Ordinance No.

2012

ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF SYRACUSE, THE CITY OF SYRACUSE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY AND CAMERON HILL CONSTRUCTION, LLC FOR ANNUAL PAYMENTS IN LIEU OF TAXES WITH RESPECT TO THE PROPERTY LOCATED AT 601 UNIVERSITY AVENUE, SYRACUSE, NEW YORK
BE IT ORDAINED, that the Mayor, on behalf of the City of Syracuse, be and she is hereby authorized to enter into a thirty (30) year Payment In Lieu Of Tax Agreement ("PILOT") with Cameron Hill Construction, LLC, covering the property located at 601 University Avenue, Syracuse, New York; payments under this agreement would be made as if the property were still owned by Cameron Hill Construction, LLC and privately assessed, subject to the exemption contained in Section 485-b of the New York Real Property Tax Law, with payments under the Agreement to be made pursuant to the attached Exhibit "B"; and BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, that the PILOT agreement authorized herein shall contain the following conditions that must be complied with in order for the payment scheduled to remain in full force and effect namely: 1. Cameron Hill Construction, LLC ("Cameron"), its successors or assigns, shall hire ten (10) minority unemployed or underemployed individuals to work on the

construction of the approximately 85,000 square foot building that Cameron will construct to house the new Syracuse University Bookstore, Fitness Center and approximately 7,300 square feet of commercial retail space on the site adjacent to the University "Building"). Avenue Garage between Adams and Harrison Streets (the

Cameron will directly, or through its contractor, hire ten (10)

individuals who are referred to Cameron by Green Train, Vision Change, Syracuse BOC, Mercy Works or other similar agencies and who have the desire to work on and receive on-the-job training in various aspects of the construction of the Building. The ten (10) employees hired pursuant to this agreement would be compensated at the prevailing wage for an apprentice laborer. In addition, Cameron will encourage its commercial retail operators to engage in minority hiring, job training and apprenticeships; 2. In addition, Cameron shall enter into an agreement with Syracuse University (the "University") to confirm that the University will implement the comprehensive educational and instructional program in fitness at the new Fitness Center to be located within the Building for the city youth ages 12-17 years old as described in the University's letter of May 22,2012 to Councilors Hudson and Bey; 3: Cameron Hill Construction, LLC shall provide a statement from its Chief Financial Officer to the City Auditor at the commencement of construction and quarterly thereafter during construction certifying that it is in compliance with the

employment conditions stated in this Ordinance; 4. Syracuse University shall provide a statement to the City Auditor annually commencing at completion of the new facility certifying that it is in compliance with the youth program and the public access conditions stated in this Ordinance; and 5. Furthermore, the aforementioned conditions shall be considered material terms of the PILOT Agreement breach of which will result in the attached payment schedule being revoked after a reasonable time to cure has been provided to Cameron by SIDA and the City; and

BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, that the City Clerk is hereby directed to transmit a certified copy of this Ordinance to the Chair of the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency, Syracuse University and Cameron Hill Construction, LLC; and BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, that payments made thereunder will be shared with Onondaga County in the same proportion that present real property tax revenues are shared.

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Paul Driscoll Commissioner Ben Walsh Deputy Commissioner Sharon Owens Deputy Commissioner

DEPARTMENT

OF NEIGHBORHOOD

AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Stephanie A. Miner, Mayor
July 3,2012 John Copanas City Clerk 231 City Hall Syracuse, NY 13202 Re: Legislation Request - Cameron Hill Construction

Dear Mr. Copanas: Please have the following legislation prepared and placed on the next meeting agenda of the Common Council. Authorizing a Payment-in-lieu-of-tax (PILOT) agreement for the property located at 601 University Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210 with Cameron Hill Construction, LLC(liThe Company"). The PILOT schedule is attached. The Company proposes to construct an approximate 85,000 square foot building on property leased from Syracuse University. The project will cost approximately $20,376,132 and will consist of a new bookstore ("'43,365 square feet), fitness center ("'34,750 square feet) and commercial space ("'7,290 square feet). The project is expected to generate approximately $800,000 in sales tax revenue and create 120 construction jobs and 56 new full-time jobs. The PILOT payments will be shared with Onondaga County annually based on their pro rata share of the real property taxes. The PILOT agreement will commence in accordance with the Real Property Tax Law and the General Municipal Law. The PILOT agreement was approved by SIDA on February 21, 2012 and the executed PILOT resolution is attached hereto. c)cereIY~ ~e.. \ '\ \

