Early Notice and Public Review of a Proposed Activity in a 100-Year Floodplain


November 10, 2022

To:  All interested Agencies, Groups and Individuals, including but not limited to RICRMC, RIDEM, RIEMA

This is to give notice that the City of Warwick, Rhode Island under Part 58 has determined that the following proposed action under Community Development Block Grant funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-383) and HUD Grant B-19-MC-44-0004, B-21-MC-44-0004, B-22-MC-44-0004 is located in the 100-year floodplain, and the City of Warwick, Rhode Island 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. 

This early notice is for the proposed project that calls for removing and replacing of the existing playground equipment and corresponding impervious safety surface (poured in place rubber), the installation of a seasonal splash pad with integrated shade structure, ADA compliant walkways and access points, site furnishings including tables, benches, and trash receptacles, coastal dune restoration along the beach and boardwalk areas, and stormwater improvements that will capture the run-off from the facility and from Oakland Beach Avenue.  The City of Warwick received state grants, along with the proposed utilization of CDBG funds, to make the above referenced improvements.  The proposed activity is located (~41.684268 -71.39552) at the end of the area commonly referred to as the Oakland Beach Midway (Oakland Beach Avenue) and near the intersection of Oakland Beach Avenue and Stender Avenue on Warwick Tax Assessor’s Plat & Lots Plat/Lot – 375/562 & 376/549 and involves approximately 1 acre of area.  The proposed project is located in the City of Warwick, County of Kent, and State of Rhode Island.

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.  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 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 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 Warwick, Rhode Island at the following address on or before November 28, 2022:  Office of Housing & Community Development, 3275 Post Road, Warwick, Rhode Island, 02886 and (401) 921-9688, Attention:  William R. Facente, Manager.  A full description of the project may also be reviewed from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday - Friday at the Office of Housing & Community Development, 65 Centerville Road, Suite I (2nd floor), Warwick, Rhode Island, 02886.  Comments may also be submitted via email at william.r.facente@warwickri.com.

Frank J. Picozzi


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