COMBINED NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNFICANT IMPACT AND
NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS
Date of Publication: January 30, 2018
City of San Antonio
1400 South Flores
San Antonio, Texas 78204
These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the San Antonio Housing Authority.
REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS
On or after February 16, 2018, the City of San Antonio will authorize the San Antonio Housing Authority to submit a request to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of Housing Opportunities for People Everywhere (HOPE VI) - Urban Revitalization Demonstration Program funds under Title II of the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, as amended, to undertake the following project:
Project Title: Mirasol - Villas de Fortuna
Purpose: The Villas de Fortuna subdivision includes 46 single family homes. The homes are located within the west side of San Antonio, along Precious Street, to the north of Fortuna. The purpose of the HOPE VI grant funded project was to provide homeownership opportunities and affordable single family homes to low and moderate income household whose income was at or below 80% of the area median income. San Antonio Housing Authority (SAHA) subcontracted the management and construction of the homes. Once the homes were constructed and sold or leased, it became evident that the homes were not constructed to specification and to the appropriate standards. In 2011, a settlement was accepted to recover damages and provide funds to rebuild the subdivision. Of these 46 single family homes, SAHA owns 28 and the remainder are owned by private individuals who have decided to keep their homes. The proposed action only pertains to the 28 SAHA owned homes, which are referred to as “the site” within the environmental review document.
Location: 28 single family homes located on Precious St., San Antonio, Texas 78237:
402 Precious 410 Precious 411 Precious 418 Precious
423 Precious 427 Precious 439 Precious 440 Precious
443 Precious 444 Precious 447 Precious 448 Precious
452 Precious 455 Precious 458 Precious 459 Precious
462 Precious 463 Precious 467 Precious 470 Precious
471 Precious 475 Precious 503 Precious 506 Precious
507 Precious 514 Precious 518 Precious 519 Precious
Project Description: This project will provide homeownership opportunities and affordable single family homes to low income and moderate income households. The San Antonio Housing Authority proposes to demolish the existing SAHA owned homes, remove all demolition related debris, and construct 28 new single family homes within the same lots as those that are demolished. The total square footage of the new homes will vary based upon floor plan and lot size. The square footage for each of the homes will range from 1,172 to 1,722 square feet. The proposed homes will either be one or two-story and the current residents of the subdivision have provided input as to the design and floor plans of these future homes.
Project Issues: The proposed project introduces short-term water quality impacts in the project area due to soil disturbance associated with the demolition of the existing homes and construction of the new ones. Additionally, due to the potential soil composition of the area, mitigation measures should be in place to ensure that foundations are engineered to meet the characteristics of the soils so that foundations are not compromised.
Mitigation Measures/Conditions/Permits (if any): Mitigation Measures/Conditions/Permits (if any): To mitigate the short-term impacts associated with water quality due to soil disturbance, authorization under the Texas National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Construction General Permit (TXR150000) will be obtained and erosion control and stormwater quality measures enacted to prevent soils from leaving the site and impairing stormwater quality with sediment loading during a rain event. Authorization under the TXR15000 includes submitting a Notice of Intent, preparing and implementing a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan, and posting a copy of the Site Notice at entrance to the site. To mitigate for the potential soil composition of the area, prior to engineering of concrete foundations for the new homes, the exact characteristics of the soil should be determined through geotechnical soil analysis. This information will assist with the engineering of and the pouring of the foundations by taking into account bearing capacity, lateral loads, uniform loads, and point loads on the soil. The number and location of soil analysis locations will be determined by a licensed engineer and/or professional geologist.
Estimated Project Cost: Total project costs are anticipated to be $4,000,000 dollars. The total estimated HUD HOPE VI cost is $4,000,000 dollars.
FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
The City of San Antonio 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 City of San Antonio Neighborhood and Housing Services Department, Division of Grants Monitoring & Administration, 1400 South Flores, San Antonio, TX 78204, and at the San Antonio Housing Authority, 818 S. Flores, San Antonio, TX 78204, and may be examined or copied weekdays 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Any individual, group, or agency disagreeing with this determination or wishing to comment on the project may submit written comments to the City of San Antonio, Neighborhood and Housing Services Department, Division of Grants Monitoring & Administration, 1400 S. Flores Street, San Antonio, Texas 78204. All comments received by February 15, 2018 will be considered by the City of San Antonio 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 San Antonio certifies to HUD that Laura Salinas-Martinez, 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 the San Antonio Housing Authority to use HUD program funds.
OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS
HUD will accept objections to its release of funds and the City of San Antonio’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 San Antonio; (b) the City of San Antonio 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; 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, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed to HUD Office of Public and Indian Housing at 615 East Houston Street, San Antonio, Texas 78205-2001. Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.
Laura Salinas-Martinez, Certifying Officer