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On September 22, 2013, Westchester’s premier and largest arts and entertainment festival will kick off its 12th year. The festival, which began with a humble attendance of approximately 3500 people, has grown to over 40,000 festival goers. The arts on third festival began in 1999 as a precursor to Mayor Ernest D. Davis vision to transform 3rd Street into an arts district. Mayor Davis then formed a task force to research the development of an arts district. This blue ribbon task force, called the Third Street Task Force was composed of each sector of the community and became the impetus behind the Arts On Third Festival. Art was the vehicle used to revitalized the area and as a catalyst to social change. The festival brings together hundreds of volunteers and is the largest, single community effort in Westchester, New York.

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Urban Renewal Agency Designated Redeveloper Process

On August 26, 2014, the Urban Renewal agency adopted a new policy for designating redevelopers for urban renewal projects.  The process, as described in the legislation, is as follows:

 City of Mount Vernon Urban Renewal Agency Redeveloper Requirements & Designation Procedures Policy

 The City of Mount Vernon Urban Renewal Agency (“URA”) has adopted the following procedures for the sale, lease, or other disposition of any land or buildings owned by the URA which dispositions shall be made in compliance with Article 15-A of the General Municipal Law of the State of New York (“GML”). 

 

I. Disposition of URA Land to Redeveloper who Independently Comes to URA or Who has Previously Been Identified by URA

 The sale, lease, or other disposition of URA-owned property without auction or bid to a person, firm or corporation approved by the URA as a “Qualified and Eligible Sponsor” shall comply with the requirements of New York General Municipal Law § 507(2).

 Where a redeveloper has independently come forward with a project application to the URA, or where a redeveloper has been identified previously by the URA, the redeveloper shall submit to the URA (i) a comprehensive Redeveloper Statement containing such information as the URA shall reasonably deem necessary so as to evaluate the proposal and (ii) proposed redevelopment plans (“Proposed Redevelopment Plans”) for the proposed project. 

 1.  The Redeveloper Statement shall contain:

 Such information as the URA reasonably deems necessary in assisting the URA to determine the ability of the developer to undertake and complete the proposed project.  Such information shall include, but is not limited to: (i) the company’s financial history demonstrating the financial capability to undertake and complete the project; (ii) developer experience in successfully undertaking and completing projects of a similar size and/or scope; and (iii) proposed redevelopment plans for the use or reuse of the Urban Renewal Area or a portion thereof which proposed redevelopment plans shall be in furtherance of the objectives of Articles 15 and 15-A of GML.

 2.  The proposed redevelopment plan shall:
 Conform to the existing Urban Renewal Plan adopted by the URA, for the area in which the proposed project would be developed and shall conform to the City’s zoning, long range planning strategy and/or Comprehensive Plan. 

 If the redeveloper is seeking amendments to the existing Urban Renewal Plan and/or zoning or Comprehensive Plan, the redeveloper shall expressly state what amendment(s) to the Urban Renewal Plan and/or zoning would be required by for the development. 

 The URA shall review the Redeveloper Statement for completeness and may require additional information from the potential sponsor as necessary, until the URA is satisfied with the completeness of information.

 

II. Disposition of URA Land to Redeveloper by RFP

  If the URA is seeking a redeveloper, a Request for Proposals (“RFP”) shall be published by the URA identifying the project and goals to be accomplished.   Notice of such RFP shall be published on the City’s website as well as in at least one (1) of the following newspapers in general circulation: (a) The Journal News and/or (b) any other newspaper designated as the Official Newspaper of the City of Mount Vernon. 

 The RFP shall include a directive for all potential redevelopers to submit to the URA a comprehensive Redeveloper Statement.  The Redeveloper Statement shall contain:

 Such information as the URA reasonably deems necessary in assisting the URA to determine the ability of the developer to undertake and complete the proposed project.  Such information shall include, but is not limited to: (i) the company’s financial history demonstrating the financial capability to undertake and complete the project; (ii) developer experience in successfully undertaking and completing projects of a similar size and/or scope; and (iii) proposed redevelopment plans for the use or reuse of the Urban Renewal Area or a portion thereof which proposed redevelopment plans shall be in furtherance of the objectives of Articles 15 and 15-A of GML.

 Responses received shall be reviewed by the URA and the URA may require additional information from the potential sponsor as the URA reasonably deems necessary, until the URA is reasonably satisfied with the completeness of information.

 The URA shall make a determination of which potential redeveloper best fulfills the goals of the Urban Renewal Plan and long range planning strategy and/or City’s Comprehensive Plan, as well as other applicable considerations pursuant to state law.  The URA shall thereafter refer its recommendation to the City Council for its review and approval as required by GML.

