Bill S6661-2013

Authorizes the commissioner of general services to transfer real property from the St. Lawrence psychiatric center to the city of Ogdensburg

Authorizes the commissioner of general services to transfer real property from the St. Lawrence psychiatric center to the city of Ogdensburg.

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  • Feb 25, 2014: REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT

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BILL NUMBER:S6661

TITLE OF BILL: An act authorizing the commissioner of general services to convey real property at the St. Lawrence psychiatric center to the city of Ogdensburg

PURPOSE:

To convey certain surplus land at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center to the city of Ogdensburg.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 authorizes the Commissioner of General Services to convey certain specified land and improvements situated thereon, at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center, to the city of Ogdensburg.

Section 2 describes the parcels of land at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center which are to be conveyed to the city of Ogdensburg.

Section 3 provides that this act shall take effect immediately.

JUSTIFICATION:

The St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center campus covers more than 400 acres, including extensive frontage along the beautiful St. Lawrence River, and access to highways and a major international border crossing. Over the course of several decades, core services at the facility have been centralized in just a few of the more than 100 buildings at the site, and much of the land remains vacant and unused, excluded from development and removed from local tax rolls.

Community leaders have long recognized the development potential for this unused land and buildings, and the City of Ogdensburg proposes to begin a long-term revitalization program utilizing these neglected assets. Development of these parcels would transform underutilized eyesores into major community assets that can help revitalize the North Country's economy and serve as a model for the rest of the state.

The City envisions redeveloping approximately 160 acres of surplus properties and buildings, arranged in four distinct sites across the campus, for mixed use residential, recreational, commercial and industrial purposes. Because the success of such an ambitious redevelopment plan will rely on full support and aggressive action by local community stakeholders, the City seeks transfer of these parcels from the state.

One need only to look at other recent examples to understand why local control is critical to the success of redevelopment efforts involving underused government-owned assets. Two such examples involve the former Griffiss Air Force Base, and Governor's Island near Lower Manhattan, where local control is allowing redevelopment after years of delay.

Such a visionary redevelopment effort would benefit Northern New York and St. Lawrence County by attracting significant private investment,

creation of hundreds of construction and permanent jobs, and returning hundreds of acres of now-exempt property to local tax rolls.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6661 IN SENATE February 25, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sens. RITCHIE, GRIFFO, LITTLE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government AN ACT authorizing the commissioner of general services to convey real property at the St. Lawrence psychiatric center to the city of Ogdens- burg THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The commissioner of general services is hereby authorized to convey to the city of Ogdensburg, the land and improvements situated thereon described hereafter. S 2. The property to be conveyed pursuant to this act consists of four parcels of land at the St. Lawrence psychiatric center, in the city of Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence county, described as follows: Parcel A: Surplus property as defined by the Office of Mental Health December 29, 2011. Situated between Route 37 and Cottage Drive; bounded on the northeast by Office of Mental Health long-term property for Chil- dren and Youth to include building numbers 38, 49, 50, 56, 57, 58 and 86, and bounded on the west by Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority lands, containing approximately 45 acres. Parcel B: 50 acres for residential development bounded by the Saint Lawrence River to the northwest, on the south by River Drive, northeast of Bridgeview to include all of the surplus land abutting the Saint Lawrence River between Bridgeview and Trinity buildings to include building numbers 10, 13, 17, 31, 62, 63, 64, 88, 89, 106 and 217; NOT to include buildings 65 or 66. Parcel C: 45 acres for commercial/industrial development bounded on the south and east by Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority lands, on the north by Woods Road, and southwest of any St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center Buildings. Parcel D: 25 acres for Co-Gen development, bounded to the south by Entrance Drive, on the east by Cottage Road, on the north by Office of Mental Health long-term property, on the west by buildings 32, 34, 35,
37 and 42 (not included), to include the Co-generation Plant and build- ing numbers 47, 54, 55, and 103. A precise description will be based on an actual survey of the proper- ty to be conveyed. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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