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Washington Post (The), Jan 12, 2020

NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS  January 12, 2020  Department of Housing and Community Development 1800 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20020 (202) 442-7200  These Notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency (DCHFA).   REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS  On or about January 29, 2020, the District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) New York, NY Field Office for the release of  Risk Share Program Funds (RSP) pursuant to Section 542 (c) of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1992 (12 U.S.C. 1707), Section 235 of HUD’s FY2001 Appropriations Act, Public Law 106-377, amended Section 542, and 24 CFR Part 266, as amended, which directs the Secretary of HUD, acting through the Federal Housing Administration, to undertake a project known as the Spring Flats Complex Development Project (SFCDP), for the purpose of the demolition of an existing structure (Paul Robeson School), the substantial rehabilitation of another existing structure (Hebrew Home) and the construction of a multi-family apartment building and townhomes. The site will be developed in three phases and bring on-line for housing purposes the Spring Flats Family facility (new construction-87 mixed-income affordable units), the Spring Flats-Senior facility (Rehab-Adaptive Reuse of the Historic Hebrew Home-88 affordable age-restricted units), and new construction of Spring Flats-Townhomes (10 new mixed-income home-ownership units). DCHFA is the recipient and administrator of RSP from HUD which is used by DCHFA to carry out programs that will demonstrate the effectiveness of providing new forms of federal credit enhancement for multifamily loans. DCHFA will provide HUD-RSP assistance to the proposed SFCDP in the amount of $18,146,925.00 and DHCD will provide approximately $10,361,474 in total local HPTF, $11,900,665 in 4% LIHTC equity and $826,062.00 in 9% LIHTC equity which will be dispersed between three (3) ownership entities associated with the project to carry out the aggregate project scope. Total project costs are estimated to be $42,608,403.00.              FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT  The District of Columbia 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 DHCD, 1800 Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue SE, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC  20020, (202) 442-7200 and may be examined or copied weekdays from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 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 DHCD/Office of Program Monitoring to Ms. Lesley M. Edmond, Housing Compliance Officer at the address listed above. All comments received by January 28, 2020 will be considered by DHCD prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.  Commentators should specify which part of this notice they are addressing.  RELEASE OF FUNDS  The District of Columbia certifies to HUD that Mary R. (Polly) Donaldson in her capacity as the DHCD Director 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 DCHFA to use HUD-RSP in the project.  OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS  HUD will accept objections to its release of funds and the District of Columbia 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 District of Columbia; (b) the District of Columbia 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) and shall be addressed to HUD New York-Field Office, 26 Federal Plaza, New York, New York 10278-0068, Attention: Ms. Cheryl L. Teague, Branch Chief Underwriting. Potential objectors should contact HUD at 212-542-7702, to verify the actual last day of the objection period.  By: _____________________________________________  Date: 12/20/2019  Mary R. (Polly) Donaldson Director, D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development  Public Notice NOI/RROF/FONSI-CPD 10.24.14.sas
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