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File #: RS2021-1188    Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 10/8/2021 In control: Metropolitan Council
On agenda: 10/19/2021 Final action: 10/19/2021
Title: A resolution authorizing the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency to negotiate and enter into a PILOT Agreement and accept payments in lieu of ad valorem taxes with respect to a multi-family housing project located at 5800 Maudina Avenue known as Richland Hills.
Sponsors: Mary Carolyn Roberts, Sean Parker, Burkley Allen, Ginny Welsch, Zach Young
Attachments: 1. RS2021-1188 Agreement Exhibit, 2. Substitute RS2021-1188

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A resolution authorizing the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency to negotiate and enter into a PILOT Agreement and accept payments in lieu of ad valorem taxes with respect to a multi-family housing project located at 5800 Maudina Avenue known as Richland Hills.

 

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WHEREAS, Tennessee Code Annotated 13-20-104 (“the Act”) authorizes a Metropolitan Government for which a housing authority is created to delegate to such housing authority the authority to negotiate and accept payments in lieu of ad valorem taxes (“In Lieu of Tax Payments”) from the housing authority’s lessees operating low-income housing tax credit property (“LIHTC Property”) upon a finding that such payments are deemed to be in furtherance of the housing authority's public purposes; and

WHEREAS, the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (“MDHA”) was created pursuant to state law and is the housing authority for the Metropolitan Government; and

WHEREAS, by Ordinance No. BL2015-1281 as amended by Ordinance Nos. BL2016-334 and BL2016-435 (the “LIHTC Ordinance”), the Metropolitan Council (i) authorized MDHA to negotiate and accept In Lieu of Tax Payments from qualified lessees of LIHTC Property owned by MDHA and (ii) approved MDHA’s program for determining qualifications and eligibility for such In Lieu of Tax Payments, a copy of which was attached to the LIHTC Ordinance (the “PILOT Program”); and

WHERAS, the Metropolitan Council approved an annual tax abatement not to exceed $2,500,000; and

WHEREAS, a balance in the amount of annual funding available for LIHTC’s is currently $762,557 after accounting for the following projects: Poplar Bend ($440,861), Riverwood Tower ($31,616), Chippington Towers ($405,929), Shelby House ($242,296), 900 Dickerson ($412,413), Fairgrounds Block C ($204,329).

WHEREAS, Richland Hills Housing Partners, LP (“Owner”) plans to acquire land located at 5800 Maudina (the “Project Site”); and

WHEREAS, Owner has proposed that an apartment project consisting of approximately 201 units restricted to individuals and families earning 60% or less of the Area Median Income (AMI) utilizing income averaging, known as Richland Hills, be rehabilitated on the Project Site by Owner and operated as a LIHTC Property (the “Project”); and

WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners of MDHA has approved MDHA’s taking title to the Project Site for the purpose of facilitating an in lieu of tax agreement with the Owner, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit A (the “PILOT Agreement”) and authorized the Executive Director of MDHA to take all actions on behalf of MDHA to (i) take title to the property, (ii) lease the Project Site and the Project to Owner, (iii) enter into the PILOT Agreement, and (iv) submit the PILOT Agreement to the Metropolitan Council for approval as required by the Act and the PILOT Ordinance; and

WHEREAS, the PILOT Agreement has been submitted to the Metropolitan Planning Commission which has recommended approval and provided a list of other LIHTC properties in the census tract; and

WHEREAS, MDHA has certified that the Project is consistent with MDHA’s Consolidated Plan for Nashville-Davidson County and that there are no other PILOT agreements in effect in the same census tract of the Project Site; and

WHEREAS, those portions of the Project and the Project Site owned by MDHA will be exempt from ad valorem taxation pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated 67-5-206; and

WHEREAS, the Owner has agreed to make annual PILOT payments payable to the Metropolitan Government in accordance with the attached PILOT Agreement; and

WHEREAS, the value of the project when completed is estimated to be $29,038,893 based on an income evaluation of the Project and its corresponding tax credits;

WHEREAS, for the purpose of the $2,500,000 annual cap set forth in the PILOT Ordinance, the difference between the annual in lieu of tax payment payable under the PILOT Agreement and the projected real property ad valorem taxes that would otherwise be payable with respect to the Project in the first tax year after completion of the Project is $198,945; and

WHEREAS, MDHA’s entering into the PILOT Agreement to facilitate the Project is in the interest and welfare of the citizens of the Metropolitan Government and will further MDHA’s public purposes by providing financial incentives for construction and rehabilitation of affordable housing units through the federally sponsored low income housing tax credit program resulting in a positive impact on the supply of affordable housing in Davidson County; and

WHEREAS, MDHA has submitted the PILOT Agreement to the Metropolitan Council for approval as required by the Act and the PILOT Ordinance.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:

Section 1:                     That the Council of the Metropolitan Government finds that MDHA’s entering into the PILOT Agreement and acceptance of payments in lieu of ad valorem taxes with respect to the Project Site and the Project is in furtherance of the MDHA’s public purpose of providing for and facilitating an adequate supply of affordable housing and in furtherance of the other public purposes described above.

