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File #: Res 0785-2019    Version: * Name: LU 342 - Planning, 32-34 Putnam Avenue Cluster, Brooklyn (20195365 HAK)
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Land Use
On agenda: 3/13/2019
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution approving an Urban Development Action Area Project pursuant to Article 16 of the General Municipal Law and a real property tax exemption pursuant to Article XI of the Private Housing Finance Law for properties located at 32 Putnam Avenue (Block 1992, Lot 18); 34 Putnam Avenue (Block 1992, Lot 18); 550 Dekalb Avenue (Block 1778, Lot 14); 55 Carlton Avenue - aka 153 Park Place (Block 2031, Lot 1); 374-76 Prospect Place (Block 1160, Lot 30); and 1216 Pacific Street (Block 1206, Lot 20), and waiving the urban development action area designation requirement and the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, Community Districts 2, 3, and 8, Borough of Brooklyn (Preconsidered L.U. No. 342; 20195365 HAK).
Sponsors: Rafael Salamanca, Jr., Ben Kallos
Council Member Sponsors: 2
Attachments: 1. Land Use Calendar - Week of February 11, 2019 - February 15, 2019, 2. February 13, 2019 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 3. Hearing Testimony - Planning 2-11-19, 4. Land Use Calendar - Week of March 4, 2019 - March 8, 2019, 5. Land Use Calendar - March 7, 2019, 6. March 13, 2019 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 7. Committee Report, 8. Resolution, 9. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 3-13-19, 10. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - March 13, 2019

THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK

RESOLUTION NO. 785

 

Resolution approving an Urban Development Action Area Project pursuant to Article 16 of the General Municipal Law and a real property tax exemption pursuant to Article XI of the Private Housing Finance Law for properties located at 32 Putnam Avenue (Block 1992, Lot 18); 34 Putnam Avenue (Block 1992, Lot 18); 550 Dekalb Avenue (Block 1778, Lot 14); 55 Carlton Avenue - aka 153 Park Place (Block 2031, Lot 1); 374-76 Prospect Place (Block 1160, Lot 30); and 1216 Pacific Street (Block 1206, Lot 20), and waiving the urban development action area designation requirement and the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, Community Districts 2, 3, and 8, Borough of Brooklyn (Preconsidered L.U. No. 342; 20195365 HAK).

 

By Council Members Salamanca and Kallos

 

                       WHEREAS, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development ("HPD") submitted to the Council January 10, 2019 its request dated January 2, 2019 that the Council take the following action regarding the proposed Urban Development Action Area Project (the “Project”) located at 32 Putnam Avenue (Block 1992, Lot 18), 34 Putnam Avenue (Block 1992, Lot 18), 550 Dekalb Avenue (Block 1778, Lot 14), 55 Carlton Avenue - aka 153 Park Place (Block 2031, Lot 1), 374-76 Prospect Place (Block 1160, Lot 30), and 1216 Pacific Street (Block 1206, Lot 20), Community Districts 2, 3 and 8, Borough of Brooklyn (the “Disposition Area);

 

1.                     Find that the present status of the Disposition Area tends to impair or arrest the sound growth and development of the municipality and that the proposed Urban Development Action Area Project is consistent with the policy and purposes of Section 691 of the General Municipal Law;

 

2.                     Waive the area designation requirement of Section 693 of the General Municipal Law pursuant to Section 693 of the General Municipal Law;

 

3.                     Waive the requirements of Sections 197-c and 197-d of the Charter pursuant to Section 694 of the General Municipal Law; and

 

4.                     Approve the project as an Urban Development Action Area Project pursuant to Section 694 of the General Municipal Law.

 

5.                     Approve an exemption of the Exemption Area from real property taxes pursuant to Section 577 of Article XI of the Private Housing Finance Law.

 

                            WHEREAS, the Project is to be developed on land that is an eligible area as defined in Section 692 of the General Municipal Law, consists solely of the rehabilitation or conservation of existing private or multiple dwellings or the construction of one to four unit dwellings, and does not require any change in land use permitted under the New York City Zoning Resolution;

 

                       WHEREAS, upon due notice, the Council held a public hearing on the Project on February 11, 2019; and

 

                        WHEREAS, the Council has considered the land use and financial implications and other policy issues relating to the Project.

 

RESOLVED:

 

                           The Council finds that the present status of the Disposition Area tends to impair or arrest the sound growth and development of the City of New York and that a designation of the Project as an Urban Development Action Area Project is consistent with the policy and purposes stated in Section 691 of the General Municipal Law.

 

                        The Council waives the designation requirement of the Disposition Area as an Urban Development Action Area pursuant to Section 693 of the General Municipal Law.

 

The Council waives the requirements of Sections 197-c and 197-d of the New York City Charter pursuant to Section 694 of the General Municipal Law.

 

                        The Council approves the Project as an Urban Development Action Area Project pursuant to Section 694 of the General Municipal Law.

 

                     The Project shall be developed in a manner consistent with the Project Summary that HPD has submitted to the Council on January 10, 2019, a copy of which is attached hereto.

