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 Department (LAHD), 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, LAHD 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 LAHD.
|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
Wednesday November 16, 2022
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).
REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS
On or about December 2, 2022, LAHD will submit a request to HUD for the release of HOME funds under Title II of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 12701 et seq. as amended. In addition, 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:
PURPOSE: This project’s scope of work will include construction of a new 7-story building with a maximum height of 87 feet, in addition to a subterranean basement vehicle parking level; with a total of 175 residential units. Project will be mixed use with 100% affordable and permanent supportive housing and commercial development. Funding includes both HOME funding and eighty-seven (87) Section 8 Project Based Voucher (PBV) contract units that will provide permanent supportive housing to homeless populations who earn no more than 30% AMI. Project consists of one hundred two (102) 0-bedroom studio units at approximately 412 S.F each, sixty (60) 1-bedroom units at 530 S.F each, and thirteen (13) 2-bedroom units at 758 S.F. each. The proposed development provides 8,691 sq. ft. of commercial space, and 7,291 sq. ft. of open space. Of this open space, there are two (2) courtyards in the interior of the building, one (1) covered and one (1) open to the sky. Project will include a total of twenty-nine (29) vehicular car parking spaces and a total of one hundred thirty-five (135) bicycle stalls. Other amenities include community room #1 with kitchen/sink at 1,235 S.F., community room #2 with kitchen/sink at 957 S.F., office & service room at 626 S.F., retail space at 942 S.F., commercial / LTSC office at 3,740 S.F., café at 599 S.F., management office #1 at 501 S.F., and management office #2 at 419 S.F. There will be a total of eight (8) individual single-stall bathrooms to serve these areas located on the 1st floor (ground floor). The laundry room(s) will have total of twenty (20) laundry washing machines and twenty (20) dryers.
LOCATION: 411-423 Towne Avenue / 412-426 Crocker Street, City of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles CA 90013
FUNDING 1: Estimated under Section 8 PBVs: $1,856,592 annually for (20) years, total funding of $37,131,840 / HACLA Project Based Voucher (PBV).
FUNDING 2: Estimated HOME funding: $8,680,000
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to LAHD. All comments received by December 1, 2022, 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 under Section 8 PBV 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. Objections under HOME funding 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 Community Planning and Development Department via email to verify the actual last day of the objection period at CPDLA@hud.gov. Potential objectors should contact HUD Los Angeles Office of Community Planning and Development Department 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