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PILOT RESOLUTION A regular meeting of the City of Syracuse Industrial Development Agency was convened in public session on February 21, 2012, at 12:30 o'clock p.m. at Room 215, City Hall, 233 East Washington Street, Syracuse, New York. The meeting was called to order by the Chairman and, upon the roll being duly called, following members were: PRESENT: William Ryan, M. Catherine Richardson, Esq., Donald Schoenwald, John Gamage, Darin Right the

Esq,

The following persons were ALSO PRESENT: Benjamin Walsh, Meghan Gaffey, Esq., Judith DeLaney, Susan Katzoff, Esq, Greg Streeter, Debra Ramsey-Bums, Tom Capozzi, Rob Cseresznyes, Bill Britton, Neil Duffy, Eric Persons, Tom Valenti, Matt Wells, Esq., Dave Mankiewicz, Tim McDermott, Donald Maitland The following resolution was offered by M. Catherine Richardson and seconded Donald Schoenwald: RESOLUTION APPROVING A PAYMENT IN LIEU OF TAX SCHEDULE AND AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION AND DELIVERY OF CERTAIN DOCUMENTS BY THE AGENCY IN CONNECTION WITH A CERTAIN PROJECT UNDERTAKEN AT THE REQUEST OF CAMERON HILL CONSTRUCTION, LLC WHEREAS, the City of Syracuse Industrial Development Agency (the "Agency") is authorized and empowered by Title 1 of Article lS-A of the General Municipal Law of the State of New York (the "State"), as amended, together with Chapter 641 of the Laws of 1979 of the State of New York, as amended from time to time (collectively, the "Act") to promote, develop, encourage and assist in the acquiring, constructing, reconstructing, improving, maintaining, equipping and furnishing of industrial, manufacturing, warehousing, commercial, research and recreation facilities, including industrial pollution control facilities, railroad facilities and certain horse racing facilities, for the purpose of promoting, attracting, encouraging and developing recreation and economically sound commerce and industry to advance the job opportunities, health, general prosperity and economic welfare of the people of the State, to improve their recreation opportunities, prosperity and standard of living, and to prevent unemployment and economic deterioration; and by

