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File #: Res 0944-2019    Version: * Name: LU 457 - Capitol Apartments, Manhattan
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Finance
On agenda: 6/13/2019
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution approving an exemption from real property taxes for property located at (Block 1022, Lot 61) Manhattan, pursuant to Section 577 of the Private Housing Finance Law (Preconsidered L.U. No. 457).
Sponsors: Daniel Dromm
Council Member Sponsors: 1
Attachments: 1. Housing Preservation and Development Letter, 2. Res. No. 944, 3. Memorandum, 4. June 13, 2019 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 5. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 6-13-19, 6. Minutes of the Recessed Meeting of May 29, 2019 Held on June 13, 2019, 7. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - June 13, 2019, 8. Minutes of the Recessed Meeting of June 13, 2019 Held on June 18, 2019, 9. Minutes of the Recessed Meeting of June 13, 2019 Held on June 19, 2019

THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK

RES. NO. 944

 

Resolution approving an exemption from real property taxes for property located at (Block 1022, Lot 61) Manhattan, pursuant to Section 577 of the Private Housing Finance Law (Preconsidered L.U. No. 457).

 

By Council Member Dromm

 

WHEREAS, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (“HPD”) submitted to the Council its request dated May 28, 2019 that the Council take the following action regarding a housing project located at (Block 1022, Lot 61) 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 “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.                     “Contract Rent Deadline” shall mean three hundred and sixty-five (365) days from the date of the HPD letter requesting the information that HPD needs to calculate the Contract Rent Differential Tax for the applicable tax year.

 

b.                     “Contract Rent Differential” shall mean the amount by which the total contract rents applicable to the Exemption Area for such tax 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 the Effective Date.

 

c.                     “Contract Rent Differential Tax” shall mean the sum of (i) $887,411, plus (ii) twenty-five percent (25%) of the Contract Rent Differential; provided, however, that if the Owner fails to provide the contract rents on or before the Contract Rent Deadline, Contract Rent Differential Tax shall mean an amount equal to real property taxes that would otherwise be due in such tax year in the absence of any form of exemption from or abatement of real property taxation.

d.                     “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.

 

e.                     “Exemption” shall mean the exemption from real property taxation provided hereunder.

 

f.                     “Exemption Area” shall mean the real property located in the Borough of Manhattan, City and State of New York, identified as Block 1022, Lot 61 on the Tax Map of the City of New York.

 

g.                     “Expiration Date” shall mean the earlier to occur of (i) a date which is thirty (30) 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.

 

h.                     “Gross Rent” shall mean the gross potential rents from all residential and commercial units on the Exemption Area without regard to whether such units are occupied or vacant, including, but not limited to, rent supplements, rental assistance, or any other subsidy, but excluding gross potential rents from all residential units that contribute to the Contract Rent Differential Tax.

 

i.                     “Gross Rent Deadline” shall mean three hundred and sixty-five (365) days from the date of the HPD letter requesting the information that HPD needs to calculate the Gross Rent Tax for the applicable tax year.

 

j.                     “Gross Rent Tax” shall mean, with respect to any tax year, an amount equal to twenty-five percent (25%) of the Gross Rent in such tax year; provided, however, that if the Owner fails to provide the Gross Rent on or before the Gross Rent Deadline, Gross Rent Tax shall mean an amount equal to real property taxes that would otherwise be due in such tax year in the absence of any form of exemption from or abatement of real property taxation.

 

k.                     “HDFC” shall mean Capitol Apartments Housing Development Fund Corporation or a housing development fund company that acquires the Exemption Area with the prior written consent of HPD.

 

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

 

m.                     “Owner” shall mean, collectively, the HDFC and the Partnership.

 

n.                     “Partnership” shall mean Fifty First-Capitol Associates, L.P. or any other entity that acquires the beneficial interest in the Exemption Area with the prior written consent of HPD.

o.                     “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 Exemption. 

 

p.                     “Total Tax Payment” shall mean the sum of the Contract Rent Differential Tax and the Gross Rent Tax.

 

2.                     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.

 

3.                     Commencing upon the Effective Date, and during each year thereafter until the Expiration Date, the Owner shall make real property tax payments in the sum of the Total Tax Payment.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, (i) the total annual Contract Rent Differential Tax by the Owner shall not at any time exceed seventeen percent (17%) of the contract rents in the applicable tax year, and (ii) the Total Tax Payment shall not at any time exceed the amount of real property taxes that would otherwise be due in the absence of any form of exemption from or abatement of real property taxation provided by an existing or future local, state, or federal law, rule, or regulation.

 

4.                     Notwithstanding any provision hereof to the contrary:

 

a.                     The 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 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 Exemption shall prospectively terminate.

 

b.                     The 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, 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.

 

5.                     In consideration of the Exemption, the owner of the Exemption Area shall, for so long as the 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, 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. 

 

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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 June 13, 2019, on file in this office.

 

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City Clerk, Clerk of Council