EARLY NOTICE AND PUBLIC REVIEW
OF A PROPOSED ACTIVITY IN A 100-YEAR FLOODPLAIN
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
To: All interested Agencies, Groups and Individuals
This is to give notice that the City and County of Honolulu (City) under Part 58 has determined that the following proposed action under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and Grant Agreement Number B-16-MC-15-0001, is located in the 100-year floodplain and the City will be identifying and evaluating practicable alternatives to locating the action in the floodplain and the potential impacts on the floodplain from the proposed action, as required by Executive Order 11988, in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations on Floodplain Management and Protection of Wetlands.
The City has awarded CDBG funds to the Gregory House Programs to acquire two apartment buildings located at 1751 and 1753 Nanea Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96826, and identified as Tax Map Key (1) 2-3-031:003. The project will consist of 17 units of housing and parking. 16 units are 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom, and 1 unit is a 2 bedroom and 1 bathroom.
The property is located within the Special Flood Hazard Area Subject to Inundation by the 1% Annual Chance of Flood, Zone AO 100 Year Flood, 1 to 3 feet, with Sheet Flows, identified on the Federal Insurance Rate Map (FIRM), 15003C0366G, revised January 19, 2011. The total area of the project site is 10,752 square feet (SF).
There are three primary purposes for the notice. First, people who may be affected by activities in the floodplain 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. Commenters are encouraged to offer alternative sites outside of the floodplain, alternative methods to serve the same project purpose, and methods to minimize and mitigate impacts. Second, an adequate public notice program can be an important public educational tool. The dissemination of the information and request for public comment about floodplains can facilitate and enhance Federal efforts to reduce the risks and impacts associated with the occupancy and modification of these special areas. Third, as a matter associated with 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 should be submitted to Pamela A. Witty-Oakland, Director, Department of Community Services, 925 Dillingham Boulevard, Suite 200, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817, 808-768-7760, on or before January 5, 2018. A full description of the project may also be reviewed between the hours of 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Pamela A. Witty-Oakland, Director
Department of Community Services
By Order of KIRK CALDWELL, MAYOR
City and County of Honolulu