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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

Urban Renewal Plan DGEIS

Attention Public:

The East Third Street/South Fourth Avenue Urban Renewal Plan Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement is available for your review at the Department of Planning and the City Clerk.  Please forward any written comments to the Urban Renewal Agency at:

Urban Renewal Agency
1 Roosevelt Square, Rm 207
Mount Vernon, NY 10550

To Download the Urban Renewal Plan DGEIS, click on the following links:

URP_DGEIS_Part_1
URP_DGEIS_Part_2
URP_DGEIS_APPENDIX_PART 1
URP_DGEIS_APPENDIX_PART 2
URP_DGEIS_APPENDIX_PART 3
URP_DGEIS_APPENDIX_PART 4
URP_DGEIS_APPENDIX_PART 5

Legal Notice – The Adoption of a South Fourth Avenue – East Third Street Urban Renewal Plan

LEGAL NOTICE

MOUNT VERNON URBAN RENEWAL AGENCY

 

Notice of Public Scoping Meeting

For the Project Known as:

The Adoption of a South Fourth Avenue – East Third Street Urban Renewal Plan

 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 6:00pm

MountVernon City Council Chambers

City Hall – 2nd Floor

1 Roosevelt Square

Mount Vernon, NY 10550

 

The City of Mount Vernon Urban Renewal Agency will hold a Public Scoping Meeting in the City Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, City Hall at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 17, 2013.  The Agency wishes to receive public comments on the proposed scope of the Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS) to be prepared pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and its implementing regulations for the proposed adoption and prospective implementation of a South Fourth Avenue – East Third Street Urban Renewal Plan.  The Urban Renewal Agency of the City of Mount Vernon will serve as the “Lead Agency” under SEQRA.

The DGEIS will evaluate the potential environmental impacts of adopting the South Fourth Avenue– East Third Street Urban Renewal Plan and its implementing zoning legislation and the prospective development of the Urban Renewal Area in accordance with the Plan. The DGEIS would identify issues to be further addressed in the review of specific development projects in the Urban Renewal Area and establish specific conditions under which such development projects will be undertaken, reviewed and approved. 

 The public scoping meeting is intended to provide agencies involved in the decision-making process, individuals or parties that have advised the Urban Renewal Agency of their interest in the project and the general public with an opportunity to comment on the range of environmental topics to be analyzed in the DGEIS and to provide input as to the types and methodologies of analyses employed therein.  Following the receipt of oral and written comments on the Draft Scoping Document, a Final Scoping Document will be prepared by the Urban Renewal Agency and Planning Department staff reflecting substantive comments received.

A Draft Scoping Document has been prepared to:

  • describe the proposed action,
  • present the proposed framework for the DGEIS analysis, and
  • outline the procedures to be followed in the preparation of the DGEIS.

 Copies of the Draft Scoping Document are available at the following location, as well as available for download at the following link 

Urban Renewal Plan DGEIS Scoping Document

 FINAL Urban Renewal Plan DGEIS Scoping Document – April 2014

Department of Planning and Community Development

City Hall –Roosevelt Square

Mount Vernon,NY10550

 

Oral and written comments on the scope of the DGEIS will be accepted at the Scoping Meeting.  Thereafter, written comments may be submitted to the Mount Vernon Urban Renewal Agency at the address shown below until the public scoping comment period closes on Monday, December 23, 2013..

 

PLEASE NOTE: The close of public comment on scoping applies only to the creation of the DGEIS Scope.  There will be opportunities for additional public comment on the DGEIS following its preparation and acceptance as complete by the Lead Agency.

 

Contact Persons:

 Louis J. Albano, Executive Director

Mount Vernon Urban Renewal Agency

1 Roosevelt Square- City Hall

Mount Vernon, New York 10550

(914) 699-7230

                                             

Dated: November 20, 2013