Tompkins County
New York

Resolution
2017-252

Negative Declaration for Community Housing Development Fund Award to West End Heights

Information

Department:Planning and Sustainability DepartmentSponsors:
Category:Housing

Attachments

  1. Printout
  2. PDEQ_Cover_Memo_HsgFundRound16_11-27-17 (This file has not yet been converted to a viewable format)
  3. 709 Court St Neg Dec for Filing 8-23-17

Resolution/Document Body

WHEREAS, the Tompkins County Legislature through Resolution No. 015-154, authorized funding for the Community Housing Development Fund Program, and

 

WHEREAS, the Community Housing Development Fund assists the development costs associated with residential and mixed-use real estate development projects primarily benefiting low- and moderate-income households, and requires that newly constructed or rehabilitated homes supported by the program are not only made available to low- to moderate-income households, but also remain affordable to future generations of renters and buyers, and

 

WHEREAS, Resolution No. 253 of 2017 would authorize the disbursement of County funds in support of the West End Heights project at 709-713 West Court Street and 326-328 North Meadow Street in the City of Ithaca, and

 

WHEREAS, Tompkins County has received and reviewed the City of Ithaca Full Environmental Assessment Form (Parts 1, 2, and 3) documents for the project listed as the 709 W. Court Street Apartments (Supportive and Affordable Housing), and

             

WHEREAS, as Lead Agency, the City of Ithaca Planning and Development Board has determined the 709 W. Court Street Apartments (Supportive and Affordable Housing) project to be a Type I Action with a Negative Declaration, and

 

WHEREAS, the City of Ithaca Planning and Development Board granted final site plan approval for the 709 W. Court Street Apartments (Supportive and Affordable Housing) project on August 22, 2017, and

 

WHEREAS, Tompkins County concurs with the City of Ithaca Planning and Development Board SEQR Negative Determination of the 709 W. Court Street Apartments (Supportive and Affordable Housing) project, and

 

WHEREAS, the project’s developer, Lakeview Health Services, Inc., has named the 709 W. Court Street Apartments (Supportive and Affordable Housing) project West End Heights prior to its application to the Community Housing Development Fund, now therefore be it

 

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality Committee, That the authorization of the Community Housing Development Fund disbursement and the subsequent construction of the project listed above adequately protects and preserves the environment and will not have any potentially significant adverse effects on the environment.

SEQR ACTION: Full Environmental Assessment Form on File with the Legislature Clerk

 

Meeting History

Dec 7, 2017 3:00 PM  Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality Committee Regular Meeting

Ms. McDonald explained there was one application for these funds and the project has completed the City of Ithaca's SEQR review. This resolution will concur with the City's Negative Declaration prior to the authorization of funding.

Ms. Chock recused herself from voting as it is an appearance of a conflict of interest. Her husband is the Executive Director of the Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services and Better Housing of Tompkins County and it could have implications on the agency he operates.

Mr. Sigler recused himself from voting as it is an appearance of a conflict of interest as Lakeview Health Services is a tenant of his at a different property.

RESULT:RECOMMENDED [3 TO 0]
MOVER:David McKenna, Member
SECONDER:Dooley Kiefer, Vice Chair
AYES:Martha Robertson, Dooley Kiefer, David McKenna
ABSTAIN:Michael Sigler, Carol Chock
Dec 19, 2017 5:30 PM Media Tompkins County Legislature Regular Meeting

Ms. Chock was granted permission to abstain from voting as her husband is the Executive Director of Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services (INHS) and INHS is the consultant for the project.

Mr. Sigler was also granted permission to abstain from voting as West End Heights is a tenant of his.

RESULT:ADOPTED [12 TO 0]
MOVER:Martha Robertson, Member
SECONDER:Anna Kelles, Member
AYES:Will Burbank, James Dennis, Rich John, Anna Kelles, Dooley Kiefer, Daniel Klein, Michael Lane, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Shawna Black, Martha Robertson
ABSTAIN:Carol Chock, Michael Sigler