Requests for proposal/Qualification

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PUBLIC NOTICEs

NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS
FOR TIERED PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS

 

Date of Publication: July 17, 2024
Hamilton County
138 East Court Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
513-946-8234

On or after August 2, 2024, Hamilton County will submit a request to the HUD Office of Community Planning and Development Columbus Field Office, 200 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43215 for the release of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 Public Law 93-383, as amended 42 U.S.C. 5301 et seq to undertake the following project:

Tier 1 Broad Review Project/Program Title: Springdale Home Improvement Project.

Purpose: To provide funding to homeowners having low to moderate income for needed exterior repairs in effort to prevent further deterioration and respond to code violations.

Location: Springdale Ohio, 45246

Project/Program Description: The program provides funding for homeowners to complete exterior repairs to address blight and bring owner occupied housing up to code. The covered repairs include but are not limited to; repair of driveways, walks, stairs and porches, painting caulking, and sealing and replacement and weatherization of doors, windows and gutters.  Tier 2 site specific reviews will be completed for those laws and authorities not addressed in the Tier 1 broad review for each address under this program when addresses become known.

Level of Environmental Review Citation: Categorical Exclusion subject to 58.5 pursuant to 24 CFR Part 58.35
Tier 2 Site Specific Review: The site-specific reviews will cover the following laws and authorities not addressed in the Tier 1 broad review:  Compliance Factors: Rehabilitation Program of homeowner occupied single family homes, state:“24 CFR Part 58.35(a)(3)(i)” Statutes, Executive Orders, and Regulations listed at 24 CFR Part 50.4,58.5, and 58.6.  Mitigation Measures/Conditions/Permits (if any): (1) Airport Hazards-GIS Mapping software is used to determine a project’s proximity to the airport. A project must not be within 15,000 feet of a military airport or 2,500 feet of  a civilian airport without sufficient mitigation measures (2) Floodplain Management/Flood Insurance – Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) will be used to determine whether rehabilitation sites are in a flood plain. CDBG funds will not be used for the rehab of structures located in a Special Flood Hazard Area. (3) Wild and Scenic Rivers – This section asks if the project is located in proximity of a Wild and Scenic River, which is defined as a river or river segment which has been designated by congress or by states ( with the concurrence of the Secretary of the Interior) as  wild, scenic, or recreational, as well as study rivers and rivers registered in the National Rivers Inventory (NRI) . If located near a Wild and Scenic River, this section asks if the project could have direct and adverse impacts on the river boundaries, invade areas or diminish the river outside of the boundaries, or have an adverse impact on the natural, cultural, and or recreational values of the river. (4) Environmental Justice – this section determines if any adverse impacts were identified over the course of the entire environmental review and asks if these impacts disproportionately impact low-income and/or minority communities.

 

Estimated Project Cost: $10,000

 

The activity/activities proposed are categorically excluded under HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58 from National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements per : Rehabilitation Program of homeowner occupied single family homes, state: “24 CFR Part 58.35(a)(3)(i)”

An Environmental Review Record (ERR) that documents the environmental determinations for this project is on file at 138 East Court Street, Room 1002,  Cincinnati, Ohio 45202  and may be examined or copied weekdays 8A.M to 4P.M. or at https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/environmental-review/environmental-review-records/.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to Hamilton County Community Development Office at 138 East Court Street, Room 1002, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202

2. All comments received by August 1, 2024, will be considered by Hamilton County prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.

ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION

Hamilton County certifies to the HUD Office of Community Planning and Development, Columbus Field Office that, Maria Collins Certifying Officer, in her capacity as Community Development  Administrator 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. The HUD Office of Community Planning and Development, Columbus Field Office’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows Hamilton County to use HUD program funds.

OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS

The HUD Office of Community Planning and Development, Columbus Field Office will accept objections to its release of funds and  Hamilton County’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 Hamilton County; (b) Hamilton County 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 the HUD Office of Community Planning and Development, Columbus Field Office; 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, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed to the [email protected]. Potential objectors should contact the Office of Community Planning and Development Columbus Field Office to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

Maria Collins, Community Development Administrator, Certifying Officer


NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS

FOR TIERED PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS

Date of Publication: July 3, 2024
Hamilton County
138 East Court Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
513-946-8234

On or after July 22, 2024, Hamilton County will submit a request to the HUD Office of Community Planning and Development Columbus Field Office, 200 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43215 for the release of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 Public Law 93-383, as amended 42 U.S.C. 5301 et seq to undertake the following project:

Tier 1 Broad Review Project/Program Title: Springdale Home Improvement Project.
Purpose: To provide funding to homeowners having low to moderate income for needed exterior repairs in effort to prevent further deterioration and respond to code violations.

