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GENERAL INFORMATION

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GENERAL INFORMATION

    Round 3

    RESTORE NY

    COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE

    Municipal Grant Program

    February 9, 2009

    Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC)

    Request for Funding Proposals

    GUIDELINES

    Proposal Due Date: 3:00 p.m. Monday, May 4, 2009

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    Restore NY Guidelines

    Table of Contents

    th Section 1: Intent to Apply Form (must be received by 5:00 pm Monday, March 9)

     Section 2: Program Description and Goals

     Section 3: Funding Proposal Submission Package Requirements

     Section 4: Funding Proposal Instructions

     Section 5: Funding and Project Limits

     Section 6: Scoring Criteria

     Section 7: Definitions

     Section 8: Terms and Conditions

     Section 9: State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) Consultation Instructions

     Section 10: ESD Regional Offices and Other Resources

Attachment: Restore NY Application

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Section 1 Intent to Apply for Restore NY Funding

    If Municipality is intending to apply for Restore NY funding, this form must be submitted by the leading municipal official. Mail form to Restore NY, Empire State Development, 30 South Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12245 or e-mail a signed pdf.copy to RNY3Intent@empire.state.ny.us by March 9, 2009.

    Applications from municipalities that do not submit this form will not be accepted.

    ESD will acknowledge receipt of the Letter of Intent by sending a confirmation e-mail to the contact

    person identified below. It is the responsibility of the municipality to ensure that the Letter of thIntent has been received by ESD. If an e-mail confirmation notice is not received by March 11,

    the municipality must contact ESD at (518) 292-5200.

Municipal Name

    Street Address (not PO Box)

    City, State, Zip

    County

    Contact Name

    Title

    Phone Number

    E-Mail Address

    NYS Unemployment Insurance Tax #

    Type of Municipality City Town Village

    Senate District #(s) and Name(s) #

    (If multiple, list all. Attach additional page if necessary.)

    Assembly District #(s) and Name(s) # (If multiple, list all. Attach additional page if necessary.)

    In the section below, provide a brief project description that includes how the project meets Restore NY goals (e.g. that the project will demolish/deconstruct and/or rehabilitate/ reconstruct vacant, abandoned, surplus and/or condemned residential, commercial and/or mixed use buildings). The description should include the size of the project (e.g. number of and/or square feet of buildings in the project. It should also include the intended reuse of the properties and other salient information such as its location in a target area of the community, or that it is part of a local revitalization or urban development plan. The description should not exceed 150 words.

Name of Project 1

    Estimated Project Costs

    Estimated Restore NY Request

    Briefly describe Project 1

NOTE: Check Section 5 for eligibility to apply for more than one project.

    Name of Project 2

    Estimated Project Costs:

    Estimated Restore NY Request

    Briefly describe Project 2

Signature

    Title Date

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Section 2 Program Description and Goals

The 2006-07 State Budget enacted the Restore New York’s Communities Initiative and gave Empire State

    Development Corporation the responsibility of implementing the $300 million program for the sole purpose of revitalizing urban areas and stabilizing neighborhoods.

    In Round 3, ESDC is soliciting requests for up to $150 million of Restore NY program funds.

    Municipalities, defined as cities, towns and villages, are invited to submit a Request for Funding Proposal for projects to demolish, deconstruct, rehabilitate and/or reconstruct vacant, abandoned, condemned and surplus properties. Additionally, funds can be used for site development needs related to the project including, but not limited to water, sewer and parking.

    Projects should be architecturally consistent with nearby and adjacent properties or in a manner consistent with the municipality’s local revitalization or urban development plan. Rehabilitation of municipal

    buildings and properties for municipal reuse is not eligible for Restore NY funding. Greenfield development is also ineligible.

    All projects require no less than 10 percent of the award amount in matching contributions. Cash and in-kind contributions are allowed. Section 7 further explains the match requirements.

    The goal of Restore NY is to revitalize urban centers. It is anticipated that upon completion, the projects funded by Restore NY grants will attract individuals, families, industry and commercial enterprises to the municipality. It is further anticipated that the improved community and business climate will result in an increased tax base thereby improving municipal finances and the wherewithal to further grow the municipality’s tax and resource base and lessen its dependence on state aid.

    Awards will be made to qualified applicants based statutory criteria and, to the fullest extent possible, in a geographically proportionate manner throughout the state. As such, funds may not be awarded to some applications with higher scores.

