NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND
NOTICE OF INTENT TO
REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS
Date Published: March 20, 2014
TO ALL INTERESTED PARTIES, GROUPS AND PERSONS:
The purpose of this notice is to satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by Hennepin County. On or about April 7, 2014, Hennepin County will request the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to release Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, and HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funds under Title II of the National Affordable Housing Act, as amended, to undertake a project known as Medina Townhomes as described below:
Dominium Development, on behalf of the to be created partnership, will acquire property at 510 Clydesdale Trail in the city of Medina to construct Medina Townhomes. Medina Townhomes will be a 32 unit townhome development consisting of one and two story townhome buildings with brick and hardie board siding exterior components. Of the total 32 units, 11 units will be affordable to families with incomes at or below 50% of Area Median Income (AMI) and 9 units will be affordable to families at or below 30% of AMI. Of the 9, 4 units will be set aside for residents who have experienced chronic long-term homelessness. The project will have a total development cost of approximately $6.9 million, which will include up to $190,000 of CDBG funds and $450,000 of HOME funds.
FINDING OF NO
Hennepin County has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment. Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Action of 1969 (NEPA) is not required. Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) on file at the office of Hennepin County Housing, Community Works & Transit, 701 Fourth Avenue South, Suite 400, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55415-1843, telephone 612-348-2205, where the record is available for review and may be examined or copied between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
PUBLIC COMMENTS ON FINDING
Any individual, group, or agency disagreeing with this determination or wishing to comment on the project may submit written comments to Hennepin County Housing, Community Works & Transit. Such written comments will be accepted until April 4, 2014. All such comments received will be considered and Hennepin County will not request the release of Federal funds or take any administrative action on the project prior to the date specified in the preceding sentence.
RELEASE OF FUNDS
Hennepin County certifies to HUD that David Hough, in his official capacity as County Administrator, consents to accept the jurisdiction of the federal courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. HUDs approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and related laws and authorities, and allows Hennepin County to use HOME funds.
RELEASE OF FUNDS
HUD will accept objections to its release of funds and the Hennepin County 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 Hennepin County; (b) Hennepin County 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 has committed funds or incurred costs 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 procedure (24 CFR Part 58) and shall be addressed to the HUD grant administration office at 920 Second Avenue South, Suite 1300, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402. Objections to the release of funds, on the basis other than those stated above will not be considered by HUD. Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.
Hennepin County Administrator
A 2300 Government Center
300 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55487-1362
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