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Final Notice & Public Explanation of a Proposed Activity in a 100-Year & 500-year Floodplain

Final Notice & Public Explanation of a Proposed Activity in a 100-Year & 500-year Floodplain

To:All Interested Agencies, Groups, and Individuals

This is to give notice that the County of Cumberland has conducted an evaluation as required by Executive Order 11988, in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 C.F.R. 55.20, Subpart C, Procedures for Making Determinations on Floodplain Management and Wetlands Protection. The activity is funded under the Community Development Block Grant Program under Grant Numbers B-16-UC-42-0010, B-17-UC-42-0010, and B-18-UC-42-0010. The proposed project(s) is located at 120-124 South Front Street in the Borough of Wormleysburg, Cumberland County. CDBG funds will be used to demolish a vacant, blighted, and condemned triplex with rear garages, excavate the foundation if present and remove all rubble and debris, and grade the 0.2-acre property. The main portion of the triplex structure is located in the 100-year floodplain and its rear ell, as well as the rest of the property, is located in the 500-year floodplain. The next phase of the project will involve construction of a municipal parking lot in order to alleviate neighborhood on-street parking difficulties experienced by neighborhood residents.

The County of Cumberland has considered the following alternatives and mitigation measures to be taken to minimize adverse impacts and to restore and preserve natural and beneficial values: It is our determination that there is no practicable alternative for locating the activity outside the flood zone. As previously stated, all lots considered part of the neighborhood in which the proposed project site is located are situated in the 100-year or 500-year floodplains. There is no way to undertake this activity on a lot located in Zone X – Area of Minimal Flood Hazard – because there are no such lots within the neighborhood. Open land is difficult to find in the Borough. Lots located outside of the floodplain are too far north to be walkable and safe for neighbors wanting to walk home from their parking space. Taking no action will cause further damage for neighborhood residents because of the dilapidated and deteriorating nature of the triplex and garages. Rehabilitating the structures would be cost-prohibitive because of the level of deterioration. The rehabilitation would trigger a substantial improvement and compliance with floodplain regulations for flood-proofing residential structures. Therefore, the demolition in preparation for construction of the municipal parking lot is the only practicable alternative. All hazards present on the property will be contained during the demolition process with safe disposal of rubble and debris to minimize adverse impacts. Surrounding floodplain lands will not be impacted by the demolition. The proposed activity will be compliant with state and local floodplain protection procedures.

The County of Cumberland has reevaluated the alternatives to building in the 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. Files may also be emailed upon request at the email address listed below.

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

Written or verbal comments must be received via U.S. Postal Mail or email by the County of Cumberland on or before August 25, 2020. Mailed comments may be sent to - Attn: Chris Rafferty, Community Development Director, Cumberland County Housing & Redevelopment Authorities, 114 N. Hanover St., Carlisle, PA 17013. Emailed comments may be sent to crafferty@cchra.com. Comments may also be offered by telephone by contacting (717) 249-0789, ext. 130. A full description of the activity may also be reviewed at www.cchra.com or emailed upon request.

Date: August 17, 2020