NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS
August 19, 2021
North Suburban HOME Consortium
c/o Malden City Hall
215 Pleasant Street, Third Floor
Malden, Massachusetts 02148
Telephone # 781-324-5720
These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development (OSPCD), as agent for and representative member of, the North Suburban HOME Consortium.
REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS
On or about September 6, 2021 the OSPCD will submit requests to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of HOME funds available through the HOME Investment Partnerships Act, under Title II of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. 12701 et. Seq. as amended, to undertake the development of affordable housing within its jurisdiction. The total amount of HOME funding is estimated to be $782,000. These funds will be utilized for the development of three (3) new rental housing units for households earning 60% or less of the Area Median Income at Lot 226, 701-703 Fellsway West, Medford, MA 02155. The three (3) unit proposed rental building will also include parking and common laundry. All three (3) units will be HOME-assisted units restricted for a term of 30 years. There will be one (1) one-bedroom unit and two (2) three-bedroom units. Additional public funding is expected to include Medford Community Preservation Act funds. The project sponsor is Medford Community Housing, Inc, a local Community Housing Development Organization. The total estimated project cost is approximately $1,696,203.
FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
The OSPCD, through consultation with The Cloudburst Group, 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) and is available for review upon request at the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development, Malden City Hall, 215 Pleasant Street, Third Floor, Malden, MA 02148 or online at:https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/environmental-review/environmental.... Please submit your request to review the ERR through an alternative method to Alexis Turgeon, HOME Director, Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any individual, group, or agency disagreeing with this determination or wishing to comment on this activity may submit written comments to the OSPCD at the respective email address indicated above. All comments received by September 5, 2021 will be considered by OSPCD prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which notice they are addressing.
RELEASE OF FUNDS
The OSPCD, as agent for and representative member of the North Suburban Consortium, certifies to HUD that Gary Christenson in his capacity as Mayor of the City of Malden, 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 OSPCD to use Program funds.
OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS
HUD will consider objections to its release of funds and this 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 OSPCD; (b) the North Suburban HOME Consortium 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 via email in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed to Office of CPD - HUD at Bosenvironmental@hud.gov Potential objectors should contact the HUD office via email to verify the actual last day of the objection period.
Gary Christenson, Mayor, City of Malden, MA