 

III. Designation of Redeveloper

 Only after identifying a redeveloper, in compliance with the policies and procedures highlighted in either Article I or Article II above, the URA may then designate the redeveloper as a “Qualified and Eligible Sponsor” pursuant to GML § 507(2) which designation shall be referred to the City Council for its review and approval.

 

IV.  Covenants Running with the Land and Conditions of Sale

 Following such designation, and approval of City Council as necessary, the URA may sell, lease, or other disposition of URA-owned property to the Redeveloper approved by the URA as a “Qualified and Eligible Sponsor”.  Such disposition shall be subject to the following terms and conditions.

 1.  The properties sold, leased or otherwise disposed of in conformance with the Property Rehabilitation Standards and objectives of the Urban Renewal Plan.
 
2.  There shall be a requirement, whether as a reversionary interest in the land if disposed of by sale or as a leasehold condition, that the project be completed within a time agreed upon by the URA and the Redeveloper.  Any failure by the Redeveloper to so complete the project, after all applicable cure periods have expired, shall result in (a) the land sold to the Redeveloper reverting to the URA or (b) the leasehold interest in the land held by the Redeveloper being terminated.    

 3.  Any land sold, leased or otherwise disposed of to the “Qualified and Eligible Sponsor” shall contain a covenant running with the land which shall bind the Redeveloper and any successor or assign as well as any leasehold tenants which covenant shall prohibit restrictions in the sale, lease or occupancy of any real property so conveyed on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, gender, age, national origin, ethnicity, alienage or citizenship status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, familial status, genetic predisposition or carrier status.  

 4. The URA and “Qualified and Eligible Sponsor” shall negotiate a sale price which shall be in compliance with GML.

 5. If approved, the URA shall direct publication of a notice of sale in at least one (1) of the following newspapers in general circulation: (a) The Journal News and/or (b) any other newspaper designated as the Official Newspaper of the City of Mount Vernon.  The notice shall comply with GML in all respects. 

 6. If CDBG or HOME Funds are involved, the URA shall contact HUD to obtain approval of price and shall comply with any and all policies, procedures and regulations of HUD regarding such sale.

 7. The sale of URA land shall be subject to City Council approval which approval must follow a public hearing which hearing shall be held not less than ten (10) days after the publication of notice.  Publication shall be made on the City’s website and in at least one (1) of the following newspapers in general circulation: (a) The Journal News and/or (b) any other newspaper designated as the Official Newspaper of the City of Mount Vernon.

  

For a copy of the legislation, please click on the link below: 

Urban Renewal Agency Designated Redeveloper Legislation

ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD – AUGUST 27, 2014

MEETING NOTICE

OFFICIAL NOTICE – 2014 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROPOSED BUDGET

OFFICIAL NOTICE
CITY OF MOUNT VERNON NEW YORK

2014 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROPOSED BUDGET

Citizens of the City of Mount Vernon are urged to comment on the Fiscal year 2014 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for a proposed revised budget by the City of Mount Vernon Department of Planning and Community Development not later than Wednesday September 3, 2014.  To view, click the following link:

Official Notice of 2014 Amended CDBG Budget

Comments can be sent to:
Susanne Marino, Deputy Commissioner
City of Mount Vernon Department of Planning and Community Development
City Hall, 1 Roosevelt Square, Mount Vernon, New York 10550

Message from the Comptroller – July 2014 – Vol 21 Issue 3

July 2014 – Vol 21 Issue 3 – Page 1

July 2014 – Vol 21 Issue 3 – Page 2

COUNTY CLERK MOBILE PASSPORT APPLICATION OFFICE COMING TO CITY AUGUST 28

The Westchester County Clerk will bring its community outreach mobile office to Mount Vernon City Hall to process passport applications on Thursday, August 28, 2014 from 11 am – 2 pm. Community outreach staffers will be on hand to assist residents with applying for United   States passports, including having a photo taken.

To make the process move faster, applicants can fill out Application for Passport, Form DS-11 (downloadable at westchesterclerk.com) that must be signed in front of a staff member. Bring along a Certified Transcript of Birth with raised seal (commonly referred to as long form Birth Certificate that includes parents’ names), valid state or government issued identification such as a valid driver’s license, government identification card or military identification card and a passport photo if you have one.

It will cost $135 for adult applicants (16 and over) and $105 for child applicants (under 16) and can be paid by check, money order or credit card. This amount includes a $25 processing fee.

Please Note: You will need to have a passport to enter the United States by air, land or by sea unless you are a child under the age of 16 entering by land or sea with proof of U.S. citizenship or an adult with another travel document approved by the Department of Homeland Security. All children, including newborn infants, appear with the parent when applying for a passport. Parents of children under age 16 must provide consent of both parents in order for a passport to be issued if one parent makes the application.

