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City Of Albuquerque Notice Of Second Substantial Amendment To The City Of Albuquerque 2016 Annual Action Plan

Funding From The U.S. Department Of Housing And Urban Development (Hud) Notice Of 30-Day Public Comment Period Publication Date: June 23, 2016

Notice is hereby given that the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico proposes to amend its 2016 Annual Action Plan, the fourth year of the 2013-2017 Consolidated Plan.   This Second Substantial Amendment proposes to allow the City of Albuquerque, Department of Family and Community Services (FCS), to use $802,661 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to renovate the Dennis Chavez Community Center, located at 715 Kathryn SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102.  The Dennis Chavez Renovation Project will be the First Phase of work at the center and will include the renovation of the approximate 11,750 sq./ft. facility, including upgrades to infrastructure, HVAC, roofing, and the addition of approximately 1,500 sq./ft.  In addition, the Architectural/Engineering design for the Second Phase of work will also be included in the scope of work.  Dennis Chavez Community Center provides recreation, cultural activities, education, health, wellness and fitness activities, as well as family life activities in a neighborhood facility that is well maintained, accessible and safe. The City will not issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) as stated in the original 2016 Annual Action Plan, but rather, the City’s Department of Family and Community Services will fund these activities directly.

A statutory, 30-day public comment period will begin on Friday, June 24, 2016 and end on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 5:00 PM.  All residents, property owners, persons with disabilities, immigrants, seniors, low-income, children and youth, homeless persons, and other stakeholders of the City of Albuquerque are encouraged to submit written comments or questions regarding the proposed Second  Substantial Amendment to the 2016 Annual Action Plan to Valerie Bargas, Community Development Manager, Department of Family and Community Services, located at Old City Hall, 400 Marquette NW, 5th Floor, Room 504, Albuquerque, NM 87102, or email at [email protected]

A copy of the 2016 Annual Action Plan, as well as the 2013-2017 Consolidated Plan are available for public review weekdays between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM at the offices of the Department of Family and Community Services, at the above mentioned location or available anytime on the City of Albuquerque website at: http://www.cabq.gov/family/documents/publications

A reasonable number of free copies are available at City offices located above, as are copies in alternate formats (Braille, large print, etc.) and in Spanish translation, upon request.

Summary:

The City of Albuquerque’s 2016 Annual Action Plan, the fourth year of the 2013-2017 Consolidated Plan, requires that this proposed change to the Plan undergo a substantial amendment process.  The substantial amendment must include public participation and a comment period of 30 days.  The City of Albuquerque is proposing to specify in its Second Substantial Amendment to the 2016 Annual Action Plan that $802,661 allocated to public facilities and improvements be used by the City Department of Family and Community Services for the renovation, and architectural and engineering fees for the Dennis Chavez Community Center, 715 Kathryn SE, Albuquerque, NM, and rather than issue a RFP, FCS will fund these activities directly.   Dennis Chavez Community Center is a neighborhood facility, which provides various programs ranging from recreation to education.

This change is required because the 2016 Annual Action Plan specified that the Department of Family and Community Services would issue a request for proposals in the amount of $802,661 in CDBG funds for public facilities and improvements; by this substantial amendment, the Department of Family and Community Services will not issue a Request for Proposals, but rather, will use the funds for the purpose described above.

Fiscal Impact:

There is no fiscal impact.  The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development determines the amount of CDBG funds that the City of Albuquerque receives each year.  The proposed change to the Annual Action Plan through this amendment will not affect the total amount of funding and will only involve a change of method of distribution of funds.

The development of the 2013-2017 Consolidated Plan and the 2016 Action Plan provide a foundation for the use of federal and local resources to address community development priorities.  For the fourth year of the Consolidated Plan, the HUD CDBG allocation to the City of Albuquerque is $3,888,280.

Projects under this Program work to increase access to services for vulnerable populations through the rehabilitation, acquisition and/or construction of public facilities.

Background:

The City of Albuquerque is a CDBG/HUD “entitlement” community.  The funds are allocated from HUD directly to the City of Albuquerque and do not pass through the state government.

CDBG Funding:

The program change includes:

A change in the method of distribution of funds to allow the City Department of Family and Community Services to renovate its Dennis Chavez Community Center at 715 Kathryn SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102 .

All Albuquerque residents, property owners, persons with disabilities, immigrants, seniors, low-income, children and youth, homeless persons, and other stakeholders in Albuquerque are invited to review this proposed Second Substantial Amendment to 2016 Annual Action Plan and comment on it in writing, until 5:00 PM on Saturday, July 23, 2016.  After receipt of public comments from the 30-day public comment period, the City of Albuquerque will address each comment in writing and will submit all comments and responses in its formal Second Substantial Amendment to HUD on or before December 31, 2016.