senate Bill S1406

Signed by Governor

Defines the Richardson Center Corporation as an educational institution and authorizes the commissioner of general services to sell and convey certain land in the city of Buffalo, county of Erie

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor
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  • 07 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS
  • 08 / Feb / 2011
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.75
  • 14 / Feb / 2011
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 15 / Feb / 2011
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 03 / Mar / 2011
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 03 / Mar / 2011
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 03 / Mar / 2011
    • REFERRED TO WAYS AND MEANS
  • 14 / Mar / 2011
    • SUBSTITUTED FOR A371
  • 14 / Mar / 2011
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.99
  • 14 / Mar / 2011
    • PASSED ASSEMBLY
  • 14 / Mar / 2011
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 01 / Apr / 2011
    • DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • 13 / Apr / 2011
    • SIGNED CHAP.14

Summary

Defines the Richardson Center Corporation as an educational institution and authorizes the commissioner of general services to sell and convey certain land in the city of Buffalo, county of Erie.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A371
Versions:
S1406
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Law Section:
Public Authorities Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§1676 & 1680, Pub Auth L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S7488A, A10578B

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BILL NUMBER:S1406

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the public authorities law, in relation to defining the
Richardson Center Corporation as an educational institution and
authorizing the commissioner of general services to sell and convey
certain land in the city of Buffalo, county of Erie
and to provide for a reversion of certain lands to the state of New York

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This bill authorizes the sale and
conveyance of state property formerly known as the Buffalo
Psychiatric Center from the State Office of Mental Health to the
Richardson Center Corporation to meet the needs of the reuse for this
property that was initially advanced in 2006 through an allocation of
576.5 million in state funds.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Sections 1 and 2 identify Richardson Center Corp.

Section 3 allows for the conveyance of land upon the consent of the
commissioner of the office of mental health to the Richardson Center
Corporation.

Section 4 describes the specific boundaries for the transfer of land.

Section 5 states the conveyance described in the bill is not intended
to be a legal description.

Section 6 states the commissioner of general services shall not grant
the land conveyed unless an application is made by the Richardson
Center Corp. within one year of the date of passage of this legislation.

Section 7 gives the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
The board of the Richardson Center Corporation (RCC)
was appointed in July, 2006 by then New York State Governor George
Pataki. The Richardson Complex reuse has an allocation of 576.5
million in New York State funds.

The Richardson Center Corporation has advanced a sound planning
process, undertaken vital collaborations, conducted stabilization and
is moving towards implementation.

The Richardson Olmsted Complex is recognized as a remarkable
achievement of the great American architect Henry Hobson Richardson,
the father of landscape design Fredrick Law Olmsted, and the
innovative psychiatrist
and father of the American Psychiatric Association Dr. Thomas Story
Kirkbride. When it was built in the late 1800's the Buffalo state
Asylum for the Insane was a progressive facility; a harmonious blend
of state-of-the-art structures and a healing landscape to produce a
therapeutic environment.


The culmination of the planning efforts is the Master Plan and Generic
Environmental Impact Statement which provides phased reuse scenarios.
The first phase of development will start with the Core Project: a
mix of four integrated uses - Architecture Center, regional Visitor
Center, boutique hotel and event conference space - in the Towers
building and two flanking former wards. This development will utilize
one third of the total historic buildings.

Three future phases advance complementary arts/cultural uses and
Buffalo State College academic programs. The remaining historic
buildings will be stabilized and mothballed pending these future
uses. The north and northwest portion of the site will be
substantially devoted to landscape but economic circumstances may
result in some future development. Any new development will continue
to provide major landscaped open space and complement the historic
buildings in form and use.

The Richardson Olmsted site has tremendous potential to improve the
surrounding neighborhoods and benefit Buffalo's economy. The
rehabilitation of this currently vacant series of buildings and vast
grounds will be a catalyst for neighborhood and regional improvement.
New uses will bring activity and investment to the site. The improved
landscape will serve both the new uses and be available as a public
amenity to the neighbors, Buffalo State College, and the Buffalo
Psychiatric Center.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2010 Passed Senate

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1406

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             January 7, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. GRISANTI, KENNEDY -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and  when  printed  to  be committed to the Committee on Corporations,
  Authorities and Commissions

AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to defining  the
  Richardson  Center  Corporation  as  an  educational  institution  and
  authorizing the commissioner of general services to  sell  and  convey
  certain land in the city of Buffalo, county of Erie and to provide for
  a reversion of certain lands to the state of New York

