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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 2582        FILED ON: 5/14/2010

SENATE  .   .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2438



The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Richard R. Tisei


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the passage of the accompanying bill:

An Act authorizing the city of Melrose to enter into a tax deferment agreement with Stone Place Limited Partnership .






Richard R. Tisei

Middlesex and Essex

Katherine Clark

32nd Middlesex

Thomas M. McGee

Third Essex and Middlesex

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand and Nine



An Act authorizing the city of Melrose to enter into a tax deferment agreement with Stone Place Limited Partnership .


              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

SECTION 1 .   Notwithstanding the requirements of sections 1 through 72 of chapter 44 of the General Laws, sections 1 through 94 of chapter 59 of the general laws, or any other general or special law to the contrary, the City of Melrose, with the approval of its board of assessors, is hereby authorized and empowered to enter into, and execute, a tax deferment agreement, in substantially the same form as attached hereto, with Stone Place Limited Partnership, a Massachusetts limited liability company with a usual place of business at 398 Columbus Avenue, Suite 293, Boston, Massachusetts 02116.

Said agreement shall provide, substantially, as follows:

(1)                Stone Place Limited Partnership is about to undertake the restoration and conversion of an old mill complex – wherein Phase 1 of this project will consist of 212 rental apartment units – on a portion of the former Boston Rubber Shoe Factory site located off of Washington Street and Pleasant Street within the City of Melrose, and with addresses of 72 and 78 Stone Place, and 99R and 101 Washington Street.  Phase 1 of the project will also consist of three new buildings including a club house, with a number of amenities therein for the benefit of the project’s residents.


(2)                The City of Melrose and Stone Place Limited Partnership are desirous to enter into a tax deferment agreement wherein Stone Place