NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND NOTICE OF INTENT
TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS

April 29, 2021

City of Reading
815 Washington Street
Reading, PA 19601
Phone: 610-655-6423

These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the City of Reading.

REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS

On or about May 17, 2021, the City of Reading will submit a request to the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development its Request for Release of Funds for the installation of 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.

Funding sources for this project include $75,000 from the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Community Conservation Partnerships Program and $75,000 in Program Year 2020 (January 1 through December 31) Community Development Block Grant Funds from the City of Reading. The total project cost is estimated to be $150,000.

FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT

The City of Reading has determined that the above project 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) on file at the City of Reading, Community Development Department, 815 Washington Street, Reading, PA 19601, and may be examined or copied weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The review is available electronically for public examination, upon request, to neil.nemeth@readingpa.gov.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the City of Reading, Community Development Department, 815 Washington Street, Reading, PA 19601. Attention: Mr. Neil Nemeth, Community Development Specialist; 610-655-6423, on or before May 14, 2021. Comments may also be submitted via email at neil.nemeth@readingpa.gov, on or before May 14, 2021. Any comments received will be considered by the City of Reading prior to authorizing submission of a Request for Release of Funds.

ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION

The City of Reading certifies to HUD that Eddie Moran, in his capacity as Mayor, 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 Reading to use Program funds.

OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS

HUD will consider objections to its release of funds and the City of reading’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 or other officer of the City of Reading.
(b) The City of Reading has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulation 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 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 in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58, Sec.58.76) and shall be addressed to the Philadelphia Office of Community Planning and Development at CPD_COVID-10OEE-PHI@hud.gov for public comment for their office. Comments should specify which notice they are addressing. Potential objectors should contact HUD/State to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

Eddie Moran, Mayor