COMBINED NOTICE



COMBINED NOTICE

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

Date of Notice: May 28, 2020

Name of Responsible Entity (RE): City of New Kensington

Address: City Hall, 301 N. Eleventh Street, New Kensington, PA 15068

Telephone Number: 724-337-4523 (TDD - 7-1-1)

These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the City of New Kensington, PA.

REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS

On or about June 16, 2020, the City of New Kensington will submit a request to the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for the release of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-383), as amended, to undertake the projects listed below:

Demolition of vacant and blighted property at 800 East Hill Drive – Est. CDBG funding: $25,000

Demolition of vacant and blighted property at 1301 Taylor Avenue – Est. CDBG funding: $20,000

FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT

The City has determined that the projects 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 Records (ERR) for these projects on file at the Redevelopment Authority of the City of New Kensington, 901 5th Avenue, Suite 300, New Kensington, PA 15068, and may be examined or copied weekdays 8:30 A.M to 4:30 P.M. To schedule an appointment, please email or call Sarah Snider using the below contact information.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERRs to Sarah Snider, Executive Director, Redevelopment Authority of the City of New Kensington, 901 5th Avenue, Suite 300, New Kensington, Pennsylvania, 15068, email address: ssnider.newkendevelopment@gmail.com, (724) 337-3525 (TDD 7-1-1). All comments received by 4:30 P.M. on June 15, 2020 will be considered by the City of New Kensington prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.

ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION

The City of New Kensington certifies to DCED that Thomas D. Guzzo, Certifying Officer, in his capacity as Mayor, 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. DCED’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the City of New Kensington to use DCED Program funds.

OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS

DCED will accept objections to its release of funds and the City of New Kensington’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 New Kensington (b) the City of New Kensington 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 DCED 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 in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed to the Department of Community and Economic Development at: chrhowe@pa.gov Potential objectors should contact the State to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

Thomas D. Guzzo, Mayor


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