Notices of Finding of No Significant Impact & Intent to Request Release of Funds

City of Holyoke

Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact

and

Notice of Intent to Request Release of Funds

Date of Notice:                                                  March 4, 2021

Name of Responsible Entity [RE]                City of Holyoke through its Office for Community Development on behalf of the Holyoke Housing Authority

Address (e.g., Street No. or P.O. Box)      City Hall Annex, Room 400

Holyoke MA 01040

Telephone Number of RE                              413‐322‐5610

Project Name:                                                   Jackson Street Homes and Parking Lot

480‐482 Chestnut Street, Holyoke MA

By the Holyoke Housing Authority

These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the City of Holyoke.

PLAIN LANGUAGE EXPLANATION

The City of Holyoke is informing the public about an environmental review done for the proposed Jackson Street Homes and Parking Lot proposed by the Holyoke Housing Authority at 480‐482 Chestnut Street, Holyoke MA . The Holyoke HA proposed construction of three single family homes and a parking lot. This review was done to meet the requirements of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The environmental review looked at the project’s effects on the people and community and determined that the project will have no significant impact as related to 24 CFR Part 58. This process must be completed so that the City of Holyoke is authorized to use HUD Capital Funds.

REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS

On or about March 24, 2021, the City of Holyoke will submit a request to HUD‐ Boston for the release of HUD PH Capital Funds, to undertake a project known as Jackson Street Homes and Parking Lot as described above. The total project budget is $1,218,630.00 with $873,950.00. in HUD PH Capital Funds, $120,000.00 from Holyoke Community Preservation Act funds, $4680. from Massachusetts Housing Partnership as well as project partner equity.

FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT

The City of Holyoke has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment as this determination pertains to 24 CFR Part 58. 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 the City of Holyoke Office for Community Development, City Hall Annex, Room 400, Holyoke MA. City Hall Annex is currently closed to the public due to the pandemic.

Due to the COVID‐19 Pandemic, a copy of the ERR will be mailed to anyone person requesting to review it. To have a copy of the ERR provided by U.S. mail to you, at no cost, for review, please call Jay Viamari (413‐636‐2236) or email .

Copies of the ERR may also be picked up in person at the Holyoke Housing Authority, 475 Maple Street, Holyoke, MA by

making a request to Jay Viamari, Tighe & Bond at 413‐636‐2236.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written or verbal comments on the Environmental Review Record to the

Holyoke Housing Authority’s Environmental Consultant:

Tighe & Bond

Attn: Jay Viamari

53 Southampton Road

Westfield MA 01085

413‐636‐2236

Comments may be submitted in writing by mail to the address above, by email to the email address above, or provided verbally by calling the telephone number above. Commenters are urged to confirm receipt of their comments.

All comments received by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday March 23, 2021 at Tighe & Bond will be considered by the City of Holyoke 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 Holyoke certifies to HUD‐Boston that Mayor Alex B. Morse in his capacity as Mayor 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‐ Boston’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows City of Holyoke to use Community Development Block Grant funds.

OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS AND CERTIFICATION

HUD‐ Boston will accept objections to its release of funds and the City of Holyoke’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 Holyoke; (b) the City of Holyoke 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 development process have committed funds, incurred costs or undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by HUD‐ Boston; 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.

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

Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed to HUD at:

CPD_COVID‐190EE‐ Attn: Robert Shumeyko.

Potential objectors should contact HUD‐ Boston at CPD_COVID‐190EE‐ to verify the actual last day of the objection period. Due to COVID‐19 Pandemic, correspondence with HUD is via email.

Name and Title of RE Certifying Officer:

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Mayor Alex B. Morse‐ March 4, 2021