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Published on Thursday, May 21, 2020

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

Date of Publication: 5/21/20


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 9, 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 HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funds to undertake the following project:


Project Title: Alazan Lofts

Location: The project is located on 18 tracts of land on El Paso, Torreon and S. Colorado Streets, San Antonio, Bexar County, TX 78233

Project Description: Alazan Lofts is a proposed new construction multi-family housing development that aims to serve working families by providing quality housing opportunities at an affordable rate. The proposed project is in the Westside community area. Alazan Lofts will include 88 units within two residential buildings and one community building.  The community building will include a fitness center, children’s activity room, community kitchen, business center, and leasing office. The three-story building will include 18 walk up units and the four-story building will include 70 units with elevator service. Up to 40 units will be reserved for Public Housing, 40 units for families earning up to 60% AMI and 8 units will have unrestricted rents. The forty (40) Public Housing units would be administered by the San Antonio Housing Authority.  Prior to the construction of the facility, the existing vacant structure will be demolished.   

Project Issues:
Recognized Environmental Conditions were observed in 2018 which included potential undocumented releases of chemicals of concern (COCs) including petroleum hydrocarbons and chlorinated solvents, from the former onsite dry cleaner, service stations, tin shop, the former offsite dry cleaners and offsite filling station (which operated gas tanks); and the likely presence of lead-based paint at the site associated with the time frame of development of many of the former structures and the possibility of lead in soil from previous demolition activities. A Phase II Environmental Site Assessment and a Supplemental Investigation were conducted in April 2018 and February 2020. Metals including arsenic, barium, cadmium, lead, mercury and silver were detected in the surface and subsurface soils at concentrations exceeding the TCEQ Texas Risk Reduction Program protective concentration level (PCL) or Action Level for protection of groundwater however, lead in soil below one foot of the soil column does not exceed the applicable Texas Risk Reduction Program (TRRP) Action Level, indicating the lead concentration in soil does not pose a concern to leaching into groundwater and the site would not be subject to the TRRP if soil within the upper one foot of the surface were removed and properly disposed.

 

Mitigation Measures/Conditions/Permits (if any):  
To mitigate for the elevated levels of lead within the soils, impacted soils will be excavated during the construction activities and the soil properly managed or reused in accordance with applicable regulations. In addition, confirmation soil samples should be collected, after the first foot of soil is removed to document the mitigation activities.  Also, proper procedures should be followed with respect to worker health and safety during the soil removal activities.

Estimated Project Cost: Total project costs are anticipated to be $18 million dollars.  The total estimated HOME cost is $1,319,000.   

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 June 8, 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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