City of Minneapolis- City
COMBINED PUBLIC NOTICE
NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST THE RELEASE OF FUNDS
Published March 6, 2021 in Finance & Commerce
Finance and Commerce
March 6, 2021)
City of Minneapolis, Minnesota
301M City Hall
350 South Fifth St.
Minneapolis, MN 55415
This Notice shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the City of Minneapolis.
Request for Release of Funds
On or about March 22, 2021 the City of Minneapolis will submit a request to release funds to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development- Minneapolis Field Office (HUD). The request will seek the release of HUD Project-based Housing Vouchers and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funding to support the construction of Bloom Lake Flats at 3020 16th Avenue South in Minneapolis, MN, Hennepin County.
Bloom Lake Flats is a proposed 42-unit, new construction supportive housing project for families and individuals with HIV/AIDS. Clare Housing will be the service provider with Project for Pride in Living, Inc developing the site. Most of the property site is vacated parking lots and two vacant residential properties at 3036 and 3040 16th Avenue South that will be demolished. The project will target people living with HIV/AIDs who are formerly homeless or struggling to find stable housing. The building will feature a mix of unit sizes including 17 studios, 10 one-bedroom units and 11 two-bedroom units, and 4 three-bedroom units. The proposed development will be four stories tall. The building will include a large community room with a small kitchen, supportive services and management offices, a front desk staffed 24/7, workspace and a private flex room that can be used as meeting room or a wellness space all located on the first floor. The structure will also house a bike room and underground parking. The project will receive twenty-five HUD project-based voucher units made available under the authority of Section 8(o)(13) of the U.S. Housing Act of 1937 (42U.S.C. 1437f(o)(13)) and $150,000 of Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS funding made available under the authority of the AIDS Housing Opportunity Act (42 U.S.C. 12901 et seq.)
Finding of No Significant Impact
The City of Minneapolis 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 (NEPA) of 1969 is not required. Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR). Due to the pandemic related to COVID-19, the ERR will be made available to the public for review electronically. Please submit a request by email to email@example.com in order to make viewing arrangements. The ERR can also be accessed online at the following website https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/environmental-review/environmental-review-records
Any individual, group, or agency disagreeing with this determination or wishing to comment on the project may submit written comments on the ERR electronically or arrange to provide comments by alternative means by contacting Matt Bower, Minneapolis Office of Grants and Special Projects, Phone: (612) 673-2188; email: firstname.lastname@example.org. All electronic or alternatively submitted comments received by March 21, 2021 will be considered by the City of Minneapolis prior to submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.
Release of Funds
The City of Minneapolis certifies to the U. S. Department of Housing & Urban Development that Mark Ruff in his capacity as City Coordinator 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. U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development's acceptance of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and allows the City of Minneapolis to use federal funds.
Objections to Release of Funds
The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development-Minneapolis Field Office will accept objections to its release of funds and the City of Minneapolis' certification for a period of fifteen days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if it is on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the City of Minneapolis; (b) the City of Minneapolis 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 incurred costs not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development; 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 required procedures (24 CFR Part 58) and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, shall be electronically sent to Marcia Kolb at the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development-Minneapolis Field Office at CPD_COVID-19OEE-MIN@hud.gov . Potential objectors should contact U. S. Department of Housing & Urban Development-Minneapolis Field Office to verify the actual last day of the objection period.
Mark Ruff, City Coordinator