Notice to Public of Intent to Request Release of Funds – CDBG Funding for 105 Castle St. Rehab. Project

Posted on May 19, 2022

Notice to Public of Intent to Request Release of Funds

 Date:         April 8, 2021

Grantee:   County of Cheshire

Address:   12 Court Street, Keene, NH 03431

Contact:   Terry Johnson, SWRPC, 37 Ashuelot Street, Keene, NH 03431 (603) 357-0557

REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS: On or about April 17, 2022, the County of Cheshire will submit a request to the Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) to release Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (PL93-383), the National Affordable Housing Act as amended to undertake a project known as 22-403-EGPF Cheshire County: MAHC/105 Castle St Rehab. The County of Cheshire has received $500,000 in CDBG funds, the majority of which will be subgranted to Monadnock Affordable Housing Corporation to support its non-profit facilities project situated at 105 Castle Street, Keene, NH. The estimated total cost of the project is approximately $2,276,000 including approximately $500,000 of CDBG funding.

DESCRIPTION: The subject property includes the former office of Keene Housing which is located within a larger parcel that provides senior housing at Harper Acres development. The subject building provides office space and a large community room, kitchen, and laundry for the Harper Acres residents. In March of 2021, a fire did extensive damage to the southwest corner of the building and smoke damage throughout the entire building. The proposed activities at the subject property include a gut rehabilitation of the subject building due to the recent fire and the construction of a new roof.

Inspections for asbestos-containing materials were completed and ACMs are present and will be abated or managed in place, as required. A small portion of the subject property is located in a 100-year floodplain but no floodplains will be impacted by the project activities, except temporarily for access vehicles during the rehabilitation work. The 5 step floodplain decision-making process was completed and it has been determined that the proposed project is the best alternative.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to Rod Bouchard, Assistant County Administrator, County of Cheshire, 12 Court Street, Keene, NH 03431, rbouchard@co.cheshire.nh.us. All comments received by April 16, 2022, will be considered by Cheshire County Commissioners prior to authorizing the submission of a request for the release of funds.

ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION: John G. “Jack” Wozmak, JD certifies to the Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) that in his capacity as Chair, County Commissioners, County of Cheshire, 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. CDFA’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the County of Cheshire to use CDBG Funds.

OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS: CDFA will accept objections to the release of funds and the County of Cheshire’s certification for a period of fifteen days following the anticipated submission date or its actual 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 of the County of Cheshire; (b) the County 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 or other participants in the development process have committed funds, incurred costs or undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by CDFA; 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 the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed to CDFA, 14 Dixon Ave, Suite 102, Concord, NH 03301. Potential objectors should contact CDFA (603-226-2170) to verify the actual last date of the objection period.