    Strong emphasis will be placed on projects from economically distressed communities as described in the statute. Priority will also be given to projects that leverage other state or federal redevelopment, remediation or planning programs including, but not limited to the Brownfield Opportunity Areas program and Empire Zones. Strong emphasis will also be placed on project feasibility and readiness.

    Strong emphasis will also be placed on project feasibility and readiness. Projects will score higher when they demonstrate that a majority of the criteria in Section 4 of the Application have been satisfied. This includes the following: Project Feasibility (e.g. market feasibility, business plan, letters of commitment on financing, etc.); Project Readiness (e.g. conformance with local planning and zoning, federal and state permits, etc.); Transportation and Utility Readiness (e.g. transportation analysis, utility evaluations, etc.); and Environmental Readiness (e.g. SEQR and SHPO consultation, etc.). Applicants that can demonstrate that plans are in place, project financing has been committed, and that the project is expected to start within a year of a Restore NY award will be considered more competitive.

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    Section 3 Funding Proposal Submission Package Requirements

No later than 5:00pm EST on Monday, March 9, 2009 Intent to Apply Deadline

No later than 3:00pm EST on Monday, May 4, 2009 Application Deadline

All New York State Cities, Towns and Villages Eligible Applicants

    (Counties, not-for-profit and private entities are not eligible.)

7 copies. Number of Copies

     All materials must be on 8.5 x 11 paper

     Assemble documents in a 3-ring binder no thicker than 2 inches and include all

    forms, enclosures and attachments

     Place the municipality’s name on the cover and the spine of the binder

1 copy of the Submission Package (defined below) and the Application Fee to Mail or Deliver

    the ESD Regional Office serving your area.

     6 copies of the Submission Package to:

    Restore New York

    Empire State Development

    30 South Pearl Street

    Albany, NY 12245

A non-refundable check payable to Empire State Development Corporation in the Application Fee

    amounts indicated below:

     $1,000 for cities over 100,000 population

     $500 for cities and villages of 40,00099,999 population

     $250 for municipalities under 39,999 population

    Application Fee must be included with the application binder which is delivered to

    the Regional Office.

Completed Restore NY Application and Attachments Submission Package

     Certification of Completeness signed by a Municipal Official

     Written commitment(s) of matching funds

     Proof of Notice of Public Hearing

     Proof of publication of the Property Assessment List

     A true and complete copy of the Municipal Resolution

     Application Fee

    Questions See Section 10 for contact information.

     For questions regarding this application, e-mail restoreny@empire.state.ny.us or

    contact your local ESD Regional Office.

     For specific questions regarding SEQRA, contact the NYS Department of

    Environmental Conservation.

     For specific questions about SHPO, contact the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation

    and Historic Preservation, or ESDC’s Planning and Environmental Review

    Office.

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Section 4 Funding Proposal Instructions

    If the Municipality intends to apply for Restore NY funding, an Intent to Apply form must be submitted by the leading municipal official by March 9, 2009 (see Section 1). Applications from municipalities that do not

    submit an Intent to Apply form will not be accepted.

    The Intent to Apply form must provide a brief project description that includes how the project meets Restore NY goals (e.g. that the project will demolish/deconstruct and/or rehabilitate/ reconstruct vacant, abandoned, surplus and/or condemned residential, commercial and/or mixed use buildings). The description should include the size of the project (e.g. number of and/or square feet of buildings in the project. It should also include the intended reuse of the properties and other salient information such as its location in a target area of the community, or that it is part of a local revitalization or urban development plan. The description should not exceed 150 words.

    The Restore NY Application must be certified by the leading municipal official that it is complete, true and accurate. A completed Application Checklist and Certification must be included. Incomplete applications will not be considered. However, ESDC, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to accept minor amendments and additions to this application.

Individual properties must be bundled into a definable “project (as defined in Section 7). The project may include

    the demolition, deconstruction, rehabilitation and/or reconstruction of a building or group of buildings that furthers the goals of revitalizing an urban center, encouraging commercial investment or adding value to the local housing stock. To constitute a coherent and cohesive project, a group of properties shall be selected because their reconstruction, rehabilitation, deconstruction or demolition are inter-related and will collectively advance a strategic objective of the local revitalization or urban development plan. A site map must be included for each project clearly identifying all targeted properties.

    Cities and Villages with populations of 40,000 or more are eligible to submit two projects. All other municipalities are limited to one project. See Section 5 for project funding limits.

If the municipality is eligible to apply for more than one project, complete Parts 312 of the Restore NY

    Application for each project. Clearly label each page with the Municipal Name and the Project Name. Place each Project Proposal (Parts 3-12) and supporting documents behind separate dividers in the application binder clearly marked Project 1 and Project 2.

    Individual Property Data Sheets and budgets must be completed for each property submitted. Attach a photograph of the building façade for each property. Attach a Site Control Affidavit for non-municipally owned properties (Part 7.c of the application).

    A Property Assessment List (as defined in Section 7) must be published in a local daily newspaper for three consecutive days. Evidence of the publication must be included in the application. Acceptable documentation is (1) photocopies of all three advertisements showing the dates of publication and/or (2) a signed receipt from the newspaper.

    A public hearing must be held to discuss the Restore NY application and the Property Assessment List. Proof of the publication of the Notice of a Public Hearing to discuss the Restore NY application and the Property Assessment List must be included in the application.

    The municipality’s legislative body must pass a resolution finding that the proposed project(s) is/are consistent with the municipality’s local revitalization or urban development plan; that the proposed financing is appropriate for the specific project(s); that the project(s) facilitates effective and efficient use of existing and future public resources so as to promote both economic development and preservation of community resources; and the project(s) develops and enhances infrastructure and/or other facilities in a manner that will attract, create and sustain employment opportunities where applicable. A true and complete copy of the resolution must be included in the application.

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Section 5 Funding and Project Limits

     # Funding Per Applicant Funding and Project Limits Project Project

    Cities over 100,000 population based on the last census 2 projects $10 million

    Cities and villages between 40,000 and 99,999 population based on the last census 2 Projects $5 million

    All other municipalities 1 Project $2.5 million

    Residential Property Per Unit Maximum Allowance

    Demolition/Deconstruction $20,000

    Rehabilitation/Reconstruction $100,000

    Maximum Commercial Building DEMOLITION Allowance Per Square Foot Source: Marshall Valuation Service

    Class A Class B Class C Class D Class S

    Structural Steel Reinforced Masonry Metal bents or

    Concrete Walls Wood or Steel Columns ESD Region

    Capital Region $6.47 $8.00 $5.08 $4.43 $4.25

    Central NY $6.30 $7.85 $5.13 $4.43 $4.05

    Finger Lakes $6.30 $7.85 $5.04 $4.43 $4.09

    Long Island $8.14 $10.10 $6.51 $5.79 $5.25

    Mid-Hudson $8.20 $10.17 $6.56 $5.83 $5.29

    Mohawk Valley $6.06 $7.48 $4.85 $4.27 $3.98

    New York City $8.20 $10.17 $6.56 $5.83 $5.29

    North Country $6.00 $7.40 $4.70 $4.10 $3.94

    Southern Tier $5.88 $7.33 $4.66 $4.19 $3.78

    Western NY $5.82 $7.18 $4.66 $4.19 $3.86

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    Maximum Commercial Building CONSTRUCTION Allowance Per Square Foot

    Source: Marshall Valuation Service

     RETAIL/ OFFICE LIGHT MANUFACTURING MIXED USE

     Class C Class D Class D Class A Class A Class B Class B Class C Class C Class D

    Masonry Wood Wood Masonry Wood or ESD or /Steel /Steel Structural Reinforced Structural Reinforced Masonry or Steel Concrete Studs Studs Region Steel Concrete Steel Concrete Walls Concrete Studs Capital

    Region $161.23 $149.76 $105.37 $97.73 $80.90 $74.15 $47.88 $43.97 $83.28 $77.51 Central

    NY $156.79 $146.96 $106.35 $97.73 $78.67 $72.76 $48.33 $43.97 $84.06 $77.51 Finger

    Lakes $156.79 $146.96 $104.38 $97.73 $78.67 $72.76 $47.44 $43.97 $82.51 $77.51 Long

    Island $202.65 $188.95 $134.91 $127.60 $101.68 $93.55 $61.31 $57.41 $106.64 $101.19 Mid-

    Hudson $204.13 $190.35 $135.89 $128.50 $102.42 $94.24 $61.76 $57.82 $107.41 $101.91 Mohawk

    Valley $150.88 $139.96 $100.44 $94.11 $75.70 $69.30 $45.65 $42.34 $79.39 $74.64

    NYC $204.13 $190.35 $135.89 $128.50 $102.42 $94.24 $61.76 $57.82 $107.41 $101.91 North Country $149.40 $138.56 $97.49 $90.49 $74.96 $68.60 $44.30 $40.72 $77.06 $71.77 Southern

    Tier $146.44 $137.16 $96.50 $92.30 $73.48 $67.91 $43.86 $41.53 $76.28 $73.20 Western

    NY $144.96 $134.37 $96.50 $92.30 $72.73 $66.53 $43.86 $41.53 $76.28 $73.20

    Maximum Allowance Where Certain HAZARDOUS MATERIALS are Present in the

    Demolition or Reconstruction Per Square Foot

    Source: Marshall Valuation Service

    ESD Region Asbestos Abatement Lead Removal

    Capital Region $41.75 $13.23

    Central NY $41.05 $13.01

    Finger Lakes $40.98 $12.99

    Long Island $52.94 $16.78

    Mid-Hudson $53.32 $16.90

    Mohawk Valley $39.43 $12.50

    New York City $53.32 $16.90

    North Country $38.66 $12.26

    Southern Tier $38.20 $12.11

    Western NY $38.12 $12.08

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Section 6 Scoring Criteria

Applications will be score based on how they address the goals of the Restore NY Communities Initiative

    and based on statutory criteria. Awards will be made, to the fullest extent possible, in a geographically

    proportionate manner throughout the state. As such, funds may not be awarded to some applications with

    higher scores.

A maximum of 115 points can be achieved based the categories defined in the table below.

Points Criteria Scale

Up to 15 Economic Distress 15 High

    10 Moderate

     5 Slight

Up to 25 Other Statutory 5 Mostly in an Empire Zone

    Priorities or

     5 Mostly in a Brownfield Opportunity Area

    Up to 20 Leverage of other State and Federal Programs

Up to 40 Program Goals Up to 20 Induce Commercial Investment

    Up to 10 Revitalize an Urban Center

    Up to 10 Improve Local Housing

Up to 20 Project Readiness / Up to 20

    Feasibility

Up to 15 President/CEO Up to 15

    Commissioner

    Discretion

Maximum 115

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Section 7 Definitions

    BROWNFIELD shall mean any real property, the redevelopment or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a contaminant.

    BROWNFIELD OPPORTUNITY AREA (BOA) shall mean an area of the municipality that has been approved for funding under the Brownfield Opportunity Area Program for the purpose of establishing a community based revitalization plan and implementation strategy to achieve brownfield redevelopment in a proactive and systematic way.

BUILDING CATEGORY shall mean the following:

     ABANDONED shall mean a wrecked or derelict building that has been left abandoned and

    unprotected.

     CONDEMNED shall mean a building declared by official order to be unfit for use.

     SURPLUS shall mean a municipally-owned building deemed surplus or no longer required.

VACANT shall mean having no occupants, or is mostly unoccupied.

BUILDING TYPE shall mean the following:

     COMMERCIAL shall mean real estate zoned for business or industrial use including retail, and that is

    at least 85% used for business, industrial and/or retail purposes.

     RESIDENTIAL shall mean real estate that is zoned for single-family homes, multi-family apartments,

    townhouses, condominiums and co-ops, and that is at least 85% used for residential purposes.

     MIXED USE shall mean buildings that include any combination of commercial, office, retail and

    residential uses where neither the commercial nor residential portion comprise 85% or more of the (square foot)

    of the building.

ECONOMICALLY DISTRESSED COMMUNITY shall mean the following:

     HIGHLY DISTRESSED COMMUNITIES shall have at least 25 households receiving public

    assistance income in the last decennial census (threshold requirement) and meet at least seven of the

    criteria listed below:

     MODERATELY DISTRESSED COMMUNITIES shall have at least 25 households receiving public

    assistance income in the last decennial census (threshold requirement) and meet at least five of the

    criteria listed below:

     SLIGHTLY DISTRESSED COMMUNITIES shall have at least 100 households receiving public

    assistance income in the last decennial census (threshold requirement) and meet four of the criteria

    listed below:

    ;;Population loss between the last and previous decennial census an absolute loss in population.

    ;;Unemployment rate (2006 annual average) higher than the state. (Municipal rate was used if

    population was over 25,000, otherwise county rate was used.)

    ;;Private sector employment growth rate between the last decennial census and the previous

    decennial census was lower than the state’s rate.

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