Resolution adopted at duly called meeting of the Downtown Independent Democrats on October 10, 2016 with changes confirmed by the Executive Committee on October 24, 2016
MORATORIUM ON NEW HIGH-RISE BUILDING IN OR NEAR HIGH-RISK FLOOD ZONES
MINIMIZE POPULATION INCREASES IN OR NEAR HIGH-RISK FLOOD ZONES
New high-rise development in high-risk flood zones has serious negative consequences. The impact on safety, infrastructure, and financial loss extends far beyond a specific high-risk area.
Millions of residential and business taxpayers end up bearing the financial burden:
- Increased need to fund FEMA and other Federal and State agencies;
- Increased taxation and/or reallocation of public funds for rebuilding, repairs to infrastructure and relocation expenses;
- Increase in insurance premiums and even unavailability of insurance.
Developers and their investors sell after construction and are long gone from the high-risk areas, while residents, business owners and taxpayers remain at risk.
The anticipated revenue stream that building brings to New York City coffers must be balanced against the extreme costs from a significant event occurring within or near high-risk flood zones.
New construction is looked on as a continual revenue source for municipalities and the State. As new high-rises are built, new property taxes are collected, along with transfer fees, mortgage recording taxes, and temporary construction jobs are provided. Each time a property or individual condo is sold, more is collected.
Yet these revenues pale and in no way match the cost impact of a significant-event occurrence in or near high-risk flood zones.
Increases in population in or near high-risk flood zones must be minimized. This includes new construction or reuse of existing structures.
Sandy's impact was enormous, despite it being downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm by the time it hit Lower Manhattan.
Projections of rising sea levels and changing weather patterns are dramatically increasing financial risk, especially in or near the high-risk flood zones.
Therefore be it resolved:
Downtown Independent Democrats call for a moratorium on new high-rise building in or near high-risk flood zones.
Population increases must be minimized in or near high-risk flood zones, whether these increases come from new construction or reuse of existing buildings.
October 10, 2016
Changes confirmed by the Executive Committee October 24, 2016
April 7th, 2016
RESOLUTION RE 45 RIVINGTON STREET
Whereas in recent years our community has lost many nursing home beds to gentrification; and
Whereas, 45 Rivington Street had been operated by VillageCare, a non-profit organization, as a nursing home facility for HIV and AIDS patients from 1995 to 2014. The building, originally a grammar school, had been sold by the City in 1993 with a restrictive deed limiting the use of the building in perpetuity to a not-for-profit residential health care facility. In 2014, the Allure Group purchased the building from VillageCare with the deed restriction still in place, with the stated intention of operating a for-profit nursing home facility; and
Whereas, the Department of Administrative Services subsequently accepted $16 million to lift the deed restriction, enabling Allure to flip the building to Slate Property Group at a tremendous profit, pursuant to an agreement already in place, and for Slate to start converting the building to condominiums; and
Whereas, while the sale of the property from VillageCare to Allure had been done with full transparency and participation of neighborhood stakeholders, the subsequent lifting of the restrictive deed by the City and sale of the property to Slate had been done behind closed doors, without any attempt by the City to notify community stakeholders and ensure that our community did not lose another 219 nursing home beds; and
Whereas, the Downtown Independent Democrats find the actions by the City to be deeply troubling.
Therefore, be it resolved, that the DID calls upon the City to disclose any and all information as to what transpired respecting the lifting of the deed restriction and the sale of the property to Slate; and
Resolved further, we call upon the City to make any and all efforts to undo the lifting of the deed restriction and to return the building to community use; and
Resolved further, the DID holds the City responsible for making sure that the Community does not lose the 219 nursing home beds; and
Resolved further, we fully support a complete and thorough investigation into what transpired respecting the sale of the former Rivington House to Slate Property Group, including, without limitation, the lifting of the deed restriction; and
Resolved further, that we fully support legislation requiring a publicly available online database of all properties upon which the City has imposed deed restrictions, as well as required public notice to the appropriate community boards, borough presidents and city council members with an opportunity to comment should the City consider lifting any deed restriction, as suggested by Manhattan Borough President Gail Brewer.
CALLING FOR IMMEDIATE NY STATE GOVERNMENT REFORM
Good-government reform legislation passed by the New York State legislature
GAME TROPHIES OF THREATENED OR ENDANGERED SPECIES
SUPPORT FOR NYS SENATOR HOYLMAN’S BILL BANNING TRANSPORT