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NeighborWorks Anchorage acquisition of the Chelsea Inn Hotel



Combined FONSI and Notice of Intent to Request Release of Funds


Name of Responsible Entity:
Municipality Of Anchorage 557 East Fireweed Lane, Suite D P.O. Box 196650 Anchorage, AK 99519-6650 Telephone Number: (907) 343 4881 These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the Municipality Of Anchorage.

On or about March 25, 2010 10:00 AM the Municipality Of Anchorage will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) program funds under 24 CFR 58.43 and 24 CFR 58.70, to undertake a project known as NeighborWorks Anchorage acquisition of the Chelsea Inn Hotel which is located at 3836 Spenard Road1, Anchorage, AK.  They intend to use $1,150,000 in HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) funds for the acquisition.  They also plan to use a Special Needs Housing Grant $1,845,500 from Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC), $14,000 Predevelopment Grant from AHFC, $75,000 NeighborWorks America Predevelopment Grant, and $34,000 from the MOA Weatherization Program.  Total estimated project cost is $3,118,500.  NeighborWorks plans to rehabilitate the property and convert it to a Single Room Occupancy (SRO) style rental apartment community to permanently house extremely low-income and/or formerly homeless individuals.  The property will feature 32-34 units and adequate common areas and amenities to support this use.  A common kitchen will serve the entire building.  The renovation will include minor interior renovations, weatherization, energy efficiency upgrades, and replacement of some windows.  A number of the windows have been replaced with vinyl windows.  The boiler may be replaced.  The building is approximately 11,700 square feet and is two and a half stories.  The property has a large paved parking lot.  The legal description is parcel: 010-124-38-000 Conroy Rushton BLK 3 LTS 10 & 11.  

The Municipality Of Anchorage has determined that the 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: Department of Neighborhoods Municipality Of Anchorage 557 East Fireweed Lane, Suite D P.O. Box 196650 Anchorage, AK 99519-6650 where the ERR can be examined or copied weekdays 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Any individual, group, or agency disagreeing with this determination or wishing to comment on the project may submit written comments to: Department of Neighborhoods Municipality Of Anchorage 557 East Fireweed Lane, Suite D P.O. Box 196650 Anchorage, AK 99519-6650 fax at 249-7858 e-mail boehmjh@muni.org All comments received by March 25, 2010, 9:00 AM will be considered by the Municipality Of Anchorage prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.  Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.

The Municipality Of Anchorage certifies to HUD that the Municipal Manager, George Vakalis, certifying officer in his/her capacity as Official title 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 Municipality Of Anchorage to use Program funds.

HUD will accept objections to its release of funds and the Municipality Of Anchorage'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 Name of RE; (b) the RE 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 has committed funds or incurred costs not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by HUD/State; 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) and shall be addressed to HUD grant administration office at: Office of Community Planning and Development US Department of Housing and Urban Development 3000 C Street, Suite 401 Anchorage, AK 99503   Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

Name and Title of RE Certifying Officer:
George Vakalis, Municipal Manager

"Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids, services, or special modifications to participate should contact the
Department of Neighborhoods by telephone at 343-4881; fax at 249-7858; or e-mail boehmjh@muni.org to request reasonable accommodations."

The Department of Neighborhoods, Municipality of Anchorage, has established an e-mail list to notify the public, non-profits, and other agencies of important meetings, reports, and other information relating to Affordable Housing, Homelessness, Public Housing, and Other Community Development Needs.  If you would like to be removed from this list, just reply with the word Remove.

James H. Boehm
Senior Neighborhood Planner
Department of Neighborhoods
Municipality of Anchorage
557 East Fireweed Lane, Suite D Mail:
P.O. Box 196650
Anchorage, Alaska 99519-6650
Phone: 907-343-4285 Cell: 907-317-7119
FAX: 907- 249-7858
E-mail: BoehmJH@muni.org
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