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File #: Res 0600-2015    Version: * Name: LU 179 - Schervier Apartments, Bronx
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Finance
On agenda: 2/26/2015
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution approving a partial exemption from real property taxes for property located at (Block 5750, Lot 500) the Bronx, pursuant to Section 577 of the Private Housing Finance Law (Preconsidered L.U. No. 179).
Sponsors: Julissa Ferreras-Copeland
Council Member Sponsors: 1
Attachments: 1. Housing Preservation & Development Approval Letter, 2. Memorandum, 3. February 26, 2015 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 4. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 2-26-15, 5. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - February 26, 2015
THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
RESOLUTION NO. 600
 
 
Resolution approving a partial exemption from real property taxes for property located at (Block 5750, Lot 500) the Bronx, pursuant to Section 577 of the Private Housing Finance Law (Preconsidered L.U. No. 179).
 
 
By Council Member Ferreras
 
WHEREAS, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development ("HPD") submitted to the Council its request dated December 19, 2014 that the Council take the following action regarding a housing project located at (Block 5750, Lot 500) the Bronx ("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 "Sponsor") 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 Schervier Apartments, LLC.
 
(b)      "Effective Date" shall mean the later of (i) the date of conveyance of the Exemption Area to the HDFC, and (ii) the date that HPD and the Owner enter into the Regulatory Agreement.
 
(c)      "Exemption Area" shall mean the real property located in the Borough of Bronx, City and State of New York, identified as Block 5750, Lot 500 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 thirty-five (35) 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 Bon Secours New York Housing Development Fund Corporation.
 
(f)      "HPD" shall mean the Department of Housing Preservation and Development of the City of New York.
 
(g)      "New Exemption" shall mean the exemption from real property taxation provided hereunder with respect to the Exemption Area.
 
(h)      "Owner" shall mean, collectively, the HDFC and the Company.
 
(i)      "Prior Exemption" shall mean the exemption from real property taxation for the Exemption Area approved by the Board of Estimate on April 28, 1983 (Cal. No. 300).
 
(j)      "Regulatory Agreement" shall mean the regulatory agreement between HPD and the Owner establishing certain controls upon the operation of the Exemption Area during the term of the New Exemption.
 
(k)      "Shelter Rent" shall mean the total rents received from the commercial and rental occupants of the Exemption Area, including any federal subsidy (including, but not limited to, Section 8, rent supplements, and rental assistance), less the cost of providing to such occupants electricity, gas, heat and other utilities.
 
(l)      "Shelter Rent Tax" shall mean $131,688 plus (ii) an additional amount equal to twenty-five percent (25%) of the amount by which the total contract rents applicable to the housing project for that year (as adjusted and established pursuant to Section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937, as amended), exceed the total contract rents which are authorized as of six (6) months from the Effective Date.
 
2.      The Prior Exemption shall terminate upon the Effective Date.
 
3.      All of the value of the property, including both the land and the 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 Effective Date and terminating upon the Expiration Date.
 
4.      Commencing upon the Effective Date and during each year thereafter until the Expiration Date, the New Owner shall make annual real property tax payments in the sum of the Shelter Rent Tax.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, the total annual real property tax payment by the Owner shall not at any time exceed the amount of real estate taxes that would otherwise be due in the absence of any form of tax exemption or abatement provided by an existing or future local, state, or federal law, rule or regulation.
 
5.      Notwithstanding any provision hereof to the contrary:
 
a.      The New Exemption shall terminate if HPD determines 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)  the Exemption Area is conveyed to a new owner without the prior written approval of HPD, or (v) the 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 the New 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 a building on the Exemption Area that exists on the Effective Date.
 
c.            Nothing herein shall entitle the HDFC to a refund of any real property taxes which accrued and were paid with respect to the Exemption Area prior to the Effective Date.
 
6.      In consideration of the New Exemption, the owner of the Exemption Area, for so long as the New Exemption shall remain in effect, shall 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.
 
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 February 26, 2015, on file in this office.
 
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City Clerk, Clerk of Council