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Posted on: November 16, 2023

Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact and Notice of Intent to Request Release of Funds

A rendering of the proposed Steeple & Stone development on Broad Street.

Town of Cumberland

45 Broad Street

Cumberland, RI 02864

1-401-728-2400 ext. 146

These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the Town of Cumberland.


On or about December 11, 2023 the Town of Cumberland will submit a request to the RI Department of Housing for the release of CDBG Program Year 2022 funds under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-383) as amended, to undertake a project known as Steeple & Stone for the purpose of adaptive reuse of the historic yet vacant St. Patrick Church properties at 295 & 305 Broad Street. The church will be rehabilitated into 21 units, a rebuilt rectory will include 14 units, and 9 townhouses will be built along Broad Street. These 44 rental units will be 100% affordable and deed-restricted for 99 years. The estimated cost of the project is $18 million.


The Town of Cumberland has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment. Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required. Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) on file at Town of Cumberland, Office of Planning and Community Development, 45 Broad Street, Cumberland RI 02864 and may be examined or copied weekdays 8:30 A.M to 4:30 P.M.


Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the Town of Cumberland, Office of Planning and Community Development. All comments received by December 11, 2023 will be considered by the Town of Cumberland prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.


The Town of Cumberland certifies to RI Department of Housing that Jeffrey J. Mutter in his capacity as Mayor consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. RI Department of Housing’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the Town of Cumberland to use Program funds.


RI Department of Housing will accept objections to its release of fund and the Town of Cumberland’s certification for a period of fifteen days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following

bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the Town of Cumberland (b) the Town of Cumberland has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR part 58; (c) the grant recipient or other participants in the development process have committed funds, incurred costs or undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by RI Department of Housing; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed to RI Department of Housing at 315 Iron Horse Way, Suite 101, Providence, RI 02908. Potential objectors should contact RI Department of Housing to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

Jeffrey J. Mutter, Mayor, Town of Cumberland

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