senate Bill S6661

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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  • 25 / Feb / 2014
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Summary

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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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8943
Versions:
S6661
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Local Government
Law Section:
Ogdensburg, City of

Sponsor Memo

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

                                  6661

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            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,

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13738-02-4

S. 6661                             2

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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