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Notice of Intent to Release Funds

Published:  May 27, 2020

On or about June 12, 2020, the Sonoma County Community Development Commission will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the release of $85,000 in Community Development Block Grants/Entitlement Grants, as authorized by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, Title I, Part 24, Section 570, Public Law 93-383, 88 Stat. 633, 42 U.S.C 5301-5321, as amended, to undertake a project known as Rohnert Park Senior Center Accessibility project for the purpose of providing accessibility improvements for public access to the Senior Center for the mobility impaired.

The Rohnert Park Senior Center Accessibility Project will remove barriers to accessibility and enable full usage within the Senior Center building and adjacent parking area. The PROJECT removes architectural barriers that create inadequate maneuvering space and path-of-travel problems in the building's program areas, restrooms, and corridors. The PROJECT addresses placement of built-in elements and fixtures that create clearance issues, adds compliant signage, and addresses vertical grades on ADA ramps, parking spaces, and path-of-travel from the parking lot to the facility. The interior work consists of remodeling the restrooms in the Senior Center and in the rented annex to make them Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant. Two parking spaces on the east side of the building will be reconstructed to grade. Work consists of demolishing the current asphalt down 16-inches then reconstructing with 8-inches of base rock and 8- inches of concrete to finish grade. The rebuilt ADA ramp and adjacent sidewalk would be demolished down 8-inches. The new ADA compliant ramp and sidewalk will be reconstructed with 4-inches of base rock and 4-inches of concrete. The exterior work will not extend below existing subgrade into previously undisturbed substrata. 

The total project cost is estimated to be $250,000.

The activities proposed are categorically excluded under HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58 from National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements. An Environmental Review Record (ERR) that documents the environmental determinations for this project is on file at the Sonoma County Community Development Commission. 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 Kirsten Larsen at Sonoma County Community Development Commission, 1440 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 or by email to kirsten.larsen@sonoma-county.org. The ERR can be downloaded electronically at the link below.

Public Comment

Any individual, group or agency disagreeing with this determination or wishing to comment on the project may submit written comments to Kirsten Larsen, Sonoma County Community Development Commission, 1440 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 or by email to Kirsten.larsen@sonoma-county.org . All comments received by 5:00 PM on June 11, 2020, will be considered by the Sonoma County Community Development Commission prior to submission of a request for release of funds.

Environmental Certification

The Sonoma County Community Development Commission certifies to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that Barbie Robinson in her capacity as Interim Executive Director 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 Sonoma County Community Development Commission to use Program funds.

Objections

U.S. HUD Office will accept objections to the Responsible Entity’s (RE) Request for Release of Funds and Environmental Certification for a period of fifteen days following the submission date specified above or the actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the Sonoma County Community Development Commission; (b) the RE has omitted a step or failed to make a determination or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58 or by CEQ regulations at 40 CFR 1500-1508, as applicable; (c) the RE has omitted one or more steps in the preparation, completion or publication of the Environmental Assessment or Environmental Impact Study per 24 CFR Subparts E, F or G of Part 58, as applicable; (d) the grant recipient or other participants in the development process has committed funds for or undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before release of funds and approval of the environmental certification; (e) another Federal, State or local agency has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections shall be addressed to both Eric Christensen, the HUD Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) representative for Sonoma County, and the San Francisco CPD field office at the following emails: Eric.F.Christensen@hud.gov and SFCPDMail@hud.gov . Potential objectors should contact both Eric Christensen and the San Francisco CPD Field Office at Eric.F.Christensen@hud.gov and SFCPDMail@hud.gov to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

 

Barbie Robinson, Interim Executive Director and NEPA Certifying Officer

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