Applicants age 16 through 17 must sign their name on the application. Minors involved in custody disputes may not apply for passports if a child’s name has been entered in The Children’s Passport Issuance Alert.

For more information contact the Westchester County Clerk at 914.995.3086 or visit them on the web at www.westchesterclerk.com.

URBAN RENEWAL AGENCY – AUGUST 26, 2014

MEETING NOTICE

ZONING BOARD – AUGUST 26, 2014

AGENDA

Zoning Board Public Meeting for August 19, 2014 re-scheduled

MEETING RE-SCHEDULED NOTICE

ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS

PUBLIC HEARING

The regular meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals to be held on Tuesday August 19, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, Second Floor, City Hall, Mount Vernon, New York. Has been re-scheduled to Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Grove Street Playground Renovation Request for Proposals

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL w/ QUOTES

 

The City of Mount Vernon Recreation Department seeks to retain the services of a professional playground consultant for layout and installation services for the Grove Street renovation project in the City of Mount Vernon as described below.

Please provide:

All quote responses by Friday, September 12, 2014 at 3pm.  No late submissions will be accepted. 

All quote responses should be sent to the following address:

Mr. Darren M. Morton, Ed.D

Commissioner

Department of Recreation

City of Mount Vernon

11 Roosevelt Square – City Hall

Mount Vernon,NY10550

 

SECTION I: BACKGROUND

 

The City of Mount Vernon Recreation department is seeking design services for a playground renovation project in the City of Mount Vernon.  The renovation project will consist of renovations at the Grove Street Playground located.  This playground renovation has been long overdue and will contribute to the growth of the city’s infrastructure and recreation facilities. 

 

SECTION II: SCOPE OF WORK

 

All candidates are required to provide a written quote for layout and installation services for the following removal and repairs as indicated below, as a part of the minimum scope of work that must be provided to the Recreation Department.   

 

Specification: Removal/upgrade and installation of existing playground equipment, swing set and play apparatuses.  Complete improvement/renovation of playground area, including layout and installation of playground equipment with a variety of activities, safety surface, benches, etc.  The playground areas must provide access to children ages 5 -12 and the basketball/multi-use area for all ages.   Proposal should include different options for safety surface, i.e. pour-in-place, wood chips, etc.   Minimum proposal requirements including swing area, play apparatus, safe surface, court area design, and sitting   

 

Playground Dimensions:   115’ x 94’ area

 

           

SECTION III: CRITERIA FOR SELECTION

 

The Mount Vernon Recreation department shall award the professional service contract or agreement based on experience with similar projects, merit and cost competitiveness.  Therefore,the successful candidate will submit a response to this request for quotes by providing a detailed quote for the following information:

 

1. Qualifications of the firms who will perform the service or activity.

 

2. Ability to perform the service or activity in a timely fashion, including staffing and the staff’s familiarity of the service or activity.

 

3. Cost competitiveness.

 

4. The Mount Vernon Recreation department and/or Staff reserves the right to conduct an interview or interviews with the prospective professional to discuss the scope of the professional services as outlined in the applicant’s proposal.

 

5. All Awards or waivers will be by resolution acted on by the Mount Vernon Recreation department.

 

6. This policy will include, but not limited to, all of the above listed requirements.

 

7. Any/all questions must be submitted in writing and will be shared with all prospective respondents along with the responses.  

 

 

All responses must be submitted by Friday, September 12, 2014 at 3pm to the Recreation Department.  NO LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  

 

All questions should be directed to Commissioner Morton via email only at dmorton@cmvny.com prior to Friday August 29th, 2014.  No further questions will be answered after this date. 

 

   

Firm Name ____________________________________________________________  

 

Firm Address: _________________________________________________________  

 

Firm Telephone Number: (        ) ___________________________________________  

 

Firm Website:                       __                     ___________________________________

 

Contact Name and Title:_________________________________________________ 

 

 

SCOPE OF WORK

All candidates are required to provide a written quote for layout and installation services for the following removal and repairs as indicated below, as a part of the minimum scope of work that must be provided to the Recreation department.   

 

Specification: Removal/Upgrade of existing playground equipment, swing set and play apparatuses.  Complete improvement/renovation of playground area, including layout and installation of playground equipment with a variety of activities, safety surface, benches, etc.  The playground areas must provide access to children ages 5 -12 and the basketball/multi-use area for all ages.    

 

Playground Dimensions:   115’ x 94’ area

 

                                                                                       Quote: $                              

 

Signature: ­­­­­­­­­­_________________                                                                            

 

 

Date: ____________                                                                                    

Public Hearing for Alexander Development Group Postponed to 09/10/2014

The Public Hearing for the Alexander Development Group Special Permit Application for 42 West Broad Street has been postponed to September 10, 2014 at 7:00PM in the City Council Chambers 2nd Floor of City Hall.

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