September 8, 2022
City of Warwick
Office of Housing Community & Development
3275 Post Road
Warwick, Rhode Island 02886
On or after September 19, 2022 the City of Warwick Office of Housing & Community Development will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the release of Community Development Block Grant funds under Title  of the Housing and Community Development Act of , to undertake the following: Pontiac Village Train Station Park Playground & Site Improvements, located at 145 Greenwich Avenue (41.72828,-71.47459), Warwick, Rhode Island. The purpose of the project is to make safety and accessibility improvements to the Pontiac Village Park & Playground. Improvements include relocating & consolidating play equipment into a central area, install new playground mulch or poured in place safety surface, connect the ADA walking path to around the playground and install new/relocate benches. The estimated cost of the project is $90,000.00 ($90,000 CDBG/HUD funds).
The activities proposed are categorically excluded under HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58 from National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements per 24CFR Part 58.5(a)(1). An Environmental Review Record (ERR) that documents the environmental determinations for this project is on file at the City of Warwick’s Office of Housing Community Development, 65 Centerville Road, 2nd floor, Suite I, Warwick, RI 02886, and may be examined or copied weekdays 8:30A.M to 4:30P.M.
Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the City of Warwick Office of Housing Community Development, 3275 Post Road, Warwick, RI 02886. Comments can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. All comments received by September 16, 2022 will be considered by the City of Warwick prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.
RELEASE OF FUNDS
The City of Warwick certifies to HUD that the Mayor, Frank J. Picozzi, 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 Warwick Office of Housing & Community Development to use Program funds.
OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS
HUD will accept objections to its release of fund and the City of Warwick 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 basis: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the City of Warwick; (b) the City of Warwick 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 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 can either emailed to HUD-Region 1 at CPD_COVID-19OEE-BOS@hud.gov or be addressed to HUD at:
Community Planning and Development
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Boston Regional Office, Region 1
Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. Federal Building, 3rd Floor
10 Causeway Street, Boston, MA 02222-1082
Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.
Frank J. Picozzi, Mayor
City of Warwick
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