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Update Public Review and Comment Period for the HUD Environmental Review


Date of publication or posting: December 21, 2023

Village of Downs
211 S. Seminary Street
Downs, IL 61736
(309) 378-3221


The above-named grantee has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the following project.
The EA is on file at the Downs Village Hall and is available for public examination and copying. Electronic
files can be requested by email at

Project Name: Village of Downs Downtown Streetscape Improvements 2023
Project Location: Seminary St., from Main St. to Franklin St.; Franklin St., from Main St. to Seminary St.,
Village of Downs, McLean County, Illinois
Estimated Cost of Project: $2,128,000.00

Nature/Purpose of Project: The Village of Downs, McLean County, Illinois will be committing Community
Project Funding Grant funds to undertake the project known as the Downs Streetscape. The location of
the project is more specifically defined as Uptown Downs Commercial District: Seminary Street, from
Main Street to Franklin Street; Franklin Street, from Main Street to Seminary Street. The proposed
project includes the construction of streetscape improvements in the business district in the Village of
Downs including improvements to ADA ramps and access, vehicular sight lines and safety, pedestrian
crossings and safety, drainage, parking improvements and quantity, multi-modal opportunities, along
with aesthetic streetscape surfaces and features.

The UGLG has determined that such request for release of funds will not constitute an action
significantly affecting the quality of the human environment and, accordingly, the UGLG has decided not
to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act of
1969 (PL 91-190).

The reason for such decision is because IEPA reports indicate a former unleaded gasoline underground
storage tank (UST) was buried outdoors between 201 S. Seminary Street and 209 S. Seminary Street. A
soil investigation beneath the former gasoline UST indicated that no contamination was present and a
No Further Remediation Letter was awarded as a result. The fuel and product lines, however, were
located in the Seminary Street right-of way adjacent to this site. A Preliminary Site Investigation (PSI)
completed in June 2023 indicated that the area would need field screening and monitoring during
construction activities. To mitigate potential adverse effects to construction workers, the soil disturbed
in the area of contamination identified in the PSI would need to be field screened and monitored. This
would direct the selection of personal protective equipment for construction workers. Excavated soil
that cannot be re-used in the trench and must be taken off site may require additional soil analysis to
satisfy the receiving landfill. Apart from the potential for contaminated soil in the project area, none of
the agencies who have been consulted noted any negative impacts, and the project is expected to have
only beneficial impacts on the human environment.

All agencies, groups or individuals disagreeing with this decision are invited to submit written comments
to the above address. Such written comments should be received on or before January 5, 2024. All such
comments will be considered, and the UGLG will not request the release of federal funds or begin the
project prior to such date.

On or about January 6, 2024 the UGLG will request the Department of Housing and Urban Development
(HUD) to release Community Project Funding Grant (CPF) funds under the Consolidated Appropriations
Act of 2023 (PL 117-328) as amended for this project.

The UGLG is certifying to HUD that it and its chief executive officer, in his official capacity as Mayor,
consent to accept the jurisdiction of the federal courts if an action is brought to enforce environmental
review responsibilities, decision-making, and action; and that these responsibilities have been satisfied.
Upon certification, the UGLG may use the CPF grant funds, and HUD will have satisfied its
responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. HUD will accept an objection to the
release of funds and certification only if (a) the certification was not executed by the chief executive
officer or other officer of the UGLG approved by HUD; or (b) the UGLG’s EA indicates omissions of a
required decision, finding, or step. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with 24
CFR 58 and may be addressed to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – Chicago
Field Office, Donald G. Kathan, Director, Community Planning and Development at

Objections for reasons other than those stated above will not be considered by HUD. No objections
received after January 5, 2024 will be considered by HUD.

Michael James, Mayor, 211 S. Seminary Street, Downs, IL 61736

Click on the following to get a copy of the posted environmental review or a copy can be obtained from the Village Hall during open office hours. Environmental Review Record posted at within 24 hours for the duration of the public comment period.