DATE OF NOTICE FEBRUARY 9, 2018
Malden Redevelopment Authority
17 Pleasant Street, 3rd Floor
Malden, MA 02148
Nick Pernice, Environmental Specialist (781) 324-5720
Grant Number: MALHB0650-17
TO ALL INTERESTED AGENCIES, GROUPS AND PERSONS:
These notices shall satisfy procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the Malden Redevelopment Authority.
REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS
On or about February 21, 2018, the Malden Redevelopment Authority (MRA) will request the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the release of The Lead Based Paint Hazard Control Grant Program authorized by Sec. 1011 of the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992 (Title X of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1992), 42 U.S.C. 4852 and funding is provided by the Consolidated Appropriation Act, 2017 (Public Law 115-31), approved May 5, 2017. The Healthy Homes Supplemental funding is authorized under Section 502 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1970 (12 U.S.C. 1701 z-2), for the following multi-year program/project: Malden Redevelopment Authority’s Lead Paint Abatement Program, a housing rehabilitation program focused on reducing lead-based paint hazards with a period of performance of February 1, 2018 through January 31, 2020.
This program will make funds available to investor-owners and home owners utilizing HUD's Lead Based Paint Hazard Control Grant and Healthy Homes funds. Low and moderate income families with children are and remain the principal beneficiaries of the abatement program. Structures containing lead-based paint hazards will be treated in accordance with both HUD regulations and Massachusetts General Laws. The purpose of the grant is to perform lead-based paint and other housing-based health hazard testing and assessment, hazard reduction and clearance of up to 100 units in the City of Malden. Additionally, up to 64 units will be assisted with Healthy Homes grant funds with interventions such as lead water service line replacement, radon assessment and remediation, and/or mold assessment and remediation.
The target area is contained to single and multi-family units in the following highest need census tracts: 3411.01, 3411.02, 3413, 3414, 3415, 3416, 3417, 3419.01; which represent 8 of the 11 Census Tracts in the City of Malden.
The MRA is requesting the release of $1,367,085.22, which includes a Healthy Home supplement of $188,000, over a period of performance from 2/1/18 – 1/31/20. Additionally, the MRA is providing a match of $118,015.98.
The proposed hazard control activities to be funded under this/these program(s) is/are categorically excluded from the National Environmental Policy Act requirements, but subject to compliance with some of the environmental laws and authorities listed at § 58.5 of 24 CFR Part 58. In accordance with §58.15, a tiered review process has been structured, whereby some environmental laws and authorities have been reviewed and studied for the intended target area(s) listed above. Other applicable environmental laws and authorities will be complied with, when individual projects are ripe for review. Specifically, the target area(s) has/have been studied and are in compliance with the following laws and authorities have been established in this Tier 1 review. These include: Air Quality, Airport Hazards, Floodplain Management, Coastal Barriers Resource Act, Noise Abatement and Control, Sole Source Aquifers, Wetlands Protection, Wild and Scenic Rivers, Environmental Justice, Endangered Species, Farmland Protection, and Coastal Zone Management Act. In the Tiered 2 review, compliance with the following environmental laws and authorities will take place for proposed projects funded under the program(s) listed above: Historic Preservation, Floodplain Management, National Flood Insurance Program requirements, Explosive & Flammable Operations, toxics/hazardous materials. Should individual aggregate projects exceed the threshold for categorical exclusion detailed at §58.35(a), an Environmental Assessment will be completed and a separate Finding of No Significant Impact and Request for Release of Funds published. Copies of the compliance documentation worksheets are available at the address below.
An Environmental Review Record (ERR) that documents the environmental determination for this project, and more fully describes the tiered review process cited above, is on file at the Malden Redevelopment Authority, 17 Pleasant St, 3rd Floor, Malden, MA 02148 and will be available for review, and may be examined or copied weekdays: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Tuesday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to Npernice@maldenredevelopment.com. All comments received by February 20, 2018 will be considered by the MRA prior to authorizing submission of a Request for Release of Funds and Environmental Certification to HUD.
RELEASE OF FUNDS
The MRA certifies to HUD that Deborah A. Burke in her official capacity as Executive Director of the MRA 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 MRA to utilize federal funds and implement the Program.
OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS
HUD will consider objections to its release of funds and the MRA certification for a period of fifteen days following either the anticipated submission date (cited above) or HUD’s actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if the objections are on one of the following bases: (a) that the Certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the MRA (b) the MRA has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58; (c) the MRA has committed funds or incurred costs not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by HUD; (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 may be addressed to HUD as follows: Karen M. Griego, U.S. Department of HUD, Office of Lead Hazard Control & Healthy Homes, Program Environmental Clearance Officer 500 Gold Avenue SW, 7th Floor, Suite 7301, Albuquerque, NM 87103-0906. Potential objectors may contact HUD directly to verify the actual last day of the objection/comment period.
Deborah A. Burke
Executive Director, MRA