Westchester County
New York

Resolution
RES-2019-175

PH-2nd Amendment IMA-Yonkers-BPL32

Information

Department:County ExecutiveSponsors:County Executive
Category:Public Hearing

Body

A Public Hearing on a "LOCAL LAW authorizing the County of Westchester to enter into the Second Amendment to the intermunicipal agreement, as amended, with the City of Yonkers associated with Capital Project BPL32." [Public Hearing set for September 16, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.  LOCAL LAW INTRO 2019-11836].

Meeting History

May 6, 2019 7:00 PM Video Board of Legislators Regular Meeting

On motion of Ms. Parker the above item was received, filed and referred to the Committees on Budget & Appropriations and Public Works.

RESULT:REFERRED TO COMMITTEE
Jun 3, 2019 9:30 AM Video Budget & Appropriations Committee Meeting

Please note: This item was an added starter and placed on the agenda by the Chair.

Guests: Anthony Zaino- Assistant Commissioner- Planning and William Brady, Planning and Budget Director Soule and Deputy Budget Director Grande.

Budget Director Soule, Deputy Budget Director Grande, Assistant Commissioner Zaino and Bill Brady from Planning joined the Committee to discuss the added starters item # 11835/11836/11837/11838- Yonkers Waterfront Plan Phase II & 2nd Amendment to IMA- Yonkers. Mr. Soule began by giving a financial outline of the original project approved back in 2008. He explained that in 2008 the original ask was a not to exceed amount of $7.5 million, $6.5 million in Bonds was issued for design, construction costs and construction management for the JFK/ new amphitheater project and preliminary plan for the parking garage. Only $3.6 million was spent leaving a balance of approximately $2.9 million. The JFK project/ new amphitheater was successfully executed however, the parking structure, road improvements and Riverwalk did not go forward. Mr. Soule explained that the remainder of the monies issued cannot be used for the new project since the scope of work is different. He told the members that the remaining, approximately $2.9 million will be held in escrow and used to pay down debt service.

Mr. Brady discussed the new request that involves BPL32 and is a partnership with the City of Yonkers. The location is the Glenwood train station, Trevor park and the Hudson River Museum. The original request was for project RY01- Yonkers Waterfront Plan. He explained that the new request is for added improvements to the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers in the amount of $6.2 million. Work will include expansion of the museum's west wing by approximately 11,000 square feet and a 3-story addition, for additional exhibition and gallery space, storage space and a 50 to 125 seat theater. Improvements will also be made to the existing building, planetarium and Glenview Historic home. The improvements will include mechanical, electrical plumbing and fire safety systems, roof, masonry, windows and door improvements and replacements. The Second Amendment will remove the Riverwalk Project so that the County will no longer be responsible to design or construct the project. It will also remove the obligation on the part of the County to finance or fund any portion of the JFK Project or Riverwalk and remove the construction of the parking lot. The City of Yonkers will contribute $5.3 million and the City has also obtained a grant from New York State in the amount of $630,000. This is a City of Yonkers capital project that has over site from the County. No action was taken pending further information.

RESULT:PENDING
Jun 24, 2019 10:00 AM Video Budget & Appropriations Committee Meeting

Joint with PW.

Invited Guests:

Budget: Director Soule and Deputy Director Grande

Planning: Anthony Zaino, Assistant Commissioner

City of Yonkers: Jim Cavanaugh, Deputy Mayor

Hudson River Museum: Masha Turchinsky, Director

Assistant Commissioner of Planning Zaino, Budget Director Soule, Yonkers Deputy Mayor Jim Cavanaugh, Executive Director of the Hudson River Museum Masha Turchinsky, Tom D' Auria, Chair of the Museum and Architect for the Museum Reuben Jackson joined the members of the Committee to continue the discussion on the Hudson River Museum project. Mr. Zaino began giving an overview of the original project and the circumstances surrounding the new request. He explained that the original project request was $7.5 million and that was to build the amphitheater, a parking garage and the Riverwalk. Only part of the project was completed and approximately $3.6 million was spent on the construction of the JFK project and construction of the Amphiteater. The Riverwalk and construction of the Garage was never completed. The remainder of the money for this project is approximately $3.8 million, this money will be set aside in a separate account to pay down the debt services for the JFK project. He also discussed that another project back in May of 2012 in Yonkers was completed but Yonkers never received the money, the Warburton Avenue garage which was completed, has approximately $2.7 million funds remaining.

Masha Turchinsky went over the background of the historic Glenview home and history behind the Hudson River Museum explaining that they get visitors from all over the country. She discussed that they do not have a large enough exhibition space and storage that can safely store the art work. The art work is under strict accreditation standards and the current condition of the museum could jeopardize that accreditation. Ms. Turchinsky went on to discuss the work to be done specifically the leak in the roof and the need for the creation of the west wing. She also discussed the programs & events offered at the museum.

