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COMBINED NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS

April 15, 2017

New York State Homes & Community Renewal
New York State Housing Trust Fund Corporation
38-40 State Street
Albany, New York 12207
Tel.: 518-486-3379

This Notice shall satisfy the above-cited two separate but related procedural notification requirements.


REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS

On or about May 2, 2017, the New York State Homes & Community Renewal, through the New York State Housing Trust Fund Corporation (HTFC), will submit a request to the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of 8 Project-Based Vouchers under section 8(o)(13) of the U.S. Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C.1437f(o)(13)), in accordance with section 288 (42 U.S.C. 12838), to authorize New Destiny Housing Corporation to undertake a project known as 902 Jennings, for purposes of demolition and new construction of an 8-story, 42 unit residential building for low-income residents and homeless families, located at 902-906 Jennings Street, City of New York, Bronx County with an estimated total project cost of $16,751,972.

 

FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT

HCR 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 

Morrisana Library
610 East 169th Street
Bronx, New York 10456
Tel.: 718-589-9268

and may be examined or copied Monday – Thursday, 10 A.M. to 7 P.M. and Friday – Saturday, 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.

The ERR can also be obtained by e-mailing heather.spitzberg@nyshcr.org.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to Heather Spitzberg, either by mail to Environmental Analysis Unit, NYS Housing Trust Fund Corporation, 38-40 State Street, Albany, New York, 12207 or by E-mail to heather.spitzberg@nyshcr.org. All comments received by May 1, 2017 will be considered by HCR prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Those wishing to comment should specify which part of this Notice they are addressing.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION

HCR certifies to HUD that Ms. Heather Spitzberg, Esq. in her capacity as Certifying Officer 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 New Destiny Housing Corporation to use Program funds.

 

OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS

HUD will consider objections to its release of funds and HCR’s certification received by May 17, 2017 or for a period of fifteen days following 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 HCR; (b) HCR 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 project have 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:

NY Office of Public Housing
Attn: Luigi D’Ancona, Director
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
26 Federal Plaza – Room 32-116
New York, New York 10278-0068  

Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

Ms. Heather Spitzberg, Esq.
Certifying Officer

April 15, 2017


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