Yellow - Proposed Phase 3
Orange - Phase 1 and 2 (completed in 2018 and 2021)
This project is part of the comprehensive sidewalk plan for the southern area of the Immokalee Community. Phases 1 and 2 were completed in 2018 and 2021. This phase will further the goal to provide an interconnected sidewalk network to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety, connecting residential areas to community facilities and commercial services.
Phase 3 will consist of constructing 6-foot-wide concrete sidewalks as well as drainage improvements associated with the sidewalks, along Eustis Street and W. Delaware from South 5th Street to South 1st Street (approximately 2500 linear feet).
Agnoli, Barber and Brundage (ABB) has been selected to complete the design and permitting for this project. The ICRA has been tentatively awarded federal appropriations grant funds in the estimated amount of $987,000 for the construction portion of this project.
On December 13, 2022, the Board of County Commissions (BCC) approved the Application and executed the federal forms for the Application. The Application was submitted on December 21, 2022, to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Application package included the Key Contacts Form, Project Narrative, Project Budget, and three (3) Federal Forms (Standard Form SF-424, SF-424D and SF-LLL).
The total cost for the Eustis & Delaware Project (design and construction) was estimated at $1.14M. The Immokalee Beautification MSTU and the Immokalee CRA will partner on this project.
Notice to proceed was issued to ABB on August 16, 2021. ABB finalized their 100% design plans on September 8, 2022, and provided an Engineer’s Opinion of Probable Costs in the amount of $1,007,822.50.
Total Municipal Solutions, Inc. (TMS) is the Project’s Certified Engineer & Inspector (CEI). TMS submitted a finalized Proposal for CEI Services in the amount of $101,215.60 and is on hold until the Grant Agreement requirements are finalized and the solicitation for a General Contractor is completed so the work may commence.
The Environmental Review was completed reflecting no significant impact; and letters were sent to the Tribal leaders for comment. The Tribal 30-day comments period expired on May 24, 2023. Staff prepared the required Notices for the Environmental Review Report for publication on August 22, 2023, with a 15-day public comments period. A request for a quote was sent to a floodplain consultant on October 17, 2023 for the review of the Environmental Review Report and for any necessary updates to ensure the Report’s completeness. A 5-step process was recommended as an addition to the Environmental Review Report due to the project being within the 100-year floodplain but not a wetland. On November 14, 2023 Tetha Tech was authorized to initiate the 5-step process.
The Request for Release of Funds and Certificate (RROF) was executed by the County Manager as the Responsible Entity. The executed RROF was sent to HUD’s Regional Field Officer in Miami, Florida for approval on December 14, 2023. On February 2, 2024, the HUD Field Officer in Miami determined the project to be Categorically Excluded Not Subject to 24 CFR 58.5 and it converted to exempt (no 7015.15 or 7015.16 forms are required). On February 2, 2024 Staff sent the Environmental Review Report and the 5-Stop Process to HUD in DC for review and requested confirmation to move forward.
The County cannot commit or spend funds (HUD or non-HUD funds) on hard costs or take any choice limiting actions until the project completes an Environmental Review. Examples of choice limiting action include, but are not limited to, entering a contract for construction or physical work on the project. Failure to comply with the prohibition on choice limiting actions can result in forfeiture of grant funds.
The environmental review process is completed when the RROF is approved by HUD’s CPD Field Office Director through the issuance of the Standard Form 7015.16 Authority to Use Grant Funds or upon confirmation of the authorization to proceed by the HUD authorizing officer in Washington, D.C.