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

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

January  3, 2018

Grantee: Town of Salem, 33 Geremonty Drive, Salem,  NH 03079

Certifying Officer: Michael J Lyons , Chairman, Board of Selectmen 603-890-2000

Additional Contact:  Laurel Adams (603) 772-2655


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


On or about January 22, 2018, the Town of Salem will request CDFA/CDBG to release CDBG Program Funds for the proposed following activities:  The CDBG is for $500,000.  Salem will retain $15,000 for administrative expenses and subgrant $485,000 to Regional Development Center (REDC).  REDC will retain $10,000 for its loan service and delivery costs and loan $475,000 to Salem Ford, LLC.   Salem Ford will use the loan for equipment and working captial at its new location at 60 South Broadway Street in Salem, New Hampshire.  The site was formerly the Rockingham Racetrack.  Salem Ford will be constructing a car sales location at the site, including the construction of a 7000 sq foot facility.  The new facility is anticipated to create 25 jobs of which at least 15 will be available to low and moderate income persons.

Estimated Total Project Cost: $13,000,000+/-. CDBG Funding: $500,000; Other Funding: $11,500,000+/-



The Grantee has determined that the project(s) will have no significant impact on the human environment. This determination is based on the assumption that Salem Ford will get all required permits and will adhere to all applicable regulations.  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 the Grantee offices listed above and may be examined or copied weekdays 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. An electronic file may be requested at


Any individual, group, or agency disagreeing with this determination or wishing to comment on the project may submit written comments to the Grantee listed above. All comments received by January 19, 2018 will be considered by the Grantee prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.


The Certifying Officer, Michael J Lyons, Chairman, Board of Selectmen, certifies to CDFA/CDBG and/or HUD, that in his capacity as Certifying Officer for the Grantee, that he 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. CDFA/CDBG’s and/or HUD’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities, and allows the Grantees to use CDBG Program funds.


CDFA/CDBG will accept objections to its release of funds and the Grantees 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 Grantees; (b)  the Grantees have omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58; (c) the grant recipients has committed funds or incurred costs not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by CDFA/CDBG; 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) and shall be addressed to CDFA/CDBG, 14 Dixon Ave, Suite 102, Concord, NH 03301.

Potential objectors should contact CDFA/CDBG (226-2170) to verify the actual last day of the objection period (approximately February 6, 2018).