NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS
August 19, 2021
City and County of Honolulu
530 South King Street, Room 208
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
On or about August 27, 2021 the City will submit a request to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of Community Development Block Grant – Declared Disaster Recovery Fund (CDBG-DDRF) funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, to undertake a project known as:
Project: Waimanalo District Park – Remediation and Resiliency
Location: 41-415 Hihimanu Street, Waimanalo, Hawaii
TMK: (1) 4-1-009:264
Project Description: CDBG-DDRF funds will be used to renovate the Waimanalo District Park Multi-Purpose Building to repair damage caused by flooding in April 2018. The renovations, which will strengthen the building in order to better withstand future disasters will include, but is not limited to, interior renovations, roof replacement, installation of wind resistant windows and entryways, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements, and the installation of a photovoltaic system.
Total Estimated Cost: $3,975,000 (CDBG-DDRF)
The activities proposed are categorically excluded under HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58 from National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements. An Environmental Review Record (ERR) that documents the environmental determination for this project is on file at the Department of Budget and Fiscal Services, Federal Grants Unit, 925 Dillingham Boulevard, Room 240, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96817, and may be examined or copied on weekdays 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the to the City and County of Honolulu, Department of Budget and Fiscal Services, 530 South King Street, Room 208, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96813, and (808) 768-3901, Attention: Andrew T. Kawano, Director. Comments may also be submitted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. All comments received by August 26, 2021 will be considered by the City prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.
The City certifies to HUD that Andrew T. Kawano in his capacity as Director of Budget and Fiscal Services, 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 to use Program funds.
OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS
HUD will accept objections to its release of fund and the City’s certification for a period of fifteen (15) 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 City; (b) the City has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 Code of Federal Regulations (“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, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, objections should be emailed to the Office of Community Planning and Development, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development at CPDHonolulu@hud.gov. Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period by email at CPDHonolulu@hud.gov and email@example.com.
Andrew T. Kawano, Director
Department of Budget and Fiscal Services
By Order of RICK BLANGIARDI, MAYOR
City and County of Honolulu