NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS
September 30, 2011
City of Albany, Georgia
P.O. Box 447
Albany, Georgia 31702
These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the City of Albany, Georgia.
REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS
On or about October 17, 2011, the City of Albany, Georgia will submit a request to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development for the release of HOME Program funds under the Title II of the Cranston-Gonzales National Affordable Housing Act, as amended, and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act (HCDA) of 1974, as amended, to undertake a project known as North Broadway Street Duplexes located at the 300 block of N. Broadway Street. The City of Albany proposes to build two duplexes that will provide safe and affordable housing in the continued effort of revitalizing the 300 block of N. Broadway Street. The estimated cost for this project is $300,000.
FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
The City of Albany, Georgia 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 City of Albany’s Community and Economic Development Department, 230 South Jackson St., Suite 315 and may be examined or copied weekdays 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Any individual, group, or agency disagreeing with this determination or wishing to comment on the project may submit written comments to the City of Albany Community and Economic Development, 230 South Jackson St., Suite 315, Albany, GA 31701-2872. All comments received by October 17, 2011 will be considered by the City of Albany Community and Economic Development prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.
RELEASE OF FUNDS
The City of Albany, Georgia certifies to HUD that James Taylor, in his capacity as City Manager, 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 Albany, Georgia to use or authorize the use of program funds for the purpose identified in this notice.
OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS
HUD will accept objections to its release of funds and the City of Albany’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 of Albany, Georgia; (b) the City of Albany, Georgia 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 procedures (24 CFR Part 58) and shall be addressed to HUD grant administration office at United States Department of Housing and Urban Development at 40 Marietta Street, 17th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303. Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.
RE Certifying Officer
James L. Taylor