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 two legal notices.


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

Date of Notice: October 12, 2018

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).

City of Philadelphia
Division of Housing and Community Development
1234 Market Street, 17th Floor
Philadelphia, PA  19107
215-686-9760 

REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS

On or about October 31, 2018 , 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: Liberty 52: Community Integration, a passive Housing Project

Purpose:  Liberty Housing Development Corp is proposing a housing project that will create a 3-story, 24 unit building of permanent, affordable housing for the disabled and for seniors 55+.  Funding mechanisms will include an internal rental subsidy reserve to subsidize four units for homeless individuals.  Liberty 52 will set aside six units for disabled individuals transitioning out of nursing homes and into independent living. On-site supportive services will be available to assist residents with this transition.

Location:  616-36 N. 52nd St. and 5208-28 Poplar St., Philadelphia, PA 19131

Estimated Cost: The total project cost is estimated to be $10,147,323.  The Philadelphia Housing Authority will provide Section 9 Public Housing Operating subsidy for 24 units in an amount not to exceed $500 per unit per month.

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 October 30, 2018  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 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 applicable.  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, Director
City of Philadelphia,  Division of Housing and Community Development


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

Date of Notice: October 2, 2018

City of Philadelphia
Division of Housing and Community Development
1234 Market Street, 17th Floor
Philadelphia, PA  19107
215-686-9760 

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 October 22, 2018 , 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: Willard School

Purpose:   The Willard School project will involve the adaptive reuse and rehabilitation of the existing old Frances Willard School, a four-story, mid-rise two elevator building. The gross building area is 50,902 GSF.  There will be 42 affordable housing units, consisting of 30 efficiency units and 12 one-bedroom units. Each unit will have its own private kitchen and bathroom.  There will be 11 parking spaces. All units will be visitable with six mobility units and two sensory units. The applicant for this project, Project HOME, is experienced in offering transitional housing to the homeless throughout Philadelphia.

In addition to the building rehabilitation, the team will construct a one-story, 1208 sf, rectangular lobby addition and first floor infill in the center of the south elevation, in the location of the existing open, paved lot. The addition will contain the lobby, serving as the accessible entry to the building, which is necessary for the viability of the project. On the exterior, the addition will have a brown brick base and multi-light aluminum storefront windows with surrounding metal panels above. It will be approximately the same height as the existing first floor and significantly recessed from the prominent east and west elevations to clearly remain as a secondary resource. The addition provides for necessary lobby space without compromising any of the exterior historic configuration of the first floor.

Location: 1920 E. Orleans Street, Philadelphia, PA 19134

Estimated Cost: Estimated Total Project Cost (HUD and non-HUD funds) is $14,050,000. Estimated total HUD funded amount is $2,000,000 of HOME funding. The PHA will provide Section 9 Public Housing Operating subsidy for 27 units in an amount not to exceed $500 per unit per month.

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 October 19, 2018  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 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 City’s certification for a period of 15 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 applicable. 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, Director
City of Philadelphia, Division of Housing and Community Development