Combined Notice Of Finding Of No Signifi

Combined Notice Of Finding Of No Significant Impact And Intent To Request Release Of Funds January 10, 2022 City of Duluth Planning & Development Division Room 160, City Hall 411 W 1st St Duluth, MN 55802 (218) 730-5580 REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS On or about January 28, 2022 the City of Duluth will submit a request to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office for authority to proceed with the project proposed by the City of Duluth to use CDBG funds to acquire a county forfeit property that once had a blighted property for community serving reuse. FY 2019 CDBG Funds 19-PF-03 City of Duluth Blight Reduction Project 21 S 67th Avenue W Street, Duluth, MN 558057 The purpose of this project is to acquire the property from the State of Minnesota through St. Louis County to support future redevelopment of infill housing by private developers. The residential structure that was once located on the property in the Fairmont neighborhood of Duluth, Minnesota was condemned for human habitation in 2015 and remained vacant until it was removed by St. Louis County in 2021. The City in partnership with the Duluth Economic Development Authority will market the site to private developers for a single-family housing project in coordination with the Housing Trust Fund program. The parcel will not be conveyed to an infill project unless that project meets minimum affordability requirements of either 80% Area Median Income for a rental project or 115% Area Median Income for a project that is sold for homeownership. Once a qualified developer is selected, the site will see additional ground disturbance and construction. Prior to construction of a new structure, site preparation will likely involve clearing the site of any rocks and debris and grading in preparation for installation of a new foundation and footings. If the home design involves a basement, a hole will be dug and the footings and foundation walls will be formed and poured. Additionally, connection to City electric, water, gas, and sewer will be necessary. Funding for this project will be strictly for property acquisition and not future construction activities. The level of environmental review determined for this project is 58.36 (Environmental Assessment). The project is scheduled to be completed by July 31, 2022. Total Project Cost: $2,560 CDBG Funds: $2,560 No conditions and mitigation measures were identified. FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT The City of Duluth has determined that these projects 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. All permits must be acquired and best management practices, which include but are not limited to storm water management, must be addressed in the project designs and must be approved by the appropriate City authorities, before construction commences. Projects will be monitored during deconstruction and construction for environmental compliance with this finding. Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) online at or by emailing for an electronic copy. Community members may also arrange for a paper copy of the ERR to be mailed to them by calling (218) 730-5580 or by mailing a request to City of Duluth Planning and Development Division, City Hall, Room 160, 411 W 1st St, Duluth, MN 55802. Due to COVID-19 the public will be unable to review a paper copy in person at City Hall. PUBLIC COMMENTS Any individual, group, or agency disagreeing with this determination or wishing to comment on the project may submit comments to the City of Duluth Planning and Development Division Office by email: or by mail: City Hall, Room 160, 411 W 1st St, Duluth, MN 55802. All comments received by January 27, 2022 will be considered by the City of Duluth, prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Commenters should specify which part of this Notice they are addressing. ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION The City of Duluth certifies to HUD that Ben VanTassel, in his capacity as Manager of the Planning & Development Division, 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 City of Duluth to use Program funds. OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS HUD will consider objections to its release of funds and the City of Duluth’s certification received by January 28, 2022 or a period of fifteen days from its 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 or other officer of the City of Duluth approved by HUD; (b) the City of Duluth 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 has committed funds or incurred costs 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 Minnesota Office of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Community Planning and Development (CPD) at Potential objectors should contact HUD via email to verify the actual last day of the objection period.” Ben VanTassel City of Duluth, Planning & Development Division Manager DNT Publishing Date: January 12, 2022 (Jan. 12, 2022) 22400