Location: Springdale Ohio, 45246

Project/Program Description: The program provides funding for homeowners to complete exterior repairs to address blight and bring owner occupied housing up to code. The covered repairs include but are not limited to; repair of driveways, walks, stairs and porches, painting caulking, and sealing and replacement and weatherization of doors, windows and gutters.  Tier 2 site specific reviews will be completed for those laws and authorities not addressed in the Tier 1 broad review for each address under this program when addresses become known.

Level of Environmental Review Citation: Categorical Exclusion subject to 58.5 pursuant to 24 CFR Part 58.35Tier 2 Site Specific Review: The site-specific reviews will cover the following laws and authorities not addressed in the Tier 1 broad review:  Compliance Factors: Rehabilitation Program of homeowner occupied single family homes, state:“24 CFR Part 58.35(a)(3)(i)” Statutes, Executive Orders, and Regulations listed at 24 CFR Part 50.4,58.5, and 58.6.  

Mitigation Measures/Conditions/Permits (if any): (1) Airport Hazards-GIS Mapping software is used to determine a project’s proximity to the airport. A project must not be within 15,000 feet of a military airport or 2,500 feet of  a civilian airport without sufficient mitigation measures (2) Floodplain Management/Flood Insurance – Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) will be used to determine whether rehabilitation sites are in a flood plain. CDBG funds will not be used for the rehab of structures located in a Special Flood Hazard Area. (3) Wild and Scenic Rivers – This section asks if the project is located in proximity of a Wild and Scenic River, which is defined as a river or river segment which has been designated by congress or by states ( with the concurrence of the Secretary of the Interior) as  wild, scenic, or recreational, as well as study rivers and rivers registered in the National Rivers Inventory (NRI) . If located near a Wild and Scenic River, this section asks if the project could have direct and adverse impacts on the river boundaries, invade areas or diminish the river outside of the boundaries, or have an adverse impact on the natural, cultural, and or recreational values of the river. (4) Environmental Justice – this section determines if any adverse impacts were identified over the course of the entire environmental review and asks if these impacts disproportionately impact low-income and/or minority communities.

 

Estimated Project Cost: $25,000

 

The activity/activities proposed are categorically excluded under HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58 from National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements per : Rehabilitation Program of homeowner occupied single family homes, state: “24 CFR Part 58.35(a)(3)(i)”

An Environmental Review Record (ERR) that documents the environmental determinations for this project is on file at 138 East Court Street, Room 1002,  Cincinnati, Ohio 45202  and may be examined or copied weekdays 8A.M to 4P.M. or at https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/environmental-review/environmental-review-records/.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to Hamilton County Community Development Office at 138 East Court Street, Room 1002, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202. All comments received by July 19, 2024, will be considered by Hamilton County prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.

ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION

Hamilton County certifies to the HUD Office of Community Planning and Development, Columbus Field Office that, Maria Collins Certifying Officer, in her capacity as Community Development  Administrator 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. The HUD Office of Community Planning and Development, Columbus Field Office’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows Hamilton County to use HUD program funds.

OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS

The HUD Office of Community Planning and Development, Columbus Field Office will accept objections to its release of funds and  Hamilton County’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 Hamilton County; (b) Hamilton County 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 the HUD Office of Community Planning and Development, Columbus Field Office; 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, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed to the HUD Office of Community Planning and Development, Columbus Field Office at. [email protected] Potential objectors should contact the Office of Community Planning and Development Columbus Field Office to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

Maria Collins, Community Development Administrator,  Certifying Officer

NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS

FOR TIERED PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS

Date of Publication: July 1, 2024

Hamilton County

138 East Court Street

Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

513-946-8217

On or after July 10, 2024, Hamilton County will submit a request to the HUD Office of Community Planning and Development Columbus Field Office, 200 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43215 for the release of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 Public Law 93-383, as amended 42 U.S.C. 5301 et seq, to undertake the following project:

Tier 1 Broad Review Project/Program Title: Pilot Countywide Façade Improvement Program

Purpose: To provide funding to make façade improvements that will positively affect the surrounding neighborhoods and boost local economies.

Location: The pilot program will be eligible to applicants with for-profit businesses located in Addyston; Arlington Heights; Cheviot; Colerain Township; Elmwood Place; Golf Manor; Lincoln Heights; Lockland; Mt. Healthy; North College Hill; and Norwood.

Project/Program Description: The program provides funding for recipients to complete façade repairs on commercial buildings, ultimately supporting local for-profit businesses and their surrounding communities. Eligible uses include but are not limited to labor, materials, and fixtures; gutters and down spouts; doors and windows; exterior painting; and removal of barriers to access for people with disabilities. Tier 2 site specific reviews will be completed for those laws and authorities not addressed in the tier 1 broad review for each address under this program when addresses become known.

Level of Environmental Review Citation: 24 CFR 58.35(a)(3)(iii)

Tier 2 Site Specific Review: The site specific reviews will cover the following laws and authorities not addressed in the Tier 1 broad review:  Statutes, Executive Orders, and Regulations listed at 24 CFR Part 50.4,58.5, and 58.6. 

