ANGELICA PARK ADA IMPROVEMENTS
EARLY NOTICE AND PUBLIC REVIEW OF A PROPOSED ACTIVITY IN A 100-YEAR FLOODPLAIN NOTICE
CITY OF READING, PA
US DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

April 1, 2021

This is to give notice that the City of Reading has conducted an evaluation as required by Executive Orders 11988 (43 CFR 6030) and 11990, in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations on Floodplain Management, to determine the potential affect that its activity in the floodplain will have on the human environment. The City proposes to install an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-complaint trail at Angelica Park, a public recreation facility comprising approximately 3.41 acres, located at 575 St. Bernardine Street in Reading, Berks County, PA.

There are three primary purposes for this notice. First, people who may be affected by activities in floodplains and those who have an interest in the protection of the natural environment should be given an opportunity to express their concerns and provide information about these areas. Second, an adequate public notice program can be an important public educational tool. The dissemination of information about floodplains can facilitate and enhance Federal efforts to reduce the risks associated with the occupancy and modification of these special areas. Third, as a matter of fairness, when the Federal government determines it will participate in actions taking place in floodplains, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued risk.

Written comments must be received by the City of Reading at the following address on or before Friday, April 16, 2021: City of Reading, Community Development Department, 815 Washington Street, Reading, PA 19601. Attention: Mr. Neil Nemeth, Community Development Specialist; 610-655-6423. Comments may also be submitted via email at neil.nemeth@readingpa.gov, on or before April 16, 2021.

The City invites all interested persons to participate in the decision whether to assist this proposed project to take place in a floodplain/wetland. Besides its publication in this paper, this notice is being distributed to community groups and public agencies. Written comments regarding this issue should be received by the City no later than 15 days after publication of this notice in order to be considered in its decision-making process.

Issues raised during the course of the review will be integrated into the decision-making process. The City anticipates completing its review by April 17, 2021. A notice describing the findings and public explanation of its decision will be published in this paper on April 19, 2021. A seven-day period will be permitted for the public to offer comments on the decision.