Section 2:                     That the PILOT Agreement and the Project comply with the PILOT Ordinance and the PILOT Program.

Section 3:                      The Council of the Metropolitan Government finds that for the purpose of the $2,500,000 annual cap set forth in the PILOT Ordinance, the difference between the annual in lieu of tax payment payable under the attached PILOT Agreement and the projected real property ad valorem taxes that would otherwise be payable with respect to the Project in the first tax year after completion of the Project is $198,945.

Section 4:                     That the Council of the Metropolitan Government hereby approves the terms of MDHA’s PILOT Agreement with the Owner in the form attached as Exhibit A.

Section 5:                      That this Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

 

 

Agenda Analysis

Analysis

 

This resolution authorizes the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) to enter into an agreement to accept payments in lieu of taxes (PILOT) for a multi-family housing project located at 5800 Maudina Ave, known as Richland Hills. In 2016, Ordinance Nos. BL2015-1281, BL2016-334 and BL2016-435 authorized MDHA to negotiate and accept PILOT payments from operators of low income housing tax credit (LIHTC) properties, capped at $2,500,000 annually. If approved, this PILOT, would be the twenty-ninth such PILOT program overall, and the seventh for MDHA in 2021. Before this project, the amount of annual funding available for LIHTC projects is $762,557, accounting for the Poplar Bend project in RS2021-910, Riverwood Tower project in RS2021-911, Chippington Towers project in RS2021-1041, Shelby House project in RS2021-1117, 900 Dickerson project in RS2021-1173, and Fairground Site C project in RS2021-1174.

 

PILOT agreements essentially provide tax abatements for real and/or personal property taxes that would otherwise be owed to the Metropolitan Government. PILOTs were historically used by Metro to provide incentives through the Industrial Development Board (IDB) to large employers to create job opportunities. But Tenn. Code Ann. § 13-20-104 was amended several years ago to give MDHA the authority to enter PILOTs to create affordable rental housing subject to Council approval.

 

MDHA developed their PILOT program to provide additional financial incentives to developers considering construction or rehabilitation of affordable housing units through a federally funded LIHTC program. Subsidized LIHTC developments serve those at or below 60% of the average median income (AMI) for the Nashville area, which translates to an income cap of $35,460 for individuals and $50,580 for families of four in 2021. Once negotiated by MDHA, each PILOT agreement must be approved by the Council by resolution.

 

The maximum term for the PILOT payments under this program is 10 years. The PILOT agreement would only be available for additional tax liability over and above the pre-development assessed value of the property. The program is available for both existing and new developments, based on financial need. The PILOT lease is to be terminated if the property sits vacant for two years.

 

MDHA is required by state law to file an annual report with the Council, Assessor of Property, and State Board of Equalization identifying the values of the properties subject to PILOTs, the date and term for each PILOT, the amount of PILOT payments made, and a calculation of the taxes that would otherwise be owed.

 

The owner of the property, Richland Hills Housing Partners, LP, plans to rehabilitate approximately 201 units to be restricted to individuals and families earning at or below 60% AMI. The amount of the PILOT payment to Metro will be $182,975 in the first year. The owner will be required to pay a monitoring and reporting fee to MDHA not to exceed 5% of the in lieu of tax payment. The estimated project valuation is $29,038,893.

 

Fiscal Note: This PILOT request would require the developer to make a first-year payment of $182,975 in lieu of property taxes, with a 3% annual increase through the remainder of the 10-year period.

 

In addition to the PILOT payments, the developer would be required to pay a monitoring and reporting fee to MDHA. This fee would be set by MDHA not to exceed five percent (5%) of the amount of the PILOT payment due each year.

 

The final assessed value of this project will not be known until completion. However, the value of the project when completed is estimated to be $29,038,893. For purposes of this analysis, this number will be used as a reasonable estimate of the final project value.

 

Over the 10-year life of this PILOT agreement, a total of $1,721,595 would be abated, although Metro would still receive $2,097,600 in property taxes from this project, as depicted in the following table:

Real Property Tax (New)

 

 

 

 

 

Year

Total Value

Standard Tax

Still Pay

Abatement

Abatement %

 

1

$29,038,893

$381,920

$182,975

$198,945

52.1%

 

2

$29,038,893

$381,920

$188,464

$193,456

50.7%

 

3

$29,038,893

$381,920

$194,118

$187,802

49.2%

 

4

$29,038,893

$381,920

$199,941

$181,979

47.6%

 

5

$29,038,893

$381,920

$205,940

$175,980

46.1%

 

6

$29,038,893

$381,920

$212,118

$169,802

44.5%

 

7

$29,038,893

$381,920

$218,481

$163,439

42.8%

 

8

$29,038,893

$381,920

$225,036

$156,884

41.1%

 

9

$29,038,893

$381,920

$231,787

$150,133

39.3%

 

10

$29,038,893

$381,920

$238,740

$143,180

37.5%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Totals

 

 

$3,819,195

$2,097,600

$1,721,595

45.1%

 

After the property tax abatement from this project, $563,612 would still be available within MDHA's annual cap of $2.5 million for other PILOT projects in 2021.