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Published on Wednesday, August 07, 2019

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

City of San Antonio
1400 South Flores
San Antonio, Texas 78204
(210) 207-6600

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

Request for Release of Funds

On or after August 23, 2019, the City of San Antonio will submit a request to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to undertake the following project:

Project Title: House of Neighborly Service Facility Improvements

Location: 407 N. Calaveras Street, San Antonio, Texas 78210

Project Description: House of Neighborly Service is proposing to utilize CDBG funds to rehabilitate the House of Neighborly Service facility, located at 407 N. Calaveras St., San Antonio, Texas 78207 in City Council District 5. House of Neighborly Service is a multi-service, non-profit organization serving residents of the Westside area of San Antonio from infancy through retirement. Through a variety of programs, House of Neighborly Service works to prevent and reduce child abuse and neglect, prepare children for success in school, facilitate the mental and physical health for seniors, feed the hungry, and provide resource and referral assistance. The existing House of Neighborly Service facility has been in use for nearly a century and is in need of major building repairs. The proposed project would: upgrade and expand classrooms; designate space for interventions and therapies; install a fully equipped, newly air conditioned kitchen and increase food pantry storage; and construct a new center that can accommodate more seniors. The proposed improvements would be carried out in three phases: Phase One – rewiring the electricity, leveling the floors, replacing doors, repairing the roof of the existing two-story building and reorganizing the internal structure of the existing classrooms; Phase Two – renovating and expanding of facility’s kitchen by replacing the current equipment and appliances; relocating the food pantry into the kitchen area, constructing a walk-in cooler, and installing heating and air conditioning; and, Phase Three – reconstructing the existing outdoor pavilion structure into a new Community Event Center.

Mitigation Measures/Conditions/Permits (if any): The following mitigation measures and conditions are required for the proposed project:

  1. Asbestos-containing materials that will be removed or disturbed under the project will be done in accordance with the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) Texas Asbestos Health Protection Rules (TAHPR), and in accordance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines, by trained and licensed asbestos abatement personnel. Written notification of the project will be provided to the TDSHS at least 10 working days prior to initiation of work.
  2. Asbestos-Containing Material: Air monitoring by a licensed third-party will be required during the actual removal work.
  3. Should suspect materials be uncovered prior to or during the project, those materials should be assumed asbestos-containing until sampling and analysis can confirm or deny their asbestos content.
  4. Remaining asbestos-containing materials should be managed in place and a plan should be developed to periodically monitor the condition of the asbestos-containing materials. Notification of the presence of the materials should be made to residents, employees, and outside contractors so they do not inadvertently disturb the remaining asbestos-containing materials.
  5. Soil Suitability: The project will consider special design considerations, as applicable, for building footings, foundations walls, and concrete slabs.
  6. Energy Consumption: The project will incorporate the necessary energy saving measures to comply with the City of San Antonio’s 2018 International Energy Conservation Codes (IECC), as well as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Minimum Property Standards.
  7. Wastewater: The project will comply with the City of San Antonio’s Phase 1 Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) requirements.

Estimated Project Cost: Total project costs are anticipated to be $1.9 million dollars. The total estimated CDBG cost is $250,000.

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 may be examined or copied weekdays 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. It is also available online at www.sanantonio.gov/GMA/Notices.

Public Comments

Any individual, group, or agency disagreeing with this determination or wishing to comment on the ERR 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 or by e-mail to communitydevelopment@sanantonio.gov. All comments received by August 22, 2019 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 City of San Antonio 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 Community Planning and Development 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

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