Authorizes office of parks, recreation and historic preservation to lease and license the use of buildings and facilities within Knox Farm state park.
Ayes (59): Adams, Addabbo, Alesi, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Espaillat, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Johnson, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Martins, Maziarz, McDonald, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Oppenheimer, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (2): Hassell-Thomps, Huntley
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the parks, recreation and historic preservation law, in relation to leasing and licensing of property
PURPOSE OF THE BILL:
The bill would permit the Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation ("Commissioner") to enter into a lease or license not to exceed forty years for the adaptive reuse of a structure at Peebles Island State Park and buildings and facilities at Knox Farm State Park for residential or commercial purposes.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill would amend the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law ("PRHPL") § 3.09, subd. 2-d to add the "bleachery" property at Peebles Island State Park ("Peebles") and buildings and facilities at Knox Farm State Park ("Knox") to the list of facilities that the agency can enter into private leases for terms of up to forty years.
Section 2 of the bill would make the bill effective immediately upon enactment into law.
PRHPL § 3.09(2-d) authorizes the Commissioner to enter into leases of a number of specifically-named park structures for terms of up to forty years, in recognition that the extensive capital improvements needed to the listed structures require longer lease terms to secure private investment. In entering into any such lease, the Commissioner is required to ensure that the use of the leased structure is compatible with the public enjoyment of adjacent park facilities. Further, the lease must contain terms and conditions that the Commissioner deems necessary to address environmental, historic and recreational resources and to protect the public interest. Revenues from leases are. deposited in the State Park Infrastructure Fund to preserve, improve or rehabilitate park infrastructure.
This is a new proposal.
STATEMENT IN SUPPORT:
The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation ("OPRHP") has identified several structures within the Peebles and Knox that would benefit from the additional lease terms afforded under PRHPL
3.09(2-d). This bill would add these two additional properties to approximately fifty other properties previously designated by the Legislature as requiring longer term leases in order to attract private funds for repair and rehabilitation efforts. These efforts in the past have resulted in the renovation of such properties as the former bottling plant in Saratoga Spa State Park, which now houses the Automobile Museum.
Peebles Island State Park
Peebles Island State Park is a 191 acre park that sits at the intersection of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers, offering passive recreational opportunities such as hiking, fishing and picnicking. OPRHP purchased the property in 1973. The park includes several historic structures, listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places, including the "bleachery" complex (a 2-story building) built in 1910 by the Cluett, Peabody & Co., which at one time was the largest manufacturer of men's collars and shirts in the United States. OPRHP previously rehabilitated some portions of the building, which house the offices of the Division of Historic Preservation. However, other portions of the bleachery complex have been unused and unheated since 1972 and have significantly deteriorated. OPRHP neither has the funding necessary to rehabilitate the building for reuse nor has it identified an agency use for it.
Knox Farm State Park
OPRHP acquired Knox Farm State Park in 2000. Its 633 acres are comprised of walking paths and trails, 400 acres of grasslands, 100 acres of woodlands, ponds and several wetland areas, and soccer fields and riding areas maintained by the Town of Aurora. It includes a thirty- five room house with several outbuildings and an equestrian area. It is an outstanding example of farm and equestrian buildings from the turn of the 19th century that are eligible for listing on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Many of the structures are in relatively stable condition, but OPRHP has no use for the main house, the equestrian area and barns, and other vacant structures. Because they are vacant, they are deteriorating. Significant investment is needed to bring them into compliance with current building codes and make them accessible.
