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Published on Wednesday, May 20, 2020

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

Date of Publication: 5/20/20


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 June 8, 2020, 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:
Project MEND Facility Improvements

Location: Wurzbach and Crystal Run, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas 78238

Project Description:
Project MEND, a non-profit organization, is proposing to utilize CDBG funds to construct a new facility located on Wurzbach and Crystal Run, San Antonio, TX 78238 in Council District 7 where individuals living with disabilities, especially those who are low income, will now be able to access all services, equipment and training at a single facility. The new facility will include space to provide program services to clients, a medical equipment warehouse and repair center. Project MEND serves an average of 1500 clients per year, and approximately 90% or 1350, of those clients have income at or below 80% HUD Area Median Income limit.

Mitigation Measures/Conditions/Permits (if any):  Project conditions and permits include:

  • The project area parcel is zoned as Residential Mixed (RM-4).  According to the City of San Antonio’s Unified Development Code (UDC), commercial facilities, such as the proposed project, are not permitted uses in RM-4 zones.  Therefore, a change in zoning would be required.
  • The proposed project is located within the boundaries of the City of San Antonio’s Phase I Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) and would comply with the applicable MS4 requirements.  The project would include more than one acre, but less than five acres, of earth disturbance.  Therefore, Project MEND would comply with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s (TCEQ) Construction General Permit (CGP).  A Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SW3P) would be prepared and implemented, and a construction site notice would be posted on the construction site.  A Notice of Intent (NOI) would not be required.


Estimated Project Cost: Total project costs are anticipated to be $2.7 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 (NHSD), Division of Grants Monitoring & Administration, 1400 South Flores, San Antonio, TX 78204.  Please note, due to the current public health crisis, NHSD lobby is closed to the public until further notice, therefore only the digital document is available for review at www.sanantonio.gov/GMA/Notices. A summary of the findings may be mailed upon request by contacting NHSD at (210) 207-6600 or by e-mail to communitydevelopment@sanantonio.gov, weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. This document will be available for review at the City of San Antonio Neighborhood and Housing Services Department, when normal office hours resume, weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

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 or by e-mail to communitydevelopment@sanantonio.gov.  All comments received by close of business June 5, 2020 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.  Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.


Laura Salinas-Martinez, Certifying Officer

 


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