City of Minneapolis - Intergovernmental Relations- City
COMBINED PUBLIC NOTICE
NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST THE RELEASE OF FUNDS
City of Minneapolis, Minnesota
301M City Hall
350 South Fifth St.
Minneapolis, MN 55415
This Notice shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the City of Minneapolis.
Request for Release of Funds
On or about January 29, 2018 the City of Minneapolis will submit a request to release funds to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development- Minneapolis Field Office. The request will seek the release of HUD Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to undertake acquisition and demolition activities for certain parcels southeast of the Central Avenue and Lowry Avenue NE intersection in Minneapolis, Hennepin County. These parcels are 938, 942, 946, 952, 954, 958, 964, 966, 942 ½, and 924 Lowry Avenue NE; 947 1/2 and 949 ½ 24th Ave. NE; 2419 Central Ave. NE; 2408,2412 and 2420 Polk Avenue NE.
The City of Minneapolis will be working to accommodate roadway improvements identified in the Lowry Avenue NE Corridor Plan and Implementation Framework, which was adopted by the City Council in August 2015 and Hennepin County Board of Commissioners in October 2015. Under a Cost Participation Agreement with the County, Minneapolis will be reimbursed for half the actual cost to assemble and clear properties along Lowry Ave. NE. The land will be held until the County's Lowry Ave. road widening project is ready to move forward, which is anticipated to occur in 2022. Approximately 20 feet of frontage along Lowry Avenue NE will be conveyed to the County and the remaining land will be available for redevelopment by a yet to be identified developer. Minneapolis proposes to clear any improvements and assemble the vacated land to create one large redevelopment site to develop a mixed use, multi-family development with up to 50 units of housing, parking and retail. The site assembly and clearing will be funded under the Higher Density Corridor Housing Program (CDBG). It is unknown how much cost will be incurred with the acquisition and demolition of these properties. It is anticipated that a Request for Proposals will be released once all of the land has been acquired within the footprint of the proposed redevelopment site. Currently situated on the site are six duplex structures (non-homesteaded) and one commercial property. All structures will be razed.
This project will receive approximately CDBG funding made available under the authority of Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended (42 U.S.C. 5301 et seq.).
Finding of No Significant Impact
The City of Minneapolis 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 (NEPA) of 1969 is not required. Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) on file at the City of Minneapolis Office of Grants & Special Projects, 307 M City Hall, 350 South Fifth St., Minneapolis, MN 55415 and may be examined or copied weekdays 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. The ERR can also be viewed online at https://www.onecpd.info/environmental-review/environmental-review-records
Any individual, group, or agency disagreeing with this determination or wishing to comment on the project may submit written comments to Matt Bower, Minneapolis Office of Grants and Special Projects, 307M City Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415, Phone: (612) 673-2188; Fax: (612) 673-3724; TTY (612) 673-2157; email: matthew.bower@ minneapolismn.gov. All comments received by January 28, 2018 will be considered by the City of Minneapolis prior to submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.
Release of Funds
The City of Minneapolis certifies to the U. S. Department of Housing & Urban Development that Spencer Cronk in his capacity as City Coordinator 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. U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development's acceptance of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and allows the City of Minneapolis to use federal funds.
Objections to Release of Funds
The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development-Minneapolis Field Office will accept objections to its release of funds and the City of Minneapolis' certification for a period of fifteen days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if it is on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the City of Minneapolis; (b) the City of Minneapolis 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 has incurred costs not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development; 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 required procedures (24 CFR Part 58) and shall be addressed to U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development-Minneapolis Field Office at 920 Second Ave. S., Suite 1300, Minneapolis, MN 55402; Phone (612) 370-3019, Fax (612) 370-3093. Potential objectors should contact U. S. Department of Housing & Urban Development-Minnesota State Office to verify the actual last day of the objection period.
(Published in Finance and
Commerce January 13, 2018)