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Health Resources and Services Administration

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT  

MOREHOUSE COMMUNITY MEDICAL CENTERS, Inc.

Proposed Construction of New Bastrop Clinic

Bastrop, LA

HRSA GRANT C14CS39923, PROJECT 177337-01

In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the Council on Environmental Quality regulations for implementing NEPA (40 CFR Parts 1500 through 1508) and the HHS General Administration Manual Part 30 Environmental Protection (February 25, 2000), HRSA has determined that the Proposed Construction of the new Bastrop Clinic, in Bastrop, Louisiana, will have no significant adverse impact on the quality of the human environment.  As a result of this FONSI, an Environmental Impact Statement will not be prepared.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provides discretionary grant and cooperative agreement awards to support health centers expand their capacity to provide primary and preventive health care services to medically underserved populations nationwide.

Morehouse Community Medical Centers, Inc. (MCMC) has applied for this HRSA award. The applicant proposes to use HRSA funding to construct a new 41,000 square-foot medical facility at 314 N. Franklin Street, in Bastrop, LA, 71220. The proposed site improvements would also include 210 parking spaces, a new driveway, and room for future expansion of the clinic. The proposed New Bastrop Clinic would consolidate three stand-alone sites (a pediatric clinic, a family practice clinic, and an administrative site), and allow for (1) the expansion of medical, dental and behavioral health services; (2) on-site to pharmacy, radiology, and laboratory services; and (3) community space that can be converted to a 25-bed shelter to house people who need low-level medical attention during an emergency. This clinic would also have an emergency generator that can power essential portions of the facility, which would allow MCMC to continue to treat patients in the event of a power outage. The applicant has submitted an Environmental Assessment (EA) that documents impacts of the proposed action.  This EA is incorporated by reference into this FONSI.

Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Assessment file for this project which can be found online here OR at the following address for public examination upon request between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

CommuniHealth Services

518 Durham Street

Bastrop, LA 71220

Attn: Katie Parnell

Phone: (318)239-8015

Email: Katie.parnell@CommuniHealth.org

No further environmental review of this project is proposed prior to final approval from HRSA.

Public Comments

Any individual, group, or agency disagreeing with this determination or wishing to comment on these projects may submit written comments to the APPLICANT, Attn: Katie Parnell, CEO, at the above referenced address.

HRSA will consider all comments received within 15 days of this “Notice” prior to final approval from HRSA.