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 SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS

Date of Notice: February 13, 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 March 5, 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: AWF Annex

Purpose: Allegheny West Foundation proposes the acquisition and renovation of a 3,300 square foot, two-story former school annex building for use as a restaurant space.

Location: 2850-52 North 22nd Street

Estimated Cost: The estimated total project cost is $705,869.

$113,869 will be CDBG-Act II funding;
$180,000 will be a Cap Project Loan;
$412,000 will be CDBG funded through the Commerce Department.

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 March 2, 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 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 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, Deputy Director
City of Philadelphia,  Division of Housing and Community Development