Oversight of the work will be handled by the City of Yonkers Engineering Department. With a motion by Legislator Maher and seconded by Legislator Boykin the item was approved with a vote of 8-0 (Parker - WOP)

RESULT:SIGNED BY COMMITTEE
Jun 24, 2019 10:01 AM  Public Works Committee Meeting

Joint with B&A

Invited Guests:

Budget: Director Soule and Deputy Director Grande

Planning: Assistant Commissioner Zaino

City of Yonkers: Jim Cavanaugh, Deputy Mayor and Paul Summerfield, Engineer

Hudson River Museum: Masha Turchinsky, Director

Mr. Zaino began by giving an overview of the original project and the circumstances surrounding the new request. He explained that the original project request - The Riverfront/Yonkers Waterfront Plan (otherwise known as the JFK project) which was a “Legacy Project”, was budgeted at $7.5 million for the construction of the amphitheater and a parking garage in Trevor Park and included improvements to the JFK Marina Park, all of which were planned on the City’s property, but would be open to all County residents. An additional $1 million was added for another component, the RiverWalk Project, a trailway project to connect the Hudson riverfront to the Croton Aqueduct that included one section through the Park that would require a connection, to be built by the County. The ampitheater part of the project was completed and approximately $3.629 million was spent on its construction. The garage and RiverWalk construction did not proceed. The cost for the garage was higher than anticipated due to complicated site issues and Yonkers decided it didn’t really need it. The RiverWalk project was also more complex due to steep grade and ADA issues. Some money was spent on the design of the project, but not the entire amount. A balance of $3.87 million remained. In May 2012 Warburton garage (a different garage- BPL29) was approved (ACTS 105 & 106) but the bonds were never issued for $2.75 million, though the Warburton garage was built and paid for by the City (actual appropriation was $2.8 million) therefore, the monies remained unspent. The total unspent amount is approximately $6.62 million in bonding. The balance of the unspent money for the original garage, $3.629 million will be a set aside in a separate account to pay down the debt service for the JFK project. The intent is to “re-program” the project and take the unspent $6.62 million and allocate it to the new project.

An estimate was provided showing the cost of construction to add a west wing and other work, including restoration of the Glenview Mansion.

Masha Turchinsky went over the background of the historic 1877 Glenview home - used for public tours and performances, it gets visitors from all over the country. The museum had over 73,000 visitors last year including 23,000 school children. People come from Westchester, NYC, other nearby communities and from around the world. The museum partners with school districts all over the county. The museum is City owned and leased to the museum. She said that the museum does not have a large enough exhibition space and storage space with climate controls for safe storage of the artwork. The large and important art collection remains in storage and the Government Alliance of Museums has rigid standards for climate control in order to lend and borrow art among fine museums around the country. As the physical plant isn’t compliant, the museum is unable to borrow certain works of art. Much of the art is held in public trust via bequests and gifts and there is a responsibility to keep it maintained properly. The cost estimates submitted to the City are approximately $8 million though the original estimates and related bonds came to $5.3 million and the City way unable to come up with the additional monies. Proper storage and strict accreditation standards for the artwork is jeopardized under the current condition of the museum. Storage has been retrofitted for decades and there is no more available space. The museum is up for accreditation and must meet newly increased standards so it is imperative to move ahead with the climate control measures. Ms. Turchinsky went on to describe the work to be done - specifically noting the leaking roof. Concerns for the expensive planetarium projection equipment, subject to leakage are among the concerns. The plan also creates a connector between the Glenview and the main building for those who are in wheelchairs or walk with assistance. Conservation of Glenview which is on the National Register is part of the project. She also discussed the programs & events offered at the museum including the ecology and history of the Hudson River. Oversight of the work will be handled by the City of Yonkers Engineering Department. Ms. Turchinsky reviewed fundraising and operating budget costs. The vote was conditioned upon the following: List of Schools and school districts working with the museum; List of adult groups, seniors and others using the museum; List of Schools and school districts working with the museum; List of visitors from out-of-state; history of $1 million bond originally designated for the RiverWalk; Schedule and total of interest payments on the balance of the $7.4 million bond; 2019 operating budget and a report on capital fundraising.

With a motion by Legislator Barr and seconded by Legislator Boykin the item was approved with a vote of 6-0 (Legislators Parker & Kitley - WOP)

RESULT:SIGNED BY COMMITTEE
Jul 15, 2019 7:00 PM Video Board of Legislators Regular Meeting

Submitted by COMMITTEES ON BUDGET & APPROPRIATIONS AND PUBLIC WORKS.

Ms. Borgia and Shimsky presented the Resolution and moved its adoption, which motion was carried by the following vote.

RESULT:ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
AYES:Catherine Parker, John G. Testa, Nancy Barr, Catherine Borgia, Gordon A. Burrows, Terry A. Clements, Kitley Covill, Margaret A Cunzio, Christopher Johnson, Damon Maher, MaryJane Shimsky, David J. Tubiolo, Alfreda Williams, Lyndon Williams, Benjamin Boykin
ABSENT:Michael Kaplowitz, Virginia Perez