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File #: Res 1174-2019    Version: * Name: LU 582 - HCCI 2, Manhattan
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Finance
On agenda: 11/26/2019
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution approving an exemption from real property taxes for property located at (Block 1718, Lot 69; Block 1903, Lot 29; Block 1904, Lots 33 and 59; Block 1906, Lot 64; Block 2026, Lots 20, 22, 23, 26, 27, and 29; Block 2031, Lot 18; Block 2032, Lot 43; Block 2036, Lot 61; Block 2045, Lots 96, 97, and 100; Block 2046, Lots 7 and 63) Manhattan, pursuant to Section 577 of the Private Housing Finance Law (Preconsidered L.U. No. 582).
Sponsors: Daniel Dromm
Council Member Sponsors: 1
Attachments: 1. Housing Preservation and Development Letter, 2. Memorandum, 3. Res. No. 1174, 4. November 26, 2019 - Stated Meeting Agenda, 5. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 11-26-19, 6. Hearing Transcript, 7. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - November 26, 2019

THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
RES. NO. 1174

Resolution approving an exemption from real property taxes for property located at (Block 1718, Lot 69; Block 1903, Lot 29; Block 1904, Lots 33 and 59; Block 1906, Lot 64; Block 2026, Lots 20, 22, 23, 26, 27, and 29; Block 2031, Lot 18; Block 2032, Lot 43; Block 2036, Lot 61; Block 2045, Lots 96, 97, and 100; Block 2046, Lots 7 and 63) Manhattan, pursuant to Section 577 of the Private Housing Finance Law (Preconsidered L.U. No. 582).

 

By Council Member Dromm

WHEREAS, The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (“HPD”) submitted to the Council its request dated October 28, 2019 that the Council take the following action regarding a housing project located at (Block 1718, Lot 69; Block 1903, Lot 29; Block 1904, Lots 33 and 59; Block 1906, Lot 64; Block 2026, Lots 20, 22, 23, 26, 27, and 29; Block 2031, Lot 18; Block 2032, Lot 43; Block 2036, Lot 61; Block 2045, Lots 96, 97, and 100; Block 2046, Lots 7 and 63) Manhattan  (“Exemption Area”):

Approve an exemption of the Project from real property taxes pursuant to Section 577 of the Private Housing Finance Law (the “Tax Exemption”);

WHEREAS, The project description that HPD provided to the Council states that the purchaser of the Project (the “Owner”) is a duly organized housing development fund company under Article XI of the Private Housing Finance Law;

WHEREAS, the Council has considered the financial implications relating to the Tax Exemption;

RESOLVED:

The Council hereby grants an exemption from real property taxes as follows:

1.                     For the purposes hereof, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

 

a.                     “Company” shall mean Northern Manhattan Equities LLC or any other entity that acquires the beneficial interest in the Exemption Area with the prior written consent of HPD.

 

b.                     “Effective Date” shall mean November 30, 2018.

 

c.                     Exemption Area” shall mean the real property located in the Borough of Manhattan, City and State of New York, identified as Block 1718, Lot 69, Block 1903, Lot 29, Block 1904, Lots 33 and 59, Block 1906, Lot 64, Block 2026, Lots 20, 22, 23, 26, 27, and 29, Block 2031, Lot 18, Block 2032, Lot 43, Block 2036, Lot 61, Block 2045, Lots 96, 97, and 100, and Block 2046, Lots 7 and 63 on the Tax Map of the City of New York.

 

d.                     “Expiration Date” shall mean the earlier to occur of (i) a date which is forty (40) years from the Effective Date, (ii) the date of the expiration or termination of the Regulatory Agreement, or (iii) the date upon which the Exemption Area ceases to be owned by either a housing development fund company or an entity wholly controlled by a housing development fund company.

 

e.                     “HDFC” shall mean NME Housing Development Fund Company, Inc. or a housing development fund company that acquires the Exemption Area with the prior written consent of HPD.

 

f.                     “HPD” shall mean the Department of Housing Preservation and Development of the City of New York.

 

g.                     “J-51 Benefits” shall mean any tax benefits pursuant to Section 489 of the Real Property Tax Law which are in effect on the Effective Date.

 

h.                     “New Exemption” shall mean the exemption from real property taxation provided hereunder with respect to the Exemption Area.

 

i.                     “Owner” shall mean, collectively, the HDFC and the Company.

 

j.                     “Prior Exemption” shall mean the exemption from real property taxation for the Exemption Area approved by the New York City Council on October 7, 2014 (Resolution No. 441).

 

k.                     “Regulatory Agreement” shall mean the regulatory agreement between HPD and the Owner dated November 30, 2018 establishing certain controls upon the operation of the Exemption Area during the term of the New Exemption.

 

2.                     The Prior Exemption shall terminate upon the Effective Date.

 

3.                     All of the value of the property in the Exemption Area, including both the land and any improvements (excluding those portions, if any, devoted to business, commercial, or community facility use), shall be exempt from real property taxation, other than assessments for local improvements, for a period commencing upon the Effective Date and terminating upon the Expiration Date.

 

4.                     Notwithstanding any provision hereof to the contrary:

 

a.                     The New Exemption shall terminate if HPD determines at any time that (i) the Exemption Area is not being operated in accordance with the requirements of Article XI of the Private Housing Finance Law, (ii) the Exemption Area is not being operated in accordance with the requirements of the Regulatory Agreement, (iii) the Exemption Area is not being operated in accordance with the requirements of any other agreement with, or for the benefit of, the City of New York,  (iv) any interest in the Exemption Area is conveyed or transferred to a new owner without the prior written approval of HPD, or (v) the construction or demolition of any private or multiple dwelling on the Exemption Area has commenced without the prior written consent of HPD.  HPD shall deliver written notice of any such determination to Owner and all mortgagees of record, which notice shall provide for an opportunity to cure of not less than sixty (60) days.  If the noncompliance specified in such notice is not cured within the time period specified therein, the New Exemption shall prospectively terminate.

 

b.                     The New Exemption shall apply to all land in the Exemption Area, but shall only apply to buildings on the Exemption Area that exist on the Effective Date. 

 

c.                     Nothing herein shall entitle the HDFC, the Owner, or any other person or entity to a refund of any real property taxes which accrued and were paid with respect to the Exemption Area prior to the Effective Date.

 

d.                     All previous resolutions, if any, providing an exemption from or abatement of real property taxation with respect to the Exemption Area are hereby revoked as of the Effective Date.

 

5.                     In consideration of the New Exemption, the owner of the Exemption Area shall, for so long as the New Exemption shall remain in effect, waive the benefits of any additional or concurrent exemption from or abatement of real property taxation which may be authorized under any existing or future local, state, or federal law, rule, or regulation. Notwithstanding the foregoing, (a) nothing herein shall prohibit the granting of any real property tax abatement pursuant to Sections 467-b or 467-c of the Real Property Tax Law to real property occupied by senior citizens or persons with disabilities, and (b) the J-51 Benefits shall remain in effect, but the New Exemption shall be reduced by the amount of such J-51 Benefits.

 

Office of the City Clerk,     }
The City of New York        } ss.:

I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy of a Resolution passed by The Council of the City of New York on November 26, 2019, on file in this office.

 

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City Clerk, Clerk of Council