NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND
NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS
MARCH 16, 2022
City of Pittsburgh – Office of Management and Budget
414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
This notice shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the City of Pittsburgh.
REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS (1) – MTW, SECTION 8 PBV, CDBG, HOME, & ARPA PROJECT
On or about Monday, April 4, 2022, the City of Pittsburgh will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to release Federal funds under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 as amended for the real estate project described below.
Gladstone Residences consists of the rehabilitation of the former Gladstone School, located at 327 Hazelwood Ave. in the Hazelwood neighborhood of the City of Pittsburgh, and the creation of fifty-one (51) apartment units. Through the completion of this rehab, there will be six (6) units affordable at or below 20% Area Median Income (AMI), one (1) unit at or below 30% AMI, twenty (20) units at or below 50% AMI, sixteen (16) units at or below 60% AMI, and eight (8) market rate units. Hazelwood Initiative and The Community Builders, Inc. are co-developers of the project. Funding sources include a $1,200,000 first mortgage PHARE loan from Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), an anticipated $2,406,887 second mortgage Construction Cost Relief Program (CCRP) loan from PHFA, a $1,000,000 third mortgage gap financing loan from the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh, a $3,715,000 fourth mortgage Rental Gap Program (RGP) loan from the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA), $11,498,950 in Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) equity, $3,340,440 in Federal Historic Tax Credit equity, $279,721 in developer equity, $375,000 in deferred developer fee, $150,000 in seller financing, and $9,534 in anticipated energy rebates.
The URA’s RGP loan will be sourced with $664,286 in Housing Opportunity Fund 2020 funds as well as federal funding, including $91,077 in HOME 2019, $344,637 in HOME 2020, $150,000 in CDBG 2020, $465,000 in CDBG 2021, and up to $2,000,000 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. HACP’s $1,000,000 gap financing loan will be sourced with Moving to Work (MTW) funds under the 1937 Act as modified by the 1996 and 1999 Consolidated Appropriations Act in addition to providing twenty (20) Section 8 Project Based Vouchers (PBV) as part of the Section 8 PBV program under the Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998 as modified by the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016 to support the units’ affordability. The total estimated cost of the development is $23,975,532.
FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT (2) – MTW, SECTION 8 PBV, CDBG, HOME, & ARPA PROJECT
The City of Pittsburgh 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 of 1969 (NEPA) is not required. Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR). The ERR will be made available to the public for review either electronically or by U.S. mail. Please submit your request by U.S. mail to City of Pittsburgh, Office of Management and Budget, 414 Grant St, City County Building Room 501, Pittsburgh, Pa 15219 or by email to Whitney.Finnstrom@pittsburghpa.gov.
Any individual, group, or agency may submit written
comments on the ERR to:
City of Pittsburgh,
414 Grant Street, Room 501
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
All comments received by Sunday, April 3, 2022 will be considered by the City of Pittsburgh prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which Notice (Request for Release of Funds 1 or Finding of No Significant Impact 2) they are addressing.
The City of Pittsburgh certifies to HUD that Ed Gainey in his capacity as Mayor, City of Pittsburgh, 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 approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh and the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh to use development funds.
OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS
HUD will accept objections to its release of funds and the City of Pittsburgh certification for a period of fifteen (15) 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 Pittsburgh; (b) the City of Pittsburgh 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 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 Field Office of Public Housing in Pittsburgh at PittsburghPIH.ER@hud.gov.
Potential objectors should contact the HUD Field Office of Public Housing in Pittsburgh via email to verify the actual last day of the objection period.
City of Pittsburgh
ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PA
MARCH 17, 2022
The Office of the Director of the DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY will receive Letters of Interest with current SF 330 for Professional services until 3:00 p.m., on Friday, April 22, 2022 for the following assignment:
ALLEGHENY COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
Construction Engineering, As-Needed; County Project No. CMIT-2023
(Construction Management, Inspection and Testing Services)
Stephen G. Shanley, P.E., Director
Allegheny County Department of Public Works
Room 501, County Office Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Place five (5) hard copies and one electronic copy of your Letter of Interest with required Standard Forms in a sealed, opaque envelope with firm’s name, the title and number of the Project, and the words “Letter of Interest” on the front. If you mail the Letter of Interest, insert the sealed, opaque envelope containing the Letter of Interest and standard forms inside a separate mailing envelope.
The Director will receive Letters of Interest with accompanying SF 330 until the day and hour stated in the Public Advertisement. The Director will not consider any Letter of Interest received after the set day and hour and will return it to the addressee unopened. The firm is responsible for ensuring that the Director receives its Letter of Interest by the set day and hour. This submission is limited to 40 pages including the SF330 forms.
The County will use only SF 330’s of firms responding with Letters of Interest to prequalify firms for consideration for these services. The County encourages responses from small firms, minority and women owned firms, and firms that have not previously worked for the County. Any inquiries into this Advertisement are to be directed to Mr. Matthew Vietmeier, P.E., Deputy Director of Public Works, at 412-303-2747.
The selection criteria will apply to the following general types of Capital Project Assignments:
PARKS: Sports and recreational facilities; Shelter renovations; Miscellaneous civil improvements including drainage and pavement improvements.
BLDGS: General, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing renovations; Roof replacements and repairs.
BRIDGE: Small bridge replacements/rehabilitations, bridge repairs.
ROADS: Lateral support projects including all types of wall construction, drainage improvements and upgrades, safety feature upgrades, and paving projects.
The County will preselect or short-list three firms for consideration for this Project assignment on the following evaluation criteria: Suitability, Past Performance, Size, Workload, and Related Work. By a Request for Proposal the Department of Public Works will notify the short-listed firms to submit proposals.
The County’s minority business enterprise and women’s business enterprise goals for this Project will be 13% of the total price for MBE participation and 2% of the total price for WBE participation. Certification of MBEs and WBEs by the County is mandatory on or before proposal due date. Firms submitting a Letter of Interest must have their MBE/WBE participants in place and noted in their letter and/or SF 330 form information in order to be considered for this project. The contract will last up to 5 years in length or a contract value of $5,000,000.00.
The Director may reject any Letters of Interest/Proposals and may waive any irregularity in the Submission of Letters of Interest/Proposals.
Stephen G. Shanley, PE, Director
Department of Public Works of Allegheny County