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File #: Int 2194-2020    Version: * Name: Requiring the dept of cultural affairs to study the real estate issues impacting cultural spaces.
Type: Introduction Status: Laid Over in Committee
Committee: Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations
On agenda: 12/17/2020
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law in relation to requiring the department of cultural affairs to study the real estate issues impacting cultural spaces
Sponsors: James G. Van Bramer
Council Member Sponsors: 1
Summary: This bill would require the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) to conduct a study of the forces driving the displacement of cultural spaces in the city and means of combatting them and incentivizing the creation of new cultural spaces. The study would include the input of various constituencies—from the arts, real estate and affected communities—as well as an assessment of policy solutions, such as the creation of an independent real estate holding company.
Indexes: Report Required
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 2194, 2. Int. No. 2194, 3. December 17, 2020 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 4. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 12-17-20, 5. Committee Report 1/19/21, 6. Hearing Testimony 1/19/21, 7. Hearing Transcript 1/19/21

Int. No. 2194

 

By Council Member Van Bramer

 

A Local Law in relation to requiring the department of cultural affairs to study the real estate issues impacting cultural spaces

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Definitions. For purposes of this local law, the following terms have the following meanings:

City. The term “city” means the city of New York.

Cultural space. The term “cultural space” means a facility where arts and cultural activities are conducted.

Department. The term “department” means the New York city department of cultural affairs.

§ 2. Study. The department shall conduct a study of the real estate issues driving the displacement of cultural spaces in the city and issue recommendations designed to address these issues with the goal of strengthening and preserving existing and incentivizing new cultural spaces. This study shall include, but not be limited to, an assessment of policy options, such as the creation of an entity with the expertise and ability to lease, develop, purchase and otherwise control and sublease real estate to promote cultural spaces. The department shall conduct the study in consultation with community members, property owners and developers, staff from relevant city agencies, artists, cultural organizations, architectural designers, real estate brokers, legal professionals and cultural stakeholders.  

§ 3. Report. a. No later than 270 days after the effective date of this local law, the department shall submit a report to the mayor and the speaker of the council setting forth its findings, as well as recommendations for legislation and policy to address any challenges identified. The report shall include a summary of information considered in formulating any conclusions or recommendations.

b. The department shall publish the report electronically on its website no later than 10 days after submission to the mayor and the speaker of the council.

§ 4. Agency support. Each agency affected by this local law shall provide appropriate staff and resources to support the work of such agency related to the study.

§ 5. Effective date. This local law takes effect immediately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LS #16699

12/9/20