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Posted on: October 20, 2021

Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact and Request for Release of Funds

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NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS

City of Poughkeepsie, Office of Social Development
62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 451-4046
jgreenwald@cityofpoughkeepsie.com

TO ALL INTERESTED AGENCIES, GROUPS AND PERSONS:

On or about November 5, 2021 the City of Poughkeepsie will request 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, (24 CFR Part 570) for the following projects:

  • Project Name: Former YMCA Demolition and Construction of a new Community Center
  • Description: Demolition of a 60,000 sq. ft. building which housed a former YMCA to prepare for the eventual construction of a multi-purpose, state of the art community center and facility. The new community center is anticipated to be a 30-50,000 square foot building with adjacent parking.
  • Location: 35 Montgomery Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
  • Date of Notice: October 20, 2021

It has been determined that such request for release of funds will not constitute an action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment and, accordingly, the above-named City has decided not to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (PL 91-190).

The reasons for such decisions not to prepare such statements are as follows:  The no-action alternative was considered and deemed unacceptable due to the beneficial effects to the community. No adverse impacts, which could not be mitigated, were identified.

An Environmental Review Record respecting this project has been made by the above-named City, which documents the environmental review of the project, and more fully sets forth the reasons why such statement is not required.  This Environmental Review Record is on file at the above address and is available for public examination upon request by emailing jgreenwald@cityofpoughkeepsie.com and a copy will be emailed to you.  No further environmental reviews of such projects are proposed to be conducted, prior to the request for release of federal funds.

All interested agencies, groups and persons disagreeing with these Findings of No Significant Impact, are invited to submit written comments, via letter or e-mail, for consideration by the City at the above address on or before 4:30 p.m. on November 4, 2021.  All such comments so received will be considered and the City will not request the release of Federal funds or take any administrative action on these projects prior to this date.  

The City will undertake these projects described above with federal funds from HUD, under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974.  The City is certifying to HUD that the City and Robert G. Rolison, in his official capacity as the Mayor, consent to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal courts if any action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to environmental review decision-making or action and that these responsibilities have been satisfied.  The legal effect of the certification is that, upon its approval, the City may use the federal funds, and HUD will have satisfied it responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.  

HUD will accept an objection to its approval of the release of funds and acceptance of the certification only on one of the following basis: (a) that the certification was not in fact executed by the chief executive officer or other office of applicant approved by HUD; b) that the applicant's environmental review record for the project(s) indicated omission of a required decision, finding, or step applicable to the project in the environmental review; (c) the grant recipient has committed funds or incurred costs not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by HUD/State; 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 required procedure (24 CFR Part 58), and may be emailed to CPD COVID-19OEE-NY@hud.gov.  Objection to the release of funds on any other basis other than those stated above will not be considered by HUD.  Objections received after November 22, 2021 will not be considered by HUD.

Dated: October 20, 2021  

Robert Rolison, Mayor

62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

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