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Public HearingsPublic Hearing for Air Products and Chemicals Inc. - March 22, 2017
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
ON PROPOSED PROJECT
AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Notice is hereby given that a public hearing pursuant to Section 859-a(2) of the General Municipal Law of the State of New York (the “Act”) will be held by Town of Bethlehem Industrial Development Agency (the “Agency”) on the 22nd day of March, 2017 at 5:00 o’clock p.m., local time, in the Auditorium of the Town of Bethlehem Town Hall located at 445 Delaware Avenue in Town of Bethlehem, Albany County, New York in connection with the following matters:
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (the “Company”), a Delaware foreign business corporation, has presented an application (the “Application”) to the Agency, a copy of which Application is on file at the office of the Agency, requesting that the Agency consider undertaking a project (the “Project”) for the benefit of the Company, said Project consisting of the following: (A) (1) the acquisition of an interest in all or a portion of an approximately 26.908 acre parcel of land located at 461 River Road in the Town of Bethlehem, Albany County, New York (the “Land”), together with the existing improvements located thereon containing approximately 7,000 square feet in the aggregate (the “Existing Facility”), (2) the construction on the Land of certain improvements containing in the aggregate approximately 5,000 square feet of space (the “New Facility”) (the Existing Facility and the New Facility hereinafter collectively referred to as the “Facility”), and (3) the acquisition and installation therein and thereon of related fixtures, machinery, equipment and other tangible personal property (collectively, the “Equipment”) (the Land, the Facility, and the Equipment being collectively referred to as the “Project Facility”), all of the foregoing to be owned by the Company and operated as an industrial facility for the production and distribution of liquid nitrogen, liquid oxygen and liquid argon and other directly and indirectly related uses; (B) the granting of certain “financial assistance” (within the meaning of Section 854(14) of the Act) with respect to the foregoing, including potential exemptions from certain sales and use taxes, real property taxes, real estate transfer taxes and mortgage recording taxes (collectively, the “Financial Assistance”); and (C) the lease (with an obligation to purchase) or sale of the Project Facility to the Company or such other person as may be designated by the Company and agreed upon by the Agency.
The Company has requested that the Agency grant the Project an Enhanced Tax Abatement Program (beginning with a 100% abatement of the increase in the assessed valuation in Years 1 and 2 and thereafter declining at 10% per year over a twelve year period) for the Project Facility.
The Agency is considering whether (A) to undertake the Project, and (B) to provide certain exemptions from taxation with respect to the Project, including (1) exemption from mortgage recording taxes with respect to any documents, if any, recorded by the Agency with respect to the Project in the office of the County Clerk of Albany County, New York or elsewhere, (2) exemption from deed transfer taxes on any real estate transfers, if any, with respect to the Project, (3) exemption from sales taxes relating to the acquisition, construction and installation of the Project Facility, and (4) in the event that the Project Facility would be subject to real property taxation if owned by the Company but shall be deemed exempt from real property taxation due to the involvement of the Agency therewith, exemption from real property taxes (but not including special assessments and special ad valorem levies), if any, with respect to the Project Facility, subject to the obligation of the Company to make payments in lieu of taxes with respect to the Project Facility. If any portion of the Financial Assistance to be granted by the Agency with respect to the Project is not consistent with the Agency’s uniform tax exemption policy, the Agency will follow the procedures for deviation from such policy set forth in Section 874(4) of the Act prior to granting such portion of the Financial Assistance.
If the Agency determines to proceed with the Project, the Project Facility will be acquired, constructed and installed by the Agency and will be leased (with an obligation to purchase) or sold by the Agency to the Company or its designee pursuant to a project agreement (the “Agreement”) requiring that the Company or its designee make certain payments to the Agency.
The Agency has not yet made a determination pursuant to Article 8 of the Environmental Conservation Law (the “SEQR Act”) regarding the potential environmental impact of the Project.
The Agency will at said time and place hear all persons with views on either the location or nature of the proposed Project, or the Financial Assistance being contemplated by the Agency in connection with the proposed Project. A copy of the Application filed by the Company with the Agency with respect to the Project, including an analysis of the costs and benefits of the Project, is available for public inspection during business hours at the offices of the Agency. A transcript or summary report of the hearing will be made available to the members of the Agency.
Additional information can be obtained from, and written comments may be addressed to: Thomas P. Connolly, Executive Director, Town of Bethlehem Industrial Development Agency, Town Hall, 445 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, New York 12054; Telephone: (518) 439-4955 x129.
Dated: March 7, 2017.
TOWN OF BETHLEHEM INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
BY: s/Thomas P. Connolly
Thomas P. Connolly, Executive Director
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