Page 2A The Champion Free Press, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012
New Scott Candler Library opens Aug. 20
by Andrew Cauthenandrew@dekalbchamp.com
Another new library willsoon be open in DeKalbCounty.The 12,000-square-footScott Candler Library isscheduled to open Aug. 20following a grand openingceremony Aug. 18 at 10 a.m.The library, located at1917 Candler Road, willhave a 30,000-volume inven-tory, a 90-seat meeting room,designated areas for childrenand teens, 27 public accesscomputers and self-checkoutstations.“This is a great achieve-ment for the community andI am pleased to have voted toapprove the construction of this state-of-the-art facility,”said Commissioner
Designed by the Size-more Group architectural
rm, the new branch is part
of a mixed-use developmentthat also will eventuallyinclude a new senior center and senior housing.
The con-tract for the construction of the new senior center is ex- pected to be up for review bythe Board of Commissionersat the Aug. 14 meeting.Operating hours for thenew facility will be 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday and Tuesdayand 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednes-day-Saturday.
The Scott Candler Li- brary will be the seventhnew library facility con-structed since 2009. Threelibraries opened last year including facilities at Stone-crest, Salem Panola andHairston Crossing.The funding for the li- brary construction comesfrom a $230 million bondreferendum passed bycounty residents in Novem- ber 2005. Of that revenue,approximately $54.5 millionwas allocated for libraryconstruction and improve-ments while the remainder was set aside for transpor-tation improvements and parks and greenspace acqui-sition.
The library is part of John-son’s renaissance initiativefor the revitalization of Can-dler Road.So far, the area has a com- pleted streetscape projectwith benches, sidewalks and pedestrian-friendly lighting.A McDonald’s restaurant,located on the corner of Can-dler and McAfee roads, was built to conform with theoverlay district standards inthe area.
COMBINED NOTICENOTICE TO THE PUBLIC OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENTAND NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC OF REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS
August 9, 2012DeKalb County Human and Community Development Department150 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Suite 330Decatur, Georgia 30030Telephone (404) 286-3308TO ALL INTERESTED AGENCIES, GROUPS AND PERSONS:e DeKalb County Hunman and Community Development Department gives notice that it will submit a request for release of grant funds and an environmental certication pertaining to the U.S.Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 15 days following this publication. e request and certication relate to the following projects.
HOME Program: Brookside Apartments
3661 North Decatur Road, Decatur GA 30032
e purpose of the project is to acquire and demolish the existing vacant and abandoned Brookside Apartment complex, located at 3661 North Decatur Road, Decatur, GA 30032.Once the existing development is demolished, the property will be redeveloped as a passive recreational park containing green and open space, walks, benches, play areas, possible canopies, and trails. eproject will remove an abandoned, dilapidated, and blighted apartment complex and create green space and recreational opportunities that will serve the local community.
FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT (FONSI)
It has been determined that such request for release of funds will not constitute an action signicantly aecting the quality of the human environment and, accordingly, DeKalb County has decided not to prepare EnvironmentalImpact Statements under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (P.L. 91-190).e reasons for such decision not to prepare such Statements are as follows:An Environmental Assessment has been made for the project which concludes that all adverse eects will be minor, and any short-term impacts will be mitigated by either the requirements of the construction contract docu-ments or by the requirements of applicable local, state or federal permits and environmental ordinances. e positive eects of providing activities that augment and substantially improve the County’s eorts towards support-ing aordable senior housing in the targeted areas of the County outweigh any potential negative impacts. is project is consistent with the goals and objectives of the DeKalb County Community Development Department,approved Consolidated Plan.e Environmental Review Records, respecting the proposed projects, have been made by DeKalb County which documents the environmental review of the projects and fully sets forth the reasons why such EnvironmentalImpact Statements are not required.e Environmental Review Records are on le at the DeKalb County Human and Community Development Department, 150 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Suite 330, Decatur, Georgia 30030 and is available for public examinationand copying upon request between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.No further environmental reviews of the subject project are proposed to be conducted prior to the request for release of Federal funds.
Public Comments on FONSI
All interested agencies, groups, and persons disagreeing with this decision are invited to submit written comments for consideration by DeKalb County to the Human and Community Development Director. Written com-ments will be received at 150 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Suite 330, Decatur, Georgia on or before August 24, 2012. All comments received will be considered and DeKalb County will not request the release of Federal funds or takeany administrative action on the proposed projects prior to the date specied in the preceding sentence.
NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS (NOI/RROF)
At least one day aer the termination of the public comment period for the FONSI, but not before comments on the FONSI have been considered and resolved, DeKalb County will submit a Request for Release of Funds(RROF) and certication to HUD. By so doing DeKalb County will ask HUD to allow it to commit funds to these projects, certifying that (1) it has performed the environmental reviews prescribed by HUD regulations (“En- vironmental Review Procedures for Title I Community Development Block Grant Program” - 24 CFR part 58), and (2) the Certifying O cer, Chris Morris, Director, DeKalb County Human and Community DevelopmentDepartment, consents to accept and enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental reviews or resulting decision-making and action. e legal eect of the certication is that by approving it, HUD will have satised itsresponsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act, thus allowing DeKalb County to commit CDBG funds to these projects.
Objection to Release of Funds
HUD will accept objections to its approval of the release of funds and the certication only if it is on one of the following basis: (a) that the certication was not in fact executed by the Certifying O cer; or (b) that the applicant’sEnvironmental Review Record for the project indicated omission of a required decision, funding, or step applicable to the project in the environmental review process. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordanceto HUD at the Regional Environmental Branch, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 40 Marietta Street N.W., 15th oor, Atlanta, Georgia 30303-9812.Objections to the release of funds on basis other than those stated above will not be considered by HUD. No objection received aer September 10, 2012 will be considered by HUD.
Chris H. Morris, Director
DeKalb County Human and Community Development Department150 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Suite 330, Decatur, Georgia 30030
Date of Publication and Dissemination of Notice August 9, 2012
The old Scott Candler Library in south DeKalb has been replaced with a 12,000-square-foot facility that will house 30,000 volumes. The library is set to open Aug. 20. Photosby Andrew Cauthen