Mitigation Measures/Conditions/Permits (if any): (1) Airport Hazards-GIS Mapping software is used to determine a project’s proximity to the airport. A project must not be within 15,000 feet of a military airport or 2,500 feet of a civilian airport without sufficient mitigation measures (2) Floodplain Management/Flood Insurance – Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) will be used to determine whether rehabilitation sites are in a flood plain. CDBG funds will not be used for the rehab of structures located in a Special Flood Hazard Area. (3) Wild and Scenic Rivers – This section asks if the project is located in proximity of a Wild and Scenic River, which is defined as a river or river segment which has been designated by congress or by states (with the concurrence of the Secretary of the Interior) as wild, scenic, or recreational, as well as study rivers and rivers registered in the National Rivers Inventory (NRI). If located near a Wild and Scenic River, this section asks if the project could have direct and adverse impacts on the river boundaries, invade areas or diminish the river outside of the boundaries, or have an adverse impact on the natural, cultural, and or recreational values of the river. (4) Sole Source Aquifers – this section determines if the project site is located within a Sole Source Aquifer, and if it is likely to have an adverse impact on groundwater resources. (5) Environmental Justice – this section determines if any adverse impacts were identified over the course of the entire environmental review and asks if these impacts disproportionately impact low-income and/or minority communities.

Estimated Project Cost: $50,000

The activity/activities proposed are categorically excluded under HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58 from National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements per 24 CFR 58.35(a)(3)(iii). An Environmental Review Record (ERR) that documents the environmental determinations for this project is on file at 138 East Court Street, Room 1002,  Cincinnati, Ohio 45202  and may be examined or copied weekdays 8A.M to 4P.M. or at https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/environmental-review/environmental-review-records/.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to Hamilton County Community Development Office at 138 East Court Street, Room 1002, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202. All comments received by July 9, 2024 will be considered by Hamilton County prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.

ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION

Hamilton County certifies to HUD Office of Community Planning and Development, Columbus Field Office that Maria Collins, Certifying Officer, in her capacity as Community Development Administrator 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.  The HUD Office of Community Planning and Development, Columbus Field Office’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows Hamilton County to use HUD program funds.

OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS

The HUD Office of Community Planning and Development, Columbus Field Office will accept objections to its release of fund and Hamilton County’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 Hamilton County; (b) Hamilton County 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 the HUD Office of Community Planning and Development, Columbus Field Office; 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, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed to the HUD Office of Community Planning and Development, Columbus Field Office at [email protected]. Potential objectors should contact the HUD Office of Community Planning and Development, Columbus Field Office to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

Maria Collins, Community Development Administrator, Certifying Officer

Date: July 1, 2024

Early Notice and Public Review of a Proposed Action in a 100 Year Floodplain

To: All interested Agencies, Groups, and Individuals

Notice is hereby given that Hamilton County has determined that the following proposed action under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is located in a 100-year floodplain, and Hamilton County will be identifying and evaluating practicable alternatives to locating, the action in the floodplain and the potential impacts on the floodplain from the proposed action, as required by Executive Order 11988 and/or 11990, in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations of Floodplain Management and Protection of Wetlands.

The City of Reading plans to implement improvements to the existing intersection at Koehler and Jefferson and Koehler and Reading. All or part of this road is in a floodplain area. The road needs repair and it’s in a low-mod income area. The city has met with ODOT and discussed the possibility of creating curb ramps at Jefferson Avenue and Reading Road. Other recommendations would be a full street resurfacing with ADA improvements at Reading Road and Jefferson Avenue. Project Area is approximately 2,000 ft. of road. The final use for the project is improved streets and accessibility. Project is in FEMA Firm Panel #0227E (39061C0227E).

There are three primary purposes for this notice. First, people who may be affected by activities in floodplains and those who have an interest in the protection of the natural environment should be given an opportunity to express their concerns and provide information about these areas. Commenters are encouraged to offer alternative sites outside of the floodplain, alternative methods to serve the same project purpose, and methods to minimize and mitigate impacts. Second, an adequate public notice program can be an important public educational tool. The dissemination of information and request for public comment about floodplains can facilitate and enhance Federal efforts to reduce the risks and impacts associated with the occupancy and modification of these special areas. Third, as a matter of fairness, when the Federal Government determines it will participate in actions taking place in floodplains, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued risk.

Written comments must be received at 138 E. Court St, Rm 1002, 45202 Attention: Maria Collins, Community Development Administrator, on or before June 28, 2024. Comments may also be submitted via email at [email protected]. Additional information may be obtained by contacting Maria Collins at 513-946-8234. A full description of the project may be reviewed from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM at 138 E. Court St., Rm 1002, 45202.

Date: June 11, 2024