Final Notice and Public Explanation of

81637 | 02/26/2021 | Ad id: 8-0000664234-01

Final Notice and Public Explanation of a Proposed Activity in a 100-Year Floodplain

To: All interested Agencies, Groups, and Individuals

This is to give notice that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under CFR Part 50 has conducted an evaluation 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. The activity is funded under Section(d)(4) program of the National Housing Act.

HUD is proposing provision of insurance for the funding for the new construction of Bell Rippy Neighborhood Apartments, a 100-unit market rate development to be located on 5.73 acres of partially developed land addressed at 2710 Blake Avenue and 2700 Palmer Avenue in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The proposed action will consist of five (5) three-story garden style residential buildings and one (1) two-story duplex, parking spaces, an outdoor recreation area, and a stormwater retention basin. An existing residential triplex located at 2710 Blake Avenue will be demolished prior to construction.

Approximately 0.56 acres of the far north portion of the property is within Zone A of the 100-year floodplain. No residential buildings will be located within the floodplain, however approximately 82 square feet of proposed parking, a paved walkway and a leveled recreational apace will be in this area.

The Colorado State Historic Preservation Office has concluded the proposed undertaking will result in "no historic properties affected." In addition, the project will have "no effect" to federal or state-listed species or habitat. Due to the private ownership and lack of unique natural features, there is no expected public interest for recreational, scientific, or educational purposes.

HUD has considered the following alternatives and mitigation measures to be taken to minimize adverse impacts and to restore and preserve natural and beneficial values:

1) No Action: HUD does not insure the proposed development. This alternative was not select ed since it fails to address a need for multifamily rental housing within the target area.
2) Select a different location: A market study for the development identified Glenwood Springs an ideal location to meet market demand for a multifamily development due to low vacancy rates and designation as a Colorado Opportunity Zone. No other available properties met the site selection requirements due to zoning, parcel size, or outside the boundary of the opportu nity zone. This alternative was rejected.
3) Modify the project to avoid or minimize impacts to the floodplain: Preservation of the natural functions and values of the floodplains will be achieved using an onsite stormwater de tention pond and drainage system. The development has been designed to avoid impacts to the floodplain as much as practicable, with all buildings and impervious surfaces located away from the floodplain on the north side of the property. The floodplain will remain largely untouched, with minimal permanent impacts. Complete avoidance of the floodplain is impracti cal due to design constraints and requirements for stormwater controls.

Insure the development as proposed: Constructing the development as proposed is the preferred option as this allows for the creation of needed housing in Glenwood Springs while protecting natural values, properties, and lives. Measures have been taken to protect the functions of the floodplain, including construction of debris flow fencing, underground detention, swales, tiered retaining wall system, and earthen berms directing stormwater flow around the buildings to nearby outfalls. Residents will be notified of the dangers of living in this area and encouraged to practice emergency preparedness. Additionally, all state and local water quality protection procedures will be included into the construction plans.

HUD has reevaluated the alternatives to building in a floodplain and has determined that it has no practicable alternative. Environmental files that document compliance with steps 3 through 6 of Executive Order 11988, are available for public inspection, review and copying upon request at the times and location delineated in the last paragraph of this notice for receipt of comments.

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. 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 the floodplain, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued risk.

As the HUD Denver office is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and employees are teleworking, written comments must be received by HUD via email at Email Me on or before March 6, 2021. Hard copies may be mailed to the following address, but this should be in tandem with an email.

Robert A. Fradley
HUD Construction Analyst
Office of Regional Administrator
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
1670 Broadway
Denver, Colorado 80202-4801
Email Me direct phone number is (303) 672-5059

A full description of the project will be made available electronically, upon request, or via mailing. Larry Flood, acting in his/her capacity as Production Division Director of the HUD Multifamily Colorado Regional Center, is the HUD Approving Official.

Date: February 26, 2021

Published in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent on February 26, 2021. 0000664234