Thursday, September 25, 2014

Public Notice - City of Richmond Department of Economic & Community Development

 
NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNFICANT IMPACT AND NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS

September 25, 2014

City of Richmond, VA
Dept. of Economic & Community Development
Division of Neighborhood Revitalization
1500 E. Main Street, Suite 400
Richmond, Virginia 23219
804-646-7025

These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the City of Richmond.


REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS

On or about October 13, 2014, the City of Richmond will submit a request to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of Community Development Block Grant funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended and HOME Investment Partnership under Title II of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act of 1990, as amended, to undertake a project(s) known as: 

Mimosa Creek – SCDHC $300,000 for site preparation, infrastructure improvements, new construction of houses, disposition and down payment assistance in the Bellemeade NIB.

Church Hill Model Block Partnership – BHC - $180,000 for new construction of houses, disposition in the Church Hill NIB. Church Hill Model Block Partnership – PH - $180,000 for new construction of houses, disposition in the Church Hill NIB. Matthews At Chestnut Hill - SCDHC - $500,000 for new construction of houses, infrastructure improvements, disposition and down payment assistance for housing in Highland Park NIB. Rose Corridor Partnership Development – PH - $225,000 for new construction of houses and disposition in the Rose Avenue Corridor. Rose Corridor Partnership Development – BHC - $225,000 for new construction of houses and disposition in the Rose Avenue, Richmond ARC Park – $140,000 for Public Facility accessible park. 

On or about October 13, 2014, the County of Chesterfield will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of Community Development Block Grant funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, to undertake a project known as: Richmond ARC Park – $70,000 for Public Facility accessible park. 


FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT

The City of Richmond has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment.  Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required.  Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) on file at Neighborhood Revitalization Division, Department of Economic and Community Development, City of Richmond, 1500 E. Main Street, Suite 400, Richmond, Virginia 23219 phone: (804) 646-7025, facsimile: (804) 646-6358, electronic mail: daniel.mouer@richmondgov.com and may be examined or copied weekdays 8:00A.M to 5:00P.M.



 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the Daniel Mouer, Project Development Manager of the Neighborhood Revitalization Division, Department of Economic and Community Development, City of Richmond, 1500 E. Main Street, Suite 400, Richmond, Virginia 23219 phone: (804) 646-7025, facsimile: (804) 646-6358, electronic mail: Daniel.mouer@richmondgov.com.  All comments received by 5:00PM, October 10, 2014;  will be considered by the City of Richmond prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.  Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.


 

ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION

The City of Richmond certifies to HUD that Christopher Beschler in his capacity as Interim Chief Administrative Officer , James J. L. Stegmaier in his capacity as County Administrator, County of Chesterfield consent to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied.  HUD’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the City of Richmond and County of Chesterfield to use program funds.



 
OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS

HUD will accept objections to its release of funds and the City of Richmond’s and Count of Chesterfield’s certifications for a period of fifteen days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the City of Richmond; (b) the City of Richmond has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR part 58; (c) the grant recipient or other participants in the development process have committed funds, incurred costs or undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by HUD; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality.  Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed to HUD at 600 E. Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219-1800, Attention: Mr. Ronnie J. Legette, Sr., Director, Community Planning and Development Division.  Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

Christopher Beschler, Interim Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Richmond
James J.L. Stegmaier, County Administrator for the County of Chesterfield