 

                                          Pursuant to Section 577 of Article XI of the Private Housing Finance Law, the Council approves an exemption of the Disposition Area from real property taxes as follows:

 

a.                     All of the value of the property in the Disposition Area, including both the land and any improvements (excluding those portions, if any, devoted to business or commercial use), shall be exempt from real property taxation, other than assessments for local improvements, for a period commencing upon the later of (i) the date of conveyance of the Disposition Area to the Sponsor, or (ii) the date that HPD and the Sponsor enter into a regulatory agreement governing the operation of the Disposition Area (“Effective Date”) and terminating upon 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 between HPD and the Sponsor, or (iii) the date upon which the Disposition Area ceases to be owned by either a housing development fund company or an entity wholly controlled by a housing development fund company (“Expiration Date”).

 

b.                     Notwithstanding any provision hereof to the contrary, the exemption from real property taxation provided hereunder ("Exemption") shall terminate if HPD determines at any time that (i) the Disposition Area is not being operated in accordance with the requirements of Article XI of the Private Housing Finance Law, (ii) the Disposition Area is not being operated in accordance with the requirements of the regulatory agreement between HPD and the Sponsor, (iii) the Disposition 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, or (iv) the demolition of any private or multiple dwelling on the Disposition Area has commenced without the prior written consent of HPD.  HPD shall deliver written notice of any such determination to the owner of the Disposition Area 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 herein, the Exemption shall prospectively terminate.

 

c.                     In consideration of the Exemption, the Sponsor and any future owner of the Disposition Area, for so long as the Exemption shall remain in effect, shall waive the benefits, if any, 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.

 

Adopted.

 

                        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 March 13, 2019, on file in this office.

 

 

 

 

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                                                                                                                                                                                                       City Clerk, Clerk of The Council

 

 

 

 

PROJECT SUMMARY

 

 

1.                     PROGRAM:                                                                                                                                                   AFFORDABLE NEIGHBORHOOD COOPERATIVE PROGRAM

 

2.                     PROJECT:                                                                                                                                                   32-34 Putnam Avenue Cluster

 

3.                     LOCATION:

 

                     a.                     BOROUGH:                                                                                                                              Brooklyn

 

                     b.                     COMMUNITY DISTRICT:                                                                                    2,3,8

 

                     c.                     COUNCIL DISTRICT:                                                                                    35, 36

 

                     d.                     DISPOSITION AREA:                                                                                    BLOCK                                          LOT                                          ADDRESS

                                                                                                                                                                1992                                                                18                                          32 Putnam Avenue                     

        1992                                                                18                                          34 Putnam Avenue

        1778                                                                14             550 Dekalb Avenue

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2031                                           1                                          55 Carlton Ave (aka 153                                                                                                          Park Place)

                                                                                                                                                                                                     1160                                                                30                                           374-76 Prospect Place

                                                                                                                                                                                                     1206                                                                20                                          1216 Pacific Street

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

 

4.                     BASIS OF DISPOSITION PRICE:                                                               Nominal ($1.00 per building).  The Sponsor will also deliver a note and mortgage for the remainder of the appraised value (“Land Debt”).  For a period of up to sixty (60) years following conversion, the Land Debt will be repayable out of resale or refinancing profits. The remaining balance, if any, may be forgiven in the final year of that period.

 

5.                     TYPE OF PROJECT:                                                                                                         Rehabilitation

 

6.                     APPROXIMATE NUMBER OF BUILDINGS:                     6 Multiple Dwellings

 

7.                     APPROXIMATE NUMBER OF UNITS:                                          56

 

8.                     HOUSING TYPE:                                                                                                                              Cooperative.  If units remain unsold at the end of the marketing period and HPD determines in writing that (i) sale is not feasible within a reasonable time, and (ii) a rental fallback is the best available alternative, then Sponsor may operate the building as rental housing in accordance with the written instructions of HPD.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Rental. Only 1216 Pacific Street.

 

 

9.                     ESTIMATE OF INITIAL

                     PRICE:                                                                                                                                                                        The cooperative interests attributable to occupied apartments will be sold to the existing tenants for

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  $2,500 per apartment.  The cooperative interests attributable to vacant apartments will be sold for a

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  price affordable to families earning no more than 165% of the area median income.

 

                     ESTIMATE OF INITIAL

                     RENT:                                                                                                                                                                        Initial rents will be established in compliance with federal regulations, where applicable, and will be affordable to the targeted income groups. All units will be subject to rent stabilization.  Eligible tenants may apply for rent subsidies.

 

 

10.                     INCOME TARGETS:                                                                                                                              The Disposition Area contains occupied buildings which will be sold subject to existing tenancies.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cooperative:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  After sale, units must be resold in compliance with federal regulations, where applicable.  Units not subject to such regulation may be resold to

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  purchasers with annual household incomes up to 165% of the area median.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Rental:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Vacant units will be rented in compliance with federal regulations, where applicable.  Vacant units not subject to such regulations will be rented to families with annual household incomes up to 165% of the area median.

 

 

11.                     PROPOSED FACILITIES:                                                                                                         Approximately 2 storefront commercial spaces - 550 DeKalb Ave.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Approximately 2 storefront commercial spaces - 55 Carton Ave.

 

 

12.                     PROPOSED CODES/ORDINANCES:                                                               None

 

13.                     ENVIRONMENTAL STATUS:                                                                                    Type II

 

14.                     PROPOSED TIME SCHEDULE:                                                               Approximately 36 months from closing to cooperative conversion.