The bill would take effect immediately upon enactment into law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6719 IN SENATE March 13, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. LITTLE -- (at request of the Office of Parks, Recre- ation and Historic Preservation) -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation AN ACT to amend the parks, recreation and historic preservation law, in relation to leasing and licensing of property THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 2-d of section 3.09 of the parks, recreation and historic preservation law, as amended by chapter 302 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows: 2-d. Be empowered, in addition to any other provision of law authoriz- ing the leasing or licensing of property under its jurisdiction, to encourage investment by the private sector for the provision of equip- ment and capital improvements at historic sites, state park and recre- ation facilities by entering into lease or license agreements for an extended term not to exceed forty years at the following: in the first park region, for services provided at the observation tower, and for buildings and structures commonly known as the Cave of the Winds build- ing, the Top of the Falls Restaurant, the administration building, the visitor center, the Goat Island center, the snack bar at the Cave of the Winds, the current police building, the original Prospect Point elevator building, the lower landing snack bar and the Schoellkopf Museum, including improvements to structures and facilities appurtenant thereto at Niagara Reservation State Park, the site of the former casino, the former commission house and the eighty-slip boat marina within the boun- daries of Beaver Island state park and the structures known as the navy barracks, the post theater, the officers' club and the commandant's house within Fort Niagara state park,
[and the]buildings and structures at Deveaux Woods state park, AND BUILDINGS AND FACILITIES FOR ADAPTIVE REUSE FOR COMMERCIAL OR RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES WITHIN KNOX FARM STATE PARK; in the second park region, the building known as Minturn Mansion within Long Point on Lake Chautauqua state park; in the third park region, for buildings and structures commonly known as the Glen IrisEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14247-03-2 S. 6719 2
Inn, the Pioneer Museum, the Pinewood Lodge, the Prospect house, the Lauterbrunnen house, the Lower Falls restaurant building, the pool concession stands, the North Entrance visitor center, the administration building, the Commission house and the Stone building, including improvements to structures and facilities appurtenant thereto at Letch- worth State park; in the fourth park region, the structures known as the caretaker's house and garage within the Buttermilk Falls state park; in the seventh park region, the structure known as the brick cottage and associated outbuildings at John Jay Homestead state historic site, the structure known as the Hoyt House and the barns at Ogden Mills and Ruth Livingston Mills state park, the outbuildings at Olana state historic site and the building commonly known as the Staatsburg School in Margar- et Lewis Norrie state park; in the eighth park region, for buildings and structures commonly known as the Bear Mountain Inn, the A. K. Morgan Overlook Lodge, the Cliff house, the Hilltop lodge, the Summit lodge, the Echo lodge, the Beaver lodge and the Spring lodge, including improvements to structures and facilities appurtenant thereto at Bear Mountain State Park; in the ninth park region, the Boardwalk Restaurant at Jones Beach state park and the buildings and structures at Nisseq- uogue state park; in the eleventh park region, the structure known as La Tour house, the former bottling plant and dormitory for adaptive reuse, and property for the development of a golf course and related facilities within Saratoga Spa state park, AND THE FORMER CLUETT, PEABODY & COMPANY SHIRT MANUFACTURING COMPLEX FOR ADAPTIVE REUSE FOR COMMERCIAL OR RESI- DENTIAL PURPOSES WITHIN PEEBLES ISLAND STATE PARK. Any such lease or license may provide for reasonable rights of access, utilities and park- ing located within the boundaries of the respective park or historic site. Such extended term shall be for the purpose of assuring a lessee or licensee adequate protection against loss of investments in develop- ing, renovating, improving, furnishing and equipping such properties, and the length of the term of any such lease or license shall have a direct relationship to the period required to amortize the investment. Any such lease or license shall be entered into only after a finding by the commissioner that such action is compatible with public enjoyment and participation in adjacent park facilities, and in the case of struc- tures listed on or eligible for the state register of historic places, that such lease or license will encourage investment by the private sector in restoring, preserving and maintaining such properties. In addition, such lease or license shall contain terms and conditions as the commissioner shall deem necessary to address environmental concerns, including any historic and recreational resources of such property; the compatible uses of adjacent park lands and facilities; and otherwise to protect the public interest. The bid prospectus submitted to prospective bidders shall contain specific information concerning the nature of the capital improvements or equipment to be provided by the successful bidder. Revenues from the lease or license of property pursuant to this section shall be deposited into the state park infrastructure fund established pursuant to section ninety-seven-mm of the state finance law. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.