Legal Notices

The Division of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) wants public input on the actions it takes and the decisions it makes. Sometimes that input takes place at a public hearing. In other instances we ask the public to submit written comments. In all cases DHCD’s requests for input will be found here.

DHCD has one legal notice at this time.

Notice of Finding Of No Signficant Impact and
Notice of Intent To Request Release Of Funds

Date of Notice: November 30, 2017

City of Philadelphia
Division of Housing and Community Development
1234 Market Street, 17th Floor, Philadelphia, PA  19107

These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the City of Philadelphia’s Division of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) .

Request For Release Of Funds 

On or about December 18, 2017 , the City of Philadelphia will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds under Title II of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act, as amended, and the City of Philadelphia will authorize the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) to submit to HUD a request for release of funds under Section 9 funds under the United States Housing Act of 1937, as amended, to undertake the following housing project:

Project Title: New Markets West and The Apartments at New Market West

Purpose:   New Market West will be a newly constructed 5-story 93,000 square foot LEED-certified commercial building with retail space and an early childhood education center on the ground floor, office space on the second through fourth floors, and one level of underground parking.  The building will include a spacious promenade along Market Street for community events and a green roof. The Apartments at New Market West will be a newly constructed 53,000 square foot residential building containing 41 one apartments affordable to low-income individuals and families. It will include amenities for residents on the ground floor including a community room, fitness room, and a management/supportive service office. The building will receive Enterprise Green Communities certification and will include six apartments accessible to people with mobility impairments. The project is located in the Haddington section of West Philadelphia.  It will be constructed on a 1.5 acre vacant lot one-half block from 60th and Market Street on SEPTA’s Market-Frankford line. The commercial portion will begin construction first, with the Apartments to follow.

Location:  5901-31 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19139

Estimated Cost: The development budget is approximately $65,000,000, $50,000,000 for the commercial portion and $15,000,000 for the residential portion.  The sources for the commercial portion include a $2,200,000 HUD Section 108 Loan, a $2,000,000 HUD Brownfield Economic Development Initiative Grant, and a $500,000 in CDBG funds. The sources for the residential portion include $1,500,000 in HOME/CDBG funds.

Finding Of No Significant Impact

The City of Philadelphia 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 the City of Philadelphia Planning Commission, 1515 Arch Street, 13th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19102 and may be examined or copied weekdays 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.

Public Comments 

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to DHCD.  All comments received by December 18, 2017  will be considered by the DHCD prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.  Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.

Environmental Certification

The City of Philadelphia certifies to HUD that Melissa Long, in her capacity as DHCD’s Deputy Director, consents 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 Philadelphia and the PHA to use Program funds.

Objections To Release Of Funds 

HUD will accept objections to its release of funds and the the City’s certification 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  (b) the City 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) and shall be addressed to HUD, Office of Community Planning and Development and/or Office of Public and Indian Housing, as applicacble.  HUD is located in the Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA 19107-3380.  Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

Melissa Long, Deputy Director
City of Philadelphia,  Division of Housing and Community Development