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TO: INTERESTED PARTIES
RE: Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and Notice of Intent to Request Release of Funds (NOIRROF)
Attached is a copy of a Notice of FONSI and NOI/RROF for the St. Coletta School Development Project. The notices were published on March 5, 2003, in accordance with 24 CFR 58.45. It is proposed that Economic Development Initiative Special Project funds, to be provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, be used in support of the project.
Attachment [as follows]
D.C. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
I. FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
In accordance with Section 58.43 of the Environmental Review Procedures for the Economic Development Initiative (EDI) Special Project (24 CFR Part 58), the District of Columbia gives notice that:
A. The project will be located on the southeast comer of 19th and Independence Avenue, S.E. (Reservation 13), Washington, D.C. It is in the Hill East neighborhood of Ward 6. The site area is approximately 6 acres. It involves the construction of a two-story, 91,000 to 100,000 square foot building. The building will be designed to accommodate a facility that offers educational and therapeutic services to meet specific needs of children and adults with cognitive disabilities. It will provide a needed facility to enhance the quality of life by supplying this much-needed facility to serve low and moderate-income youth and other community residents. It will improve the functional and visual qualities of the land.
The project sponsor is St. Coletta of Greater Washington, a non-profit organization designed to provide services to children and adults ages four through 22 with moderate to severe mental retardation, autism and secondary disabilities. The total estimated project cost is $21,871,973. The EDI grant will provide $2,000,000 in support of the project. The proposed development will comply with the appropriate building and land use regulations in conjunction with the Master Plan for Reservation 13.
DHCD has determined that this project will have no significant impact on the human environment.
B. The Environmental Review Record (ERR) for this project may be examined between 8:15 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. at DHCD, 801 North Capitol Street, N.E., Room 6280, Washington, D.C. 20002. Contact Tilla Hall, Office Manager at (202) 442-7239 to schedule the appointment. Copies are available upon request. Comments on the finding for this project may be submitted to Wilma G. Matthias, Deputy Director, Office of Program Monitoring at the aforementioned address until March 20, 2003.
C. It finds that a release of funds by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for this project would be appropriate.
D. No further environmental review of this project is proposed.
II. INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS
In accordance with 24 CFR 58.70, the District of Columbia hereby gives notice that:
A. On or about March 21, 2003 , it will submit a Request for Release of Funds and Certification to HUD for the St. Coletta School Development Project.
B. The District of Columbia is the applicant for the release of funds, Anthony A. Williams, Mayor/Chief Executive Officer, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004.
C. The District and Stanley Jackson, DHCD Director, consent to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to environmental review, decision-making and action; and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. Upon approval of the certification, the District of Columbia may use EDI funds, and HUD will have satisfied its responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. HUD will accept an objection to the certification only if it is on any of the following bases: (1) the applicant's certifying officer did not execute the certification; (2) a required decision, finding or step applicable to the project is omitted from the environmental review record; or (3) that another Federal agency has submitted a written finding to HUD that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of public health, welfare or environmental quality. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with 24 CFR 58, and addressed to Ronald Herbert, Director, Community Planning and Development Division, 820 First Street, N.E., Suite 420, Washington, D.C. 20002-4205. HUD will not consider objections to the release of funds on bases other than those stated above. No objections received after April 7, 2003 , or fifteen (15) days from the time of the Request for Release of Funds and Certification by HUD, whichever is later, will be considered by HUD.
Stanley Jackson, Director
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