Official Notice No. 57927
Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact on the Environment and Notice of Intent to Request Release of Funds for the Garden Homes Neighborhood Initiative, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
These Notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by Impact Seven.
Request for Release of Funds (RROF): On or about June 1, 2021, the City of Milwaukee will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to release $750,000 of HOME funds awarded to the City of Milwaukee Community Development Grants Administration (CDGA), which will be utilized by Impact Seven. The HOME funds include 2019 and 2020 HOME reprogramming funds.
Purpose: The HOME grants will support the Garden Homes Neighborhood Initiative project, which will consist of rehabilitation of existing homes. This project will be a thirty unit single-family and duplex development to be located on scattered sites within the near north side of the City of Milwaukee. There will be 16 single family homes and 7 duplexes for a total of 23 sites. Overall, 6 units will be at 30% area median income ("AMI"), 12 units at 50% AMI, 6 units at 60% AMI, and the remaining 6 units will be market rate. The scattered sites are primarily bounded by West Ruby Avenue to the north, West Nash Street to the south, North 30th Street to the west, and North 24th Place to the east and generally located within the Garden Homes and Franklin Heights neighborhoods in the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The proposed unit amenities include private entries, full basements, Energy Star appliances, in-unit washer/dryer, ceiling fans, carpet/vinyl flooring, central air conditioning, window treatments, and cable TV/computer internet hookups. There will be surface parking for all units included in the rent as well.
Determination: It has been determined that such request for release of funds for this project will not constitute actions significantly affecting the quality of the natural or human environment, and that this is a finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). 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.
Environmental Review Record: An environmental review has been made by the City of Milwaukee. The Environmental Review Record (ERR) is on file at the address listed below and is available for public examination and copying upon request, between the hours of 8:00am and 4:45pm. All interested agencies, groups, and persons disagreeing with this decision are invited to submit written comments for consideration by the City to:
Attention: David Misky
Assistant Executive Director-Secretary of RACM
Department of City Development
809 N. Broadway, 2nd Floor
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202
This material is available in alternative formats for individuals with disabilities upon request. Please contact:
Rebecca Rabatin, ADA Coordinator
City of Milwaukee
Department of Administration
Budget and Management Division
200 East Wells Street, Room 603
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: (414) 286-3475
Fax: (414) 286-5475
Provide a 72 hour advance notice to ensure accommodation of request.
Such written comments should be received at the above address on or before May 29, 2021. All such comments so received will be considered, and the City of Milwaukee will not request the release of Federal funds or take any administrative action on these projects prior to the date specified in the preceding sentence.
Public Comment: Any individual, group, or agency disagreeing with this determination or wishing to comment on the project may submit written comments to the City of Milwaukee Department of City Development (see above for contact information). All comments received by May 29, 2021 will be considered by the City of Milwaukee and/or Impact Seven prior to submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing. Following the RROF, HUD will be accepting comments for 15 days following receipt of the RROF.
Release of Funds: The City of Milwaukee certifies to HUD that Steve Mahan in his capacity as Director, CDGA, 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 acceptance of the certification satisfies its responsibility under NEPA and allows Impact Seven to use Program funds.
Objections to Release of Funds: HUD will accept objections to its release of funds and the City of Milwaukee 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 Milwaukee; (b) the City of Milwaukee has omitted a step or failed to make a decision for 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 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 via email in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed to the HUD Milwaukee Field Office at CPD_COVID-19OEE-MIL@hud.gov. Potential objectors should contact the HUD Milwaukee Field Office via email to verify the actual last day of the objection period.
Steve Mahan, Director, CDGA