Posted Public Notices
Early Notice and Public Review of a Proposed
Activity in a 100-Year Floodplain
St Francis House Crisis Center Rehabilitation Project
To: All interested Agencies, Groups and Individuals
This is to give notice that the City of St. Augustine has determined that the following proposed action under US Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 22CV-S10 is located in the 100-year/500-year floodplain, and the City of St. Augustine 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 and/or 11990, in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations on Floodplain Management and Protection of Wetlands. This project will complete the renovation of the existing building at 64 Washington St. in St. Augustine, Florida. This building is the third of the St. Francis Housing Crisis Center’s campus. The completion of the building will provide additional shelter space for the provision of safe, clean, shelter to assist those experiencing unsheltered homelessness from contracting or spreading Covid-19. The completion of the renovation of this property will increase this agency’s overall capacity to shelter clients.
As it stands, this building has four walls and a poured slab. It is a shell. There is currently no roof. All other major construction and finish work must be completed. Some plumbing is stubbed out. This includes an electric lift that will accommodate wheelchairs and can be used by those with mobility issues.
Increasing our agency capacity to get people off the streets and into safe shelter where infectious disease protocols are in place, staff are available to monitor those who are experiencing illness for emergency medical needs, and out of the elements that can exacerbate transmission and the seriousness of symptoms for those infected serves all citizens as it can decrease community spread. This project covers 0.1 acres of floodplain. The proposed project is located 64 Washington Street in St. Augustine, St. John’s County.
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 St. Augustine at the following address on or before January 13, 2023: City of St. Augustine, 75 King Street, St. Augustine FL, 32084 and (904) 209-4302, Attention: John P. Reagan, City Manager. A full description of the project may also be reviewed from 9am to 5pm Monday-Friday at the same address as above and www.citystaug.com. Comments may also be submitted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date: December 23, 2022