NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND
NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS
August 10, 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 & HOME PROJECT
On or about Monday, August 29, 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.
Cedarwood Homes is a new construction, senior-housing development comprised of forty-six (46) residential units across 11 townhouse buildings located at the intersection of Broadhead Fording Road and Village Road in the Fairywood Neighborhood of the City of Pittsburgh, PA15205. The units are income and rent restricted as follows: five (5) units affordable at or below 20% Area Median Income (AMI), nineteen (19) units affordable at or below 50% AMI, fifteen (15) at or below 60% AMI, and seven (7) unrestricted, market rate units. Tryko Partners is the Developer of this project. Funding sources include the following approximate amounts: $1,851,338 first mortgage from Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, an anticipated $2,225,000 second mortgage Construction Cost Relief Program (CCRP) loan from PHFA, $2,160,000 third mortgage gap financing loan from the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP), $1,412,368 fourth mortgage Rental Gap Program (RGP) loan from the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA), $11,596,322.00 Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) equity, $579,816 anticipated in additional LIHTC equity, $6,214 inanticipated energy rebates, and $561 in developer equity.
The URA’s RGP loan will be sourced with $1,412,368 from HOME 2021. HACP’s $2,160,000 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-four (24) 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 $19,831,619.
FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT (2) –
MTW, SECTION 8 PBV & HOME 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 Friday, August 26, 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 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 regarding MTW and Section 8 PBV funds or to the HUD Field Office of Community Planning and Development in Pittsburgh at Phillip.E.McKeough@hud.gov /(412) 644-5846 regarding HUD HOME funds.
Potential objectors should contact the HUD Field Office of Public Housing or Community Planning and Development in Pittsburgh via email or phone as given above to verify the actual last day of the objection period.
City of Pittsburgh