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WHEREAS, to accomplish its stated purposes, the Agency is authorized and empowered under the Act to acquire, lease, and sell real property and grant financial assistance in connection with one or more "projects" (as defined in the Act); and WHEREAS, by application dated on or about May 17, 2011 (the "Application"), Cameron Hill Construction, LLC, a New York limited liability company, or a company to be formed (the "Company"), requested that the Agency undertake a project (the "Project") consisting of: (A)(i) the acquisition of an interest in approximately 22,500 square feet of real property located at 601 University Avenue (the "Land"); (ii) the construction thereon of an approximate 85,225 square foot building to house an approximate 43,365 square foot bookstore, an approximate 34,570 square foot fitness center and approximate 7,290 square feet of commercial retail space (the "Facility"); (ii) the acquisition and installation thereon of furniture, fixtures and equipment (the "Equipmenr., and together with the Land and the Facilities, the "Project Facility"); (B) the granting of certain financial assistance in the form of exemptions from real property tax, mortgage recording tax and sales and use taxation (collectively, the "Financial Assistance"); (C) the appointment of the Company or its designee as an agent of the Agency in connection with the acquisition, construction, improvement and equipping of the Project Facility; and CD) the lease of the Project Facility by the Agency pursuant to a lease agreement and the sublease of the Project Facility back to the Company pursuant to a sublease agreement; and WHEREAS,pursuant to Article 8 of the Environmental Conservation Law of the State of New York, as amended, and the regulations. of the Department of Environmental Conservation of the State of New York promulgated thereunder (collectively referred to hereinafter as "SEQRA"), the Agency has examined the Environmental Assessment Form (the "EAF') prepared by the Company in order to classify the Project and has determined that the Project constitutes an "Unlisted" action as that term is d.efined under SEQRA, and issued a negative declaration; WHEREAS, on February 21, 2012 the Agency adopted a resolution taking official action toward the acquisition, construction and equipping of the Project (the "Inducement Resolution ') and; WHEREAS, as part of the Financial Assistance, the Company requested the Agency consider a payment in lieu of tax ("PILOT') schedule, as more fully described on Exhibit "A" attached hereto, which constitutes a deviation from the Agency's Uniform Tax Exemption Policy ("UTE?') established pursuant to General Municipal Law Section 874(4); and WHEREAS, by letters dated February 7, 2012, the Agency gave to the chief executive officers of the affected tax jurisdictions notice pursuant to Section 874 of the Act (the "Notice") of this meeting at which the Agency would consider the Company's request for a PILOT
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schedule which deviates from the UTEP; and WHEREAS, the Agency has given due consideration to the Application and to representations by the Company that the proposed PILOT, as part of the Financial Assistance (i) will induce the Company to develop the Project Facility in the City of Syracuse, and (ii) will not result in the removal of a commercial, industrial or manufacturing plant or facility of the Company or any other proposed occupant of the Project Facility from one area of the State to another area of the State or in the abandonment of one or more plants or facilities of the Company or any other proposed occupant of the Project Facility located in the State, except as may be permitted by the Act; (iii) undertaking the Project will create and/or preserve permanent and temporary private sector jobs in the State; NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved by the members of the City of Syracuse Industrial Development Agency, as follows: (1) Based upon the representations made by the Company to the Agency, and the reasons presented by the Company in support of its request for the PILOT schedule, the Agency hereby approves and the (Vice) Chairman and Secretary, acting individually, are each authorized to execute and deliver a payment in lieu of tax agreement ("PILOT Agreement") providing for the payment schedule attached as Exhibit "A" hereto. (3) The Agency will, subject to, and in accordance with all resolutions adopted by the Agency in conjunction with this Project, execute and deliver a PILOT Agreement in such form and substance as shall be consistent with such adopted resolutions and approved by the Chainnan or Vice Chairman of the Agency upon the advice of counsel to the Agency. (4) The Chairman, Vice Chairman and any Authorized Representative of the Agency, acting individually, are each hereby authorized and directed, for and in the name and on behalf of the Agency, to execute and deliver the documents and agreements identified herein and any such additional certificates, instruments, documents or affidavits, to pay any such other fees, charges and expenses, to make such other changes, omissions, insertions, revisions, or amendments to the documents referred to herein and to do and cause to be done any such other acts and Jhi~gs, as they determine, on advice of counsel to the Agency, may be necessary or desirable toc.6nsummate the transactions contemplated by this resolution. . .~ (5) No covenant, stipulation, obligation or agreement contained in this resolution or any document referred to above shall be deemed to be the covenant, stipulation, obligation or agreement of any member, officer, agent or employee of the Agency in his or her individual capacity. Neither the members nor officers of the Agency, nor any person executing any documents referred to above on behalf of the Agency, shall be liable thereon or be subject to any personal liability or accountability by reason of the execution or delivery thereof.
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(6) The Secretary of the Agency is hereby authorized and directed to distribute copies this Resolution to the Company and to do such further things or perform such acts as may necessary or convenient to implement the provisions of this Resolution.

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The resolution shall take effect immediately, but is subject to execution by the Company of a PILOT Agreement and the Agreement (as defined in the Inducement Resolution) and all other resolutions and other related documents adopted and/or approved by the Agency and/or as set forth herein. (8) A copy of this Resolution, together with the attachments hereto, shall be placed on file in the office of the Agency where the same shall be available for public inspection during business hours. The question of the adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly put to vote on a roll call, which resulted as follows:

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William Ryan M. Catherine Richardson, Esq. Donald .Schoenwald, Esq. John Gamage Darin Right

