Bill Text: NY A06865 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Authorizes the commissioner of general services to transfer and convey certain lands in New York city to the urban development corporation.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-03-22 - referred to governmental operations [A06865 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A06865-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                     March 22, 2019
        Introduced  by M. of A. DICKENS -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Governmental Operations
        AN ACT authorizing the commissioner of general services to transfer  and
          convey  certain  lands in the county of New York, city of New York, to
          the urban development corporation; and providing  for  the  repeal  of
          certain provisions upon expiration thereof
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Notwithstanding any inconsistent provision of  law  to  the
     2  contrary, the commissioner of general services is authorized to transfer
     3  and  convey  to  the  urban development corporation the remaining right,
     4  title, and interest of the people of the state of New York in the  lands
     5  and  improvements located at 121 West 125th Street and further described
     6  in section two of this act. The conveyance shall be  made  in  consider-
     7  ation of the sum of one dollar and upon such terms and conditions as the
     8  commissioner of general services may fix and determine.
     9    §  2. The lands and improvements authorized by section one of this act
    10  to be conveyed are generally described as follows:
    11                                  Parcel 1
    12    All that certain plot, piece or parcel of  land,  situate,  lying  and
    13  being  in  the Borough of Manhattan, City, County and State of New York,
    14  bounding and described as follows:
    15    BEGINNING at a point on the northerly side of West  125th  Street  and
    16  150  feet west of the point of intersection between the westerly side of
    17  Lenox Avenue and the northerly side of West 125th Street;
    18    (1) thence running westerly along the northerly  side  of  West  125th
    19  Street, 210 feet to a point;
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1    (2)  thence  running in a northerly direction parallel to the Westerly
     2  side of Lenox Avenue, 199 feet 10 inches to the southerly side  of  West
     3  126th Street;
     4    (3)  thence  running  easterly  along the southerly side of West 126th
     5  Street 210 feet to a point;
     6    (4) thence running in a southerly direction, parallel to the  westerly
     7  side of Lenox Avenue 199 feet, 10 inches to the point of beginning.
     8                                  Parcel 2
     9    All  that  certain volume of space which lies above a horizontal plane
    10  (the "Limiting Plane") drawn at elevation 80.20  feet  and  intersecting
    11  the  vertical planes determined by the above-described boundaries of the
    12  Premises; the elevation of the Limiting Plane being that in  the  System
    13  known  as  the  Borough  Works  Datum  of the Borough of Manhattan which
    14  designates as zero an elevation which is 2.75 feet above mean sea  level
    15  at Sandy Hook, New Jersey.
    16    SUBJECT to that certain Easement Agreement and Declaration made by and
    17  between  the  people of the state of New York, acting by and through the
    18  commissioner of general services, and the New York state urban  develop-
    19  ment  corporation, doing business as the empire state development corpo-
    20  ration, dated December 13, 2002 and  recorded  July  10,  2003  as  CRFN
    21  2003000222170; and that certain Indenture made the 20th day of December,
    22  1977 by The New York state urban development corporation and The city of
    23  New York recorded on 12/23/77 in Reel 422 page 1084.
    24    §  3. The description in section two of this act is not intended to be
    25  a legal description but  is  intended  to  identify  the  parcel  to  be
    26  conveyed.   As a condition of the purchase, the urban development corpo-
    27  ration may submit to  the  commissioner  of  general  services  for  her
    28  approval an accurate survey and description of the lands to be conveyed,
    29  which may be used in the conveyance thereof.
    30    § 4. The commissioner of general services shall not transfer or convey
    31  the  aforesaid  lands  and improvements unless an application is made by
    32  the urban development corporation within one year of the effective  date
    33  of  this  act.  Such  application  shall  be in the form of a resolution
    34  setting forth a comprehensive statement approved by  the  board  of  the
    35  urban  development  corporation  acknowledging  and  accepting  the  use
    36  restrictions set forth in section five of this act. The commissioner  of
    37  general  services and the president of the urban development corporation
    38  are hereby empowered to effect the transfer and conveyance  and  do  all
    39  things necessary to carry out the purposes and provisions of this act.
    40    §  5.  The  aforesaid land and improvements shall be used and improved
    41  for the purposes of, the National Urban League headquarters, including a
    42  conference center, a civil rights museum, retail and  office  space  and
    43  approximately  one  hundred  seventy  units  of  affordable housing, and
    44  accessory uses as described in the general project plan prepared by  the
    45  urban  development  corporation in accordance with the urban development
    46  corporation act, including any amendments or modifications thereto,  and
    47  upon termination of a required use, the commissioner of general services
    48  may request that the attorney general institute an action in the supreme
    49  court  for  a judgment declaring a revesting of such title in the people
    50  of the state of New York to all or any portion of the land and  improve-
    51  ments  not  in  compliance  with  the aforesaid use restrictions. In the
    52  event of termination of any such required use or uses during the term of
    53  the conveyance instrument, between said corporation and  the  entity  or
    54  entities  engaged  to construct and maintain the improvements, the urban

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     1  development corporation shall, consistent with the terms and  conditions
     2  of  the  instrument of conveyance, provide written notice to the commis-
     3  sioner of general services, within  one  hundred  eighty  days  of  such
     4  termination  of use. In lieu of an action seeking a judgment declaring a
     5  revesting of title as aforesaid, the owner of the land and  improvements
     6  not  in  compliance  with the use restriction, may purchase the reverter
     7  interest from the people of the state of New York at  the  current  fair
     8  market  value  thereof, as determined by independent certified appraisal
     9  or appraisals.
    10    § 6. This act shall take effect immediately and the authority  of  the
    11  commissioner  of  general  services to transfer and convey the aforesaid
    12  lands and improvements pursuant to this act shall expire two years after
    13  such effective date.