Final Notice and Public Review of a Proposed Activity in a Wetland
To: All interested Agencies, Groups and Individuals
This is to give notice that the Louisville Jefferson County Metro Government has determined that the following proposed action under the Project-Based Vouchers Program and grant KY001VOW134 is located in the wetland, and Louisville Jefferson County Metro Government will be identifying and evaluating practicable alternatives to locating the action in the wetland and the potential impacts on the wetland from the proposed action, as required by Executive Order 11990, in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations on Floodplain Management and Protection of Wetlands.
The Prospect Family Apartments Project which will be known as The Veridian is being developed using Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) financing to provide housing to households with incomes at or below 80% of the Area Median Income. Of the 164 housing units proposed 100 will be subsidized with project-based vouchers from the Louisville Metro Housing Authority to enable tenants to pay income-based rents equal to 30% of their adjusted gross incomes. The 100 units with rental assistance are replacement affordable housing units for those demolished at the Beecher Terrace Public Housing Project. The project includes the acquisition of two parcels of land located at 10500 and 10600 US Highway 42, Prospect, Jefferson County, Kentucky 40059. The site includes a total of 13.2 acres with the project covering the majority of the site. The project will involve the new construction of two and three-story, walk-up apartment buildings and related amenities such as a single-story clubhouse, swimming pool and parking lots. It includes the demolition of an existing house, pool house and two outbuildings. There will be a total of 164 apartments including 40 one-bedroom, 60 two-bedroom and 64 three-bedroom units. While the proposed project is not located within the 100-year floodplain, there are some wetlands on site including 805 linear feet of intermittent stream, two ephemeral streams totaling 214 linear feet, .361 acres of emergent wetlands and one 0.179 acres open water pond. The streams provide seasonal drainage for the site. The pond is a man-made pond. The emergent wetlands are located below a berm forming the pond and provide drainage of the pond through seepage. Jurisdictional water/wetland features to be permanently impacted by the development total 0.479 acres and include 214 linear feet (0.007 acre) of ephemeral stream, 0.293 acre of wetland, and 0.179 acre of open water pond. Impacts to the ephemeral streams, wetland, and open water pond are necessary to allow efficient utilization of the development space and construction of required access and infrastructure. One intermittent stream will be bridged resulting in no permanent impacts. Silt fencing, sediment traps, and other appropriate best management practices will be implemented to further minimize impacts during construction. Due to the intermittent nature of the streams and the small area of wetlands to be potentially affected (.479 acres) these wetlands do not have any significant recreational, educational, scientific, historic, or cultural values. The proposed project is located at 10500 and 10600 US Highway 42, Prospect, Jefferson County, Kentucky 40059.
There are three primary purposes for this notice. First, people who may be affected by activities in wetlands 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 wetland, 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 wetlands 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 wetlands, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued risk.
Written comments must be received by Louisville Jefferson Co. Metro Government at the following address on or before February 23, 2020 Louisville Jefferson Co. Metro Government, Office of Housing, 444 S 5th St, Ste 500, Louisville KY 40202 and 502-574-3737 (TTY/Voice 711), Attention: Marilyn Harris, Director of Housing. A full description of the project may also be reviewed from 8 am to 5 pm Monday – Friday at the same address as above. Comments may also be submitted via email at Marilyn.Harris@louisvilleky.gov
Date: February 5, 2020
Current Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan