Municipal Grant Program
February 9, 2009
Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC)
Request for Funding Proposals
Proposal Due Date: 3:00 p.m. – Monday, May 4, 2009
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
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.
Street Address (not PO Box)
City, State, Zip
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
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.
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 40,000–99,999 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or
contact your local ESD Regional Office.
； For specific questions regarding SEQRA, contact the NYS Department of
； For specific questions about SHPO, contact the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation
and Historic Preservation, or ESDC’s Planning and Environmental Review
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 3–12 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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Up to 15 President/CEO Up to 15
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
； 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
；;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.