24 CFR Part 58 is the Federal regulation that outlines the environmental review procedures for entities assuming HUD environmental responsibilities. Compliance under this regulation will fulfill the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), additional Federal regulations required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Development (HUD), and a few state/local environmental requirements. In regard to projects undertaken by Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department (HCIDLA), the review done under 24 CFR Part 58 is often referred to as the NEPA review.
Historic Preservation Section 106 Review
All projects must adhere to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, also known as 36 CFR 800. During the environmental review, all projects are evaluated for their potential impact on properties designated as historic, eligible for historic status, or located within a historic district. This evaluation process is commonly referred to as the Section 106 Review.
Projects that may impact historic properties must be reviewed to guarantee that project plans will meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and the California Historic Building Code. If necessary, HCIDLA will outline a set of conditions for the project proponent to follow, in addition to conducting a walkthrough at 50% and 100% completion to verify compliance.
Estimated Review Time
The complexity of each review may vary, depending on a project’s scope of work and the proposed project site’s existing environmental conditions. The following table contains an estimated review time for the most common projects undertaken by HCIDLA.
|Project Type||Numbers of Units||Estimated Review Time|
|Acquisition||1-4 units||5 to 15 days|
|Non Residential/Vacant Lots|
|Rehabilitation||1-4 units||5 to 30 days|
|5+ units||45 to 60 days|
|Residential to Residential (1-4 units)|
|Residential to Residential (5+ units)|
|Nonresidential to Residential|
|Residential to Nonresidential|
Public Notice Dissemination
FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND
NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS
Thursday September 16, 2021
Los Angeles Housing Department
1200 W. 7th Street, 8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
These notices satisfy procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the Los Angeles Housing Department (LAHD), formerly known as HCIDLA.
REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS
On or about October 4, 2021, LAHD will authorize HACLA to submit a request to the HUD for the release of Section 8 Project Based Voucher (PBV) funds under the Housing Act of 1937; Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009, Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2012, and Public Law 112-55, as amended to undertake the following project:
PROJECT: Avalon 1355
PURPOSE: This project site is located at 1355 N. Avalon Boulevard in the Wilmington neighborhood area within the City of Los Angeles. The site is located on parcel (APN: 7420-007-040), that currently has one (1) single-story commercial grocery store building, built in 1954, that will be rehabilitated and renovated (adaptive reuse) into supportive housing. In addition, there will be new construction of a 4-story addition located at the existing building’s south end. The site area for the residential development is a 0.89 acre (38,768 S.F.) in a rectangular shaped lot; located on the west side of N. Avalon Boulevard, between E. Pacific Coast Highway to the north and E. M Street to the south. The surrounding area is mainly commercial 1-story business and residential 2-story apartment buildings. This project involves an adaptive reuse of an existing one-story commercial building, and new construction of a 4-story addition at a maximum height of 56 feet tall; located at the south end of the existing building. The project will feature thirty-seven (37) 0-bedroom studio units at approximately 418 S.F. each, sixteen (16) 1-bedroom units at 569 S.F. each, and one (1) 2-bedroom manager’s unit at 929 S.F., equating to 54 units total. Housing is 100% affordable and 53 units will be intended for small families experiencing homelessness and chronically homeless individuals; and will include a manager’s unit. Forty-nine (49) units will be reserved for people experiencing mental illness, and 27% of the building’s total units will have features designed for those with mobility or visual impairment and the remaining units will be adaptable. There will be 45 long-term bicycle parking stalls and 4 short term bicycle stalls. Regarding the laundry room, there will be a total of four (4) washing machines.
LOCATION: 1355 N. Avalon Boulevard, Wilmington, City of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles CA 90744
FUNDING: Estimated: $946,716 annually for (20) years, total funding of $18,934,320 / HACLA Project Based Voucher (PBV).
FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
An Environmental Assessment under 24 CFR Part 58 was conducted for the above-mentioned projects. LAHD 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. Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR). The ERR will be made available to the public for review electronically. Please submit your request by email to the Los Angeles Housing Department, Environmental Services Unit, Attention: David Greenwood at email@example.com
Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to LAHD. All comments received by October 1, 2021, will be considered by LAHD prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which notice and which project they are addressing.
LAHD certifies to HUD that Ann Sewill in her capacity as General Manager of the Los Angeles Housing Department 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 LAHD to use program funds.
OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE FUNDS
HUD 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 RE; (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 participant 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 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 HUD Los Angeles Office of Public Housing at
HUDLOSANGELESOPH@hud.gov. Potential objectors should contact HUD Los Angeles Office of Public Housing via email to verify the actual last day of the objection period.
Ann Sewill, General Manager
Los Angeles Housing Department
1200 West Seventh Street, 9th Floor, Los Angeles, California 90017