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I, the undersigned Secretary of the City of Syracuse Industrial Development Agency, DO HEREBY CERTIFY that I have compared the annexed extract of the minutes of the meeting of the City of Syracuse Industrial Development Agency (the "Agency") held on February 21, 2012, with the original thereof on file in my office, and that the same (including any and all exhibits) is a true and correct copy of the proceedings of the Agency and of the whole of such original insofar as the same relates to the subject matters referred to therein. I FURTHER CERTIFY that (i) all members of the Agency had due notice of meeting, (ii) pursuant to Section 104 of the Public Officers Law (Open Meetings Law), meeting was open to the general public and public notice of the time and place of such meeting duly given in accordance with such Section 104, (iii) the meeting was in all respects duly held, (iv) there was a quorum present throughout. such such was and

I FURTHER CERTIFY that, as of the date hereof, the attached resolution is in full force and effect and has not been amended, repealed or rescinded. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand and affixed the seal of the Agency day of February, 2012.

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EXHIBIT

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This will confirm tlu::agreement and commitment ofCameron Hill LLC ("Cnmc(on") to hire ]0 Minurity Unemployed Of Underemployed individuals to work on the construction of the upproxlmately :\5.000 square foot building !hat Cameron will construct to house the new SYf<1CllSC University Bookstore, l'ltness Center and upproximately '] ,300 square feet of commercial retail space on the site ad,iacl:tlt [0 the Llnivcrsity Avenue g,lTllgC between Adams and Harrison Streets {the "Building"). Cameron will dirCl;tly or, through its contractor. hire 10 individuals who ere referred to Cameron by Green Train, Vision Change, Syracuse EOC, Mercy Works or other similar agencies ami who have a desire to work in and receive on the job training in various aspects of the construction ofthe Building. The 10 empJoycc~ would he compensated at the prcvallmg wage lor an apprentice laborer. I .11;;0 agree and commit to you that Cameron will encourage 0\11" commercial retail operators to engage in minurity hiring. job lraining and apprenticeships. As I have said before 1 call only recommend to these practices 10 our commcrclal ri:llIit tenants. I cannot require them to do so, We should be happy to further memorialize these agreements and co mmirments of Cameron in a form deemed appropriate by the City Attorney of the City of Syracuse, if necessary,

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SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
Oft'FICE Oft' GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITY RElATIONS

May 22, 2012 The Honorable Helen Hudson Syracuse Common Council 314 City HaJl 233 E. Washington St. Syracuse, NY 13202

Dear Councilor Hudson, As per our conversations regarding the proposed University Avenue Bookstore and Fitness Center project by Cameron Hill LLC, this letter confirms Syracuse University's intention to provide a comprehensive educational and instructional program in fitness for the city youth ages 12- t 7 years at the new fitness facility. Upon its completion, this new facility will enhance our engagement with the City of Syracuse with an educational program focused on improving the health and wellness of our community. It will expand on SU's current educational and instructional programs in youth recreation, which already offer supervised activities such as skating and other exercise programs to children as young as four years. Youth will now be able to use new equipment and facilities, in addition to established venues and programs such as the Tennity Ice Skating Pavilion, which currently operates a Saturday morning skating program for children ages 4-10. Archbold and Flanagan Gymnasiums also operate a Saturday morning youth program that involves organized instruction in diverse sport-related activities. Specific schedules will be finalized upon completion of the new facility, but will include activities on several weekends throughout the year. The schedule and format will be developed around a framework of instructional activities with trainers and fitness class instructors, working in partnership with Say Yes to Education and other local not-far-profit organizations. Additional details describing the development and implementation of the program are contained in the attached document previously shared with you and our project partners. I trust that this information, along with Cameron Hill LLC's minority hiring, adequately responds to your concerns about the project. Syracuse University remains committed to partnering with the City of Syracuse and our neighboring institutions to ensure a strong future for our community. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions. Sincerely,

