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CITY OF HARTFORD PUBLIC NOTICE - 01.25.2022
These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the City of Hartford through federal funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
TO ALL INTERESTED AGENCIES, GROUPS AND PERSONS:
On or about February 11, 2022 the City of Hartford will request from HUD to undertake the following project during Fiscal Years 2021-22 which is neither Exempt nor Categorically Excluded:
The project is located at 207 Brainard Road in the North Meadows neighborhood of the City of Hartford, CT.
The Community Renewal Team (CRT) is seeking a grant from the State of Connecticut Department of Housing in the amount of $3.55 million to fund the relocation and reestablishment of the present McKinney Shelter in Hartford from 34 Huyshope Avenue, Hartford where it has been for over 30 years, to the former site of the former Days Inn Hotel, located at 207 Brainard Road, Hartford.
CRT is also seeking grants and support from the City of Hartford for an additional $240,000 from HUD ESG CARES Act COVID funding to fund post-closing capital improvements. CRT plans to use these funds to retrofit parts of the building to install a commercial kitchen, enhance accessibility per ADA requirements, upgrade the smoke detectors and interior video systems, and to make other changes required to appropriately operate an emergency shelter. CRT's obligations to close and acquire title to the property are contingent on this City funding.
Up to 78 shelter residents will be housed on a temporary basis in 67 former hotel rooms. In addition to providing improved living conditions, CRT also intends to offer access to a host of supportive services; including but not limited to; onsite counseling services and intensive case management support, housing navigation services, the provision of basic needs, and health & wellness services.
Construction is anticipated to commence in March 2022 with a construction duration of approximately 6 months.
The total cost for the project is estimated at $ 3,790,000. Funding for the project will consist of:
- $240,000 – City of Hartford HUD ESG CARES ACT COVID Funds
- $3,550,000 – State of Connecticut Department of Housing
FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
The City of Hartford has determined that the above-mentioned 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 on the web at https://www.hartfordct.gov/Government/Departments/DDS/Public-Notices/01.25.2022.
Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the environmental review records to Lionel Rigler, Senior Project Manager, Office of Central Grants Administration, Office of Management, Budget and Grants, Hartford City Hall at his email address RIGLL001@hartford.gov. All comments received by February 10, 2022 will be considered by the City of Hartford prior to authorizing submission of a Request for Release of Funds. Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.
RELEASE OF FUNDS
The City of Hartford certifies to the HUD Hartford Field Office that the Mayor in his capacity as Certifying Officer for the City 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 Hartford Office approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities, and allows the City of Hartford to use Program funds.
OBJECTIONS TO THE RELEASE OF FUNDS
HUD Hartford Field Office will accept objections to its release of funds and the City of Hartford’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 Hartford; (b) the City of Hartford 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 project have committed funds or incurred costs not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by the HUD Hartford 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 via email in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed to the HUD Hartford Field Office at CPD_COVID-19OEE-HAT@hud.gov. Potential objectors should contact the HUD Hartford Field Office via email to verify the actual last day of the objection period.
Download the Environmental Assessment: 207 Brainard Rd(PDF, 984KB)