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File #: Res 1733-2017    Version: * Name: LU 820 - Mount Hope Preservation Apartments, Bronx
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Finance
On agenda: 11/30/2017
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution approving an exemption from real property taxes for property located at (Block 2807, Lots 16, 22, 52, and 56; Block 2809, Lot 31; Block 2849, Lot 24 and 64; Block 2861, Lots 123 and 135; Block 2867, Lots 134, 139 and 147; Block 3026, Lot 7) Bronx, pursuant to Section 577 of the Private Housing Finance Law (Preconsidered L.U. No. 820).
Sponsors: Julissa Ferreras-Copeland
Council Member Sponsors: 1
Attachments: 1. Housing Preservation and Development Letter, 2. Memorandum, 3. Resolution, 4. November 30, 2017 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 5. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 11-30-17, 6. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - November 30, 2017

THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK

RESOLUTION NO. 1733

 

Resolution approving an exemption from real property taxes for property located at (Block 2807, Lots 16, 22, 52, and 56; Block 2809, Lot 31; Block 2849, Lot 24 and 64; Block 2861, Lots 123 and 135; Block 2867, Lots 134, 139 and 147; Block 3026, Lot 7) Bronx, pursuant to Section 577 of the Private Housing Finance Law (Preconsidered L.U. No. 820).

 

By Council Member Ferreras-Copeland

 

WHEREAS, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (“HPD”) submitted to the Council its request dated November 6, 2017 that the Council take the following action regarding a housing project located at (Block 2807, Lots 16, 22, 52, and 56; Block 2809, Lot 31; Block 2849, Lot 24 and 64; Block 2861, Lots 123 and 135; Block 2867, Lots 134, 139 and 147; Block 3026, Lot 7) 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 Mount Hope Preservation Apartments LLC or a limited liability company that acquires the beneficial interest in the Exemption Area with the approval of HPD.

 

b.                      “Effective Date” shall mean the later of (i) the date of conveyance of the Exemption Area to the HDFC, or (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 the Bronx, City and State of New York, identified as Block 2807, Lots 16, 22, 52, and 56, Block 2809, Lot 31, Block 2849, Lots 24 and 64, Block 2861, Lots 123 and 135, Block 2867, Lots 134, 139, and 147, and Block 3026, Lot 7 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 Mount Hope Preservation 1A 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 with respect to any portion of the Exemption Area 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 real property taxation for the Exemption Area approved by the New York City Council on May 16, 1995 (Resolution No. 988).

 

k.                     “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.

 

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 past owner 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, 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. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the J-51 Benefits shall remain in effect, but the New Exemption shall be reduced by the amount of such J-51 Benefits.

 

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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 30, 2017, on file in this office.

 

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City Clerk, Clerk of Council