Eric Persons Associate Vice President for Government and Community Relations

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SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
OFFICE OF GOVERNMEN'I' AND COMMUNI'!'Y RELATIONS May 22, 2012 The Honorable Khalid Bey Syracuse Common Council 314 City Hall 233 E. Washington St. Syracuse, NY 13202 Dear Councilor Bey, As per our conversations regarding the proposed University Avenue Bookstore and Fitness Center project by Cameron Hill LLC, this letter confirms Syracuse University's intention to provide a comprehensive educational and instructional program in fitness for the city youth ages 12-17 years at the new fitness

facility.
Upon its completion, this new facility will enhance our engagement with the City of Syracuse with an educational program focused on improving the health and well ness of our community. It will expand on SU's current educational and instructional programs in youth recreation, which already offer supervised activities such as skating and other exercise programs to children as young as four years. Youth will now be able to use new equipment and facilities, in addition to established venues and programs such as the Tennity Ice Skating Pavilion, which currently operates a Saturday morning skating program for children ages 4-10. Archbold and Flanagan Gymnasiums also operate a Saturday morning youth program that involves organized instruction in diverse sport-related activities. Specific schedules will be finalized upon completion of the new facility, but will include activities on several weekends throughout the year. The schedule and format will be developed around a framework of instructional activities with trainers and fitness class instructors, working in partnership with Say Yes to Education and other local not-for-profit organizations. Additional details describing the development and implementation of the program are contained in the attached document previously shared with you and our project partners. I trust that this information, along with Cameron Hill LLC's minority hiring, adequately responds to your concerns about the project. Syracuse University remains committed to partnering with the City of Syracuse and our neighboring institutions to ensure a strong future for our community. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions. Sincerely,

Eric Persons Associate Vice President for Government and Community Relations

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UNIVERSITY AVENUE FITNESS CENTER YOUTH PROGRAM OUTLINE OVERVIEW The proposed University Ave. Garage recreation space will address a long-standing need on the SU campus for a modern recreational facility for the University community. Not only will the new facility address an important factor in student recruitment and retention, it will also address overcrowding and concerns over the physical conditions at existing campus facilities. Through its planning and program development, the new facility will also serve to enhance Syracuse University's engagement with the local community. Syracuse University will provide an opportunity for a comprehensive, cutting-edge educational and instructional program in fitness that would be available to many city youth between the ages of 12 and 17, with linkages to other venues on campus and in the community through partnerships with Say Yes to Education and the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion. The program will expand on SU's current educational and instructional programs in youth recreation, which offers supervised activities such as skating and other exercise programs to children as young as 4 years. The Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion was established in 2011 to partner with community residents, students, researchers and public health professionals to identify needs, develop educational and instructional programming, and deploy collaborative initiatives. Its mission is to apply the best practices in social marketing and science to create public health programs that are instructional, educational, motivating and sustainable. Say Yes to Education works in partnership with Onondaga County and local not-for profits to offer educational health and wellness programs through the City of Syracuse as part of its comprehensive support services it provides to students of the Syracuse City School District (SCSD) and their families. SU Recreation Services engages the University community in developing healthy lifestyles and personal growth through instruction about and the execution of quality recreation programs and services that support and promote the highest levels of citizenship, diversity, sportsmanship, responsibility and leadership. PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT Working collaboratively with the community to identify its needs around health and wellness, and ways to maximize outreach and participation, will be the cornerstone to developing a meaningful educational and instructional program in exercise and recreation. Beginning in Fall 2012, the Lerner Center will partner with Say Yes, Catholic Charities (CCOC), and the SCSD to run a pilot program involving two of the Say Yes afterschool programs around physical activity. Through this collaboration, the Lerner Center will implement an evidenced-based afterschool physical activity curriculum (CATCH Kids Club) and assess the program's objectives and outcomes. Through this collaborative environment, the pilot program will identify barriers to participation and levels of youth engagement, as well as opportunities to expand and replicate programs to ensure access and a rewarding experience. Upon completion of the new University Ave. fitness center, Syracuse University will offer an instructional and educational program in fitness that will provide access to the facility as part of the Lerner Center and Say Yes afterschool program. Activities will also be scheduled on several weekends. The facility will offer facilitated classes and workouts for youth up to age of 17 years, regardless of a family's economic situation. Programs will be directed by SU's Recreation Services under the supervision and guidance of certified personal trainers and fitness class instructors, and be designed in partnership with the Lerner Center and Say Yes. The youth program will compliment current