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|Authorizes the city of New York to discontinue the use as parkland of a portion of Corporal Fischer park in the borough of the Bronx and to sell and convey such land upon terms and conditions to facilitate the construction of affordable housing.|
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NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A8422 SPONSOR: Joyner
TITLE OF BILL: An act to authorize the city of New York to discontin- ue the use as parkland of a portion of Corporal Fischer Park in the borough of the Bronx and to sell and convey such land upon terms and conditions to facilitate the construction of affordable housing   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this bill is to authorize New York City to alienate certain parkland.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This legislation would: *authorize the City of New York, acting by the Commissioner of the Department of Parks and Recreation, of such city to discontinue the use as parkland of a part of Corporal Fischer Park in the borough of the Bronx, described in Section 4, and to sell such land upon terms and conditions to facilitate the construction of affordable housing project in which one hundred percent of the dwelling units will be occupied by persons of low income as defined in Section 2 of the Private Housing Finance Law; *require that the city of New York to dedicate certain land known as Corporal Irwin Fischer Place as parkland to be added to the part of Corporal Fischer Park that is not being discontinued pursuant to this act to form a newly configured Corporal Fisher Park; *require the authorization contained in section one of this act to be subject to condition that New York City perform capital improvements to the newly configured Corporal Fischer Park so that the value of such dedicate lands and capital improvements are equal to or greater than the fair market value of the lands being discontinued as parkland; *require, if the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development fails to convey the discontinued parkland to facilitate the construction of a housing project for occupancy by persons of low income as defined in section two of the Private Housing Finance Law, such prop- erty to revert back to the New York City Department of Parks and Recre- ation to be used for park and recreational purposes; and, *require, if the parkland to be discontinued received funds pursuant to the federal land and water conservation fund, the discontinuance of parkland authorized by this act will not take place until the city has complied with the federal requirements pertaining to the conversion of parkland, including satisfying all conditions that the secretary of the interior deems necessary to assure that the substitution of other lands shall be equivalent in fair market value and recreational usefulness to the lands being discontinued.   JUSTIFICATION: In the 1990s, the Department of Parks and Recreation ("Parks") sought city approvals for the acquisition of a privately owned parcel (Block 2519, Lot 1) located between several city-owned properties, in order to create a cohesive 1.5-acre park to be known as Corporal Fischer Park. The park was to be created by combining the private lot with several city-owned lots assigned to Parks (Block 2520, Lot 19; Block 2519, Lots 27 & 32), along with Corporal Irwin Fischer Place, an unbuilt mapped street. The city was unable to acquire the privately owned lot which was subsequently developed by the owner as housing, and the city-owned lots were never improved for park purposes. Given the development of the private lot as housing, the previously envisioned 1.5-acre Corporal Fisher Park is no longer practical. This legislation, and the related commitment of various city departments and agencies, will ensure the alienation of parkland to provide for the construction of affordable housing in a Bronx County community in which the availability of affordable housing, particularly for seniors, is an unmet need. This affordable housing will be constructed on the southern city-owned lots (Block 2519, Lots 27 & 32). Accordingly under this legislation, as part of the current land use application ULURP 170305 MMX, the city will alienate Blocks 2519, Lots 27 & 32. This legislation, and the related commitment of various city departments and agencies, will also ensure that the northern city-owned lot (Block 2520, Lot 19), along with the unbuilt Corporal Irwin Fischer Place, will be developed as parkland. Accordingly under this legislation, Block 2520, Lot 19, along with Corporal Fischer Irwin Place, would be mapped as a park and serve as replacement parkland. As a result of this recon- figuration, the city would be able to move forward with the design and development of a more cohesive and functional Corporal Fischer Park and additional units of much needed affordable housing will be ensured.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None to the State.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.