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SECTION 16-N
Restore New York's Communities Initiative
Urban Development Corporation Act 174/68 (UDA) CHAPTER INTRO
* § 16-n. Restore New York's Communities Initiative. 1. Definitions.
(a) For the purposes of this section "deconstruction" shall mean the
careful disassembly of buildings of architectural or historic
significance with the intent to rehabilitate, reconstruct the building
or salvage the material disassembled from the building;

(b) For the purposes of this section "reconstruction" shall mean the
construction of a new building which is similar in architecture and size
to a previously existing building at such location.

(c) For the purposes of this section "rehabilitation" shall mean
structural repairs, mechanical systems repair or replacement, repairs
related to deferred maintenance, emergency repairs, energy efficiency
upgrades, accessibility improvements, mitigation of lead based paint
hazards, and other repairs which result in a significant improvement to
the property.

2. The Restore New York's Communities Initiative is hereby created.
The corporation is authorized, within available appropriations, to issue
request for proposals at least once per fiscal year to provide grants
for the purposes established in subdivisions four and five of this
section, to municipalities that have completed a property assessment
list, as established in subdivision three of this section.

3. Property assessment list. To be eligible for the demolition and
deconstruction program or rehabilitation and reconstruction program
assistance, as established in subdivisions four and five of this
section, municipalities shall conduct an assessment of vacant,
abandoned, surplus or condemned buildings in communities within their
jurisdiction. Such real property may include both residential and
commercial real properties. Such properties shall be selected for the
purpose of revitalizing urban centers, encouraging commercial investment
and adding value to the municipal housing stock. The property assessment
list shall be organized to indicate the location, size, whether the
building is residential or commercial and whether the building will be
demolished, deconstructed, rehabilitated or reconstructed. Such
properties shall be published in a local daily newspaper for no less
than three consecutive days. Additionally, the municipality shall
conduct public hearings in the communities where the buildings are
identified.

4. Demolition and deconstruction program. Real property in need of
demolition or deconstruction on the property assessment list may receive
grants of up to twenty thousand dollars per residential real property.
The corporation shall determine the cost of demolition and
deconstruction of commercial properties on a per-square foot basis and
establish maximum grant awards accordingly. The corporation shall also
consider geographic differences in the cost of demolition and
deconstruction in the establishment of maximum grant awards.

5. Rehabilitation and reconstruction program. Real property in need of
rehabilitation or reconstruction on the property assessment list may
receive grants of up to one hundred thousand dollars per residential
real property. The corporation shall determine the cost of
rehabilitation and reconstruction of commercial properties on a
per-square foot basis and establish maximum grant awards accordingly.
The corporation shall also consider geographic differences in the cost
of rehabilitation and reconstruction in the establishment of maximum
grant awards. Provided, however, to the extent possible, all such
rehabilitation and reconstruction program real property shall be
architecturally consistent with nearby and adjacent properties or in a
manner consistent with a local revitalization or urban development plan.
Provided, further, such grant may be used for site development needs
including but not limited to water, sewer and parking.

6. Granting of assistance. (a) The corporation shall review all
property assessment lists and may make awards pursuant to subdivisions
four and five of this section. The corporation shall, to the fullest
extent possible, provide such assistance in a geographically
proportionate manner throughout the state based on the qualified
applications received pursuant to this section.

(b) Priority in granting such assistance shall be given to properties
eligible under this section that have approved applications or are
receiving grants pursuant to other state or federal redevelopment,
remediation or planning programs including, but not limited to, to the
brownfield opportunity areas program adopted pursuant to section 970-r
of the general municipal law or empire zone development plans pursuant
to article 18-B of the general municipal law.

(c) Priority shall also be given to properties in economically
distressed communities which are defined as cities and other communities
determined by the commissioner of the department of economic development
on the basis of criteria indicative of economic distress, including
poverty rates, numbers of persons receiving public assistance,
unemployment rates, rate of employment decline, population loss, rate of
per capita income change, decline in economic activity and private
investment, and such other indicators as the commissioner deems
appropriate to be in need of economic assistance.

(d) A municipality that is granted an award or awards under this
section shall provide a matching contribution of no less than ten
percent of the aggregated award or awards amount. Such matching
contribution may be in the form of a financial and/or in kind
contribution. Financial contributions may include grants from federal,
state and local entities. In kind contributions may include but shall
not be limited to the efforts of municipalities to conduct an inventory
and assessment of vacant, abandoned, surplus, condemned, and
deteriorated properties and to manage and administer grants pursuant to
subdivisions four and five of this section.

* NB There are 2 § 16-n's