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1.  Legislative Intent. The board  of  the  Richardson  Center
Corporation  was  appointed  in July, 2006 by the governor with an allo-
cation of funds designed for a re-use of the existing  structure.    The
Richardson  Center  Corporation  has  advanced a sound planning process,
undertaken vital collaborations, conducted stabilization and  is  moving
towards  implementation of defining the Richardson Center Corporation as
an educational institution and authorizing the commissioner  of  general
services  to sell and convey certain land in the city of Buffalo, county
of Erie. The Richardson Olmsted site has tremendous potential to improve
the surrounding neighborhoods and benefit Buffalo's economy.  The  reha-
bilitation of these long vacant and abandoned buildings and vast grounds
will  be  a  catalyst  for  neighborhood and regional improvement.   The
improved landscape will serve both the new uses and be  available  as  a
public  amenity  to the neighbors, Buffalo State College and the Buffalo
Psychiatric Center.
  S 2. Paragraph (b) of subdivision 2 of  section  1676  of  the  public
authorities  law  is  amended  by adding a new undesignated paragraph to
read as follows:
  RICHARDSON CENTER CORPORATION.
  S 3. Subdivision 1 of section 1680 of the public  authorities  law  is
amended by adding a new undesignated paragraph to read as follows:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01166-01-1

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  RICHARDSON CENTER CORPORATION.
  S  4.  The  commissioner  of general services, upon the consent of the
commissioner of the office of mental health, is authorized to  sell  and
convey to the Richardson Center Corporation certain state land described
in  section  five  of this act. Conveyance of said land is to be made at
such time and upon terms and conditions, including consideration, as the
commissioner of general services may fix and determine.
  S 5. The land to be conveyed pursuant to this act is a portion of  the
former Buffalo Psychiatric Center and is described as follows:
  All  that certain tracts, pieces or parcels of land situate, lying and
being in the City of Buffalo, County of Erie, State of New  York,  lying
generally Northerly of Forest Avenue, Easterly of Rees Street and South-
erly of Rockwell Road, and being more particularly bounded and described
as follows:
  Parcel A
  BEGINNING  at the point of intersection of the Easterly margin of Rees
Street with the Southerly margin of Rockwell Road and runs  thence  from
said  point  of  beginning  along said Southerly margin South 89 deg. 29
min. 15 sec. East, a distance of 859± feet to a  point;  thence  through
the  lands  of  the People of the State of New York (Buffalo Psychiatric
Center) the following twenty-nine (29) courses: 1)  along  the  Westerly
edge  of  pavement of a campus road and across another campus road South
17 deg. 00 min. 22 sec. East, a distance of 605± feet  to  a  point;  2)
along a Southeasterly edge of pavement of a campus road North 59 deg. 40
min.  24  sec.  East,  a  distance of 84± feet to a point; 3) continuing
along said edge of pavement North 62  deg.  21  min.  19  sec.  East,  a
distance  of  133± feet to a point; 4) along the Southerly edge of pave-
ment of a campus road North 72 deg. 39 min. 16 sec. East, a distance  of
92±  feet  to  a  point;  5)  continuing along said edge of payment of a
campus road North 67 deg. 56 min. 59 sec. East, a distance of 361±  feet
to  a  point; 6) continuing along said edge of pavement North 72 deg. 17
min. 44 sec. East, a distance of 104± feet to  a  point;  7)  continuing
along  said  edge  of  pavement along a curve to the right of radius 18±
feet, an arc distance of 22± feet to a point; 8)  continuing  along  the
edge  of pavement of a campus road South 38 deg. 39 min. 04 sec. East, a
distance of 11± feet to a point; 9) continuing along the edge  of  pave-
ment  of a campus road South 17 deg. 55 min. 33 sec. East, a distance of
12± feet to a point; 10) continuing along the  edge  of  pavement  of  a
campus  road  South 10 deg.  59 min. 49 sec. East, a distance of 7± feet
to a point; 11) along said edge of pavement of a campus  road  Southwes-
terly  along  a curve to the right of radius 5± feet, an arc distance of
7± feet to a point; 12) thence along a Northerly edge of a  parking  lot
lying Easterly of Building No. 13 South 69 deg.  00 min. 21 sec. West, a
distance  of  13± feet to a point; 13) thence along the Westerly edge of
said parking lot South 17 deg. 45 min. 30 sec. East, a distance of  171±
feet  to a point; 14) along the Southerly edge of said parking lot North
80 deg. 06 min. 22 sec. East, a distance of 22± feet  to  a  point;  15)
along  the  edge  of  pavement of said parking lot Southeasterly along a
curve to the right of radius 3± feet, an arc distance of 5±  feet  to  a
point; 16) along the Westerly edge of pavement of a campus road South 10
deg. 48 min. 15 sec. East, a distance of 123± feet to a point; 17) along
the  Northerly  edge  of pavement of a campus road Southwesterly along a
curve to the right of radius 40± feet, an arc distance of 41± feet to  a
point;  18)  thence along the Northwesterly edge of pavement of a campus
road South 47 deg. 05 min. 54 sec. West, a distance of 317±  feet  to  a
point;  19)  continuing  along  said  Northwesterly edge of pavement and

S. 1406                             3

across a driveway entrance South  43  deg.  12  min.  52  sec.  West,  a
distance  of  87± feet to a point; 20) thence across a campus road South
28 deg. 16 min. 03 sec. East, a distance of 55± feet  to  a  point;  21)
along  the Southwesterly edge of pavement of a campus road South 43 deg.
22 min. 11 sec. East, a distance of 37± feet  to  a  point;  22)  thence
across  a  parking  lot  entrance  South 43 deg. 01 min. 59 sec. East, a
distance of 63± feet to a point; 23) along  the  Southwesterly  edge  of
pavement of a campus road South 43 deg. 54 min. 47 sec. East, a distance
of  94± feet to a point; 24) continuing along said Southwesterly edge of
pavement South 50 deg. 00 min. 40 sec. East, a distance of 21± feet to a
point; 25) continuing along an edge of pavement of a campus road  South-
easterly along a curve to the right of radius 615± feet, an arc distance
of  41±  feet  to  a  point; 26) along the Westerly edge of payment of a
campus road Southeasterly along a curve to the right of radius 25± feet,
an arc distance of 30± feet to a point; 27) along the Westerly  edge  of
pavement  of  a  campus  road and across a parking lot entrance South 15
deg. 23 min. 01 sec. West, a distance  of  86±  feet  to  a  point;  28)
continuing along the Westerly edge of pavement of a campus road South 06
deg.  39  min.  06 sec. West, a distance of 48± feet to a point; and 29)
continuing along said Westerly edge of pavement of a campus  road  South
00  deg.  24 min. 09 sec. East, a distance of 60± feet to a point on the
Northerly margin of Forest Avenue; thence along  said  Northerly  margin
South  89  deg.  06  min. 03 sec. West, a distance of 1,005.73 feet to a
point; thence through the lands of the People of the State of  New  York
(Buffalo Psychiatric Center) the following ten (10) courses: 1) North 02
deg.  03 min. 44 sec. East, a distance of 200± feet to a point; 2) South
89 deg. 15 min. 16 sec.  East, a distance of 57± feet  to  a  point;  3)
North  00 deg. 00 min. 42 sec. East, a distance of 161± feet to a point;
4) along the Southerly edge of pavement of a campus road South  89  deg.
11  min. 27 sec. West, a distance of 324± feet to a point; 5) continuing
along said Southerly edge of pavement of a campus road North 69 deg.  56
min.  47  sec.  West,  a  distance  of 77± feet to a point; 6) along the
Westerly edge of pavement of a driveway leading to  a  garage  known  as
Building  No.  36 South 19 deg. 02 min. 24 sec. West, a distance of 102±
feet to a point; 7) Southwesterly along the Northwesterly edge of  pave-
ment  of said driveway along a curve to the right of radius 20± feet, an
arc distance of 26± feet to a point; 8)  along  the  Northerly  edge  of
pavement of said driveway North 88 deg. 23 min. 05 sec. West, a distance
of  193±  feet  to  a  point;  9)  North 00 deg. 41 min. 57 sec. West, a
distance of 98± feet to a point; and 10) South 89 deg. 58 min.  34  sec.
West,  a distance of 271± feet to a point on the Easterly margin of Rees
Street; thence along said Easterly margin the following two (2) courses:
1) North 05 deg. 42 min. 26 sec. East, a distance  of  330±  feet  to  a
point;  and  2) North 05 deg. 22 min. 31 sec. East, a distance of 681.94
feet to the point or place of beginning  and  containing  42±  acres  of
land.
  TOGETHER  with such roadways and drives as may be necessary to provide
ingress and egress to the above described premises.
  Subject to any covenants, easements or restrictions of record.
  S 6. The description in section five of this act of the  lands  to  be
conveyed is not intended to be a legal description, but is intended only
to  identify the premises to be conveyed. As a condition of purchase the
Richardson Center Corporation shall submit to the commissioner of gener-
al services for approval an accurate survey and description of the lands
generally described in section five of this act, which may  be  used  in
the conveyance thereof.

S. 1406                             4

  S  7.  The  commissioner  of general services shall not grant the land
described in section five of this act unless application is made  there-
fore  by  the  Richardson  Center  Corporation within one year after the
effective date of this act.
  S  8.  Any lands transferred pursuant to this act shall be used exclu-
sively for the purposes of the Richardson Olmsted Complex to construct a
mixed use campus for the community benefit and upon termination of  such
use  title  to the lands so transferred shall revert to the state of New
York.  The forgoing sentence shall not negatively impact a certain right
of reversion of said lands that runs to  the  benefit  of  the  city  of
Buffalo.
  S 9. This act shall take effect immediately.

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