Date: May 27, 2021

Applicant: City of Highland Heights

Address:   176 Johns Hill Rd., Highland Heights, Kentucky 41076   Telephone:859-44 l-8575

TO ALL INTERESTED AGENCIES, GROUPS AND PERSONS:

On or about June 15, 2021, the City of Highland Heights will request the Kentucky Department for Local Government to release federal funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (PL 93-383) for the following project:

Project Name: Highland Heights Opportunity House Project

Purpose of Project: Rehabilitation of an existing non-residential structure into congregate meeting space, 15 efficiency apartments and 1 one bedroom  apartment to  serve very  low income young adults ages 18-24 who will work while also attending a post-secondary educational institution.

Project Location: 3530 Alexandria Pike, Highland Heights, Kentucky

It has been determined that such request for release of funds will not constitute an action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment and accordingly, the City of Highland Heights has decided not to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (PL-91-190). These reasons for this decision are:

  1. The Kentucky Heritage Council confirmed the site is not of historic/architectural significance.
  2. Native American Tribes have been consulted and issued no adverse comments for the project.
  3. Proposed project activities have been found to meet applicable zoning requirements.
  4. Public utilities are in place and adequate to meet projected service demands from the project.
  5. Proposed activities are not expected to create significant negative environmental impacts.

An Environmental Review Record (ERR) respecting the within project has been made by the City of Highland Heights which documents the environmental review of the project and more fully sets forth the reasons why an EIS is not required. No further environmental review is proposed to be conducted prior to submission of the request for release of funds.

The ERR is on file at Highland Heights City Hall, 176 Johns Hill Road, Highland Heights, Kentucky. Persons wishing to review the ERR may do so during normal office hours. All interested agencies, groups or persons disagreeing with this decision are invited to submit written comments for consideration by the City of Highland Heights to Michael Giffen, City Administrator, Highland Heights, Kentucky 41076. Such written comments must be received at the above address on or before 4:30 pm, prevailing local time on June 14, 2021.

All such comments so received will be considered and the City of Highland Heights shall not request the release of federal funds or take any administrative action on the within project prior to the date and time specified in the preceding sentence.

The City of Highland Heights will undertake the project described above with Community Development Block Grant funds and the City of Highland Heights and Gregory V. Meyers, Mayor, in his capacity as Environmental Certifying Officer, consent to accept the jurisdiction of the federal courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to environmental reviews, decision making and action; and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. The legal effect of this certification is that upon its approval the City of Highland Heights may use the Community Development Block Grant funds and the State and HUD will have satisfied their responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. The State will accept an objection to its approval only if it is on one of the following bases:

  • That certification was not in fact executed by the City's Certifying Officer
  • The City has failed to make one of the two findings pursuant to S58.40 or to make the written determination decision required by SS58.57, 58.53 or 58.64 for the project, as applicable..
  • The City has omitted one or more of the steps set forth at Subparts F and G for the preparation and completion of an EA.
  • No opportunity was given to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation or its Executive Director to review the effect of the project on a property listed on the National Register of Historic Places, or found to be eligible for such listing by the Secretary of the Interior, in accordance with 36 CFR Part 800.
  • The recipient has committed funds or incurred costs not authorized by this part before release of funds and approval of the Environmental Certification by HUD or the State.
  • Objections have been made by a federal agency.

Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures set forth at 24 CFR Part 58 and must be addressed to the Kentucky Department for Local Government, 100 Airport Road, Frankfort, Kentucky  40601.

Objections to the release of funds on bases other than those stated above will not be considered by the State. No objection received after 4:30 pm prevailing local time on July 2, 2021 will be considered by the State.

Gregory V. Meyers, Environmental Certifying Officer
City of Highland Heights
176 Johns Hill Road
Highland Heights, Kentucky  41076