansion located at Clinton County Parcel No. 2014012111, on the west side of Maynard Way in
the City of DeWitt, IA. WellSpire-DeWitt, LLC has submitted an application to RUS for funding of the proposal.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julie Ford, Area Specialist, USDA Rural Development, 127 W.
South Street, Tipton, IA 52772-1661, (563) 886-6006 Ext. 402, Julie.Ford@usda.gov.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: WellSpire-DeWitt, LLC proposes to construct a stand-alone, one-story,
approximately 94,962 square-foot skilled nursing and senior housing facility with financial assistance from the
USDA. The new facility will serve seniors across the continuum of care by providing 70 long-term care beds
and 21 assisted living units for a total of 91 units. Major parts of the facility include a town center, kitchen, and
administrative unit surrounded by three long-term care cottage wings, one memory long-term care cottage wing,
and an assisted living wing. The center of the complex will contain a healing garden community courtyard. The
site design also includes two ponds and several aboveground parking areas surrounded by roads that form a
loop around the facility and connect to existing and proposed public roads. Although not proposed as part of
USDA-financed initial construction, an anticipated second part of the project involves an 8.3-acre expansion of the
campus to include independent living residences.
Ayres Associates, Inc, an environmental consultant, prepared an EA for RUS that describes the project, assesses
the proposed project’s environmental impacts, and summarizes as applicable any mitigation measures used to
minimize environmental effects. RUS has assessed the environmental impacts of this proposal and determined
that the location of the skilled nursing and senior housing facility will convert or effect a wetland. In accordance
with Executive Order 11990, Protection of Wetlands, and USDA Departmental Regulation 9500-3, Land Use
Policy, the Agency is notifying the interested public of this land conversion. It has been determined that there is
no practicable alternative to avoiding this conversion or effect and that there is a significant need for the proposal.
The basis of this determination is that the proposed building configuration is crucial to optimizing patient care,
the proposed site does not provide sufficient space for alternative positioning of the building, and alternative sites
evaluated were determined to be too small or too far from necessary utilities to support the proposal.
Additionally, RUS has determined that the location of proposed facility will convert or affect a floodplain or critical
action floodplain. In accordance with Executive Order 11988, Floodplain Management and USDA Departmental
Regulation 9500-3, Land Use Policy, the Agency is notifying the interested public of this land conversion. It has
been determined that there is no practicable alternative to avoiding this conversion or effect and that there is a
significant need for the proposal. The basis of this determination is that although a floodplain overlaps the western
portion of the proposed project site, the floodplain lies outside of the boundaries of proposed ground disturbance
and stormwater discharges from the proposed facility would be directed to stormwater management basins
engineered for 100-year storm events, thereby avoiding discharges of stormwater to the floodplain. No comments
regarding wetlands or floodplains were received during the 14-day preliminary public comment period announced
in The Observer on May 25 and June 3, 2020.
RUS has conducted an independent evaluation of the EA and believes that it accurately assesses the impacts of
the proposed project. No significant impacts are expected as a result of the construction of the project.
The EA can be reviewed at the following locations: DeWitt City Hall, 510 9th Street, DeWitt, IA 52742,
(563) 659-3811.
Questions and comments should be sent to RUS at the address provided. RUS will accept questions and comments on the environmental assessment for 14 days from the date of publication of this notice.
Any final action by RUS related to the proposed project will be subject to, and contingent upon, compliance with
all relevant Federal environmental laws and regulations and completion of environmental review procedures as
prescribed by 7 CFR Part 1970, Environmental Policies and Procedures.
A general location map of the proposal is shown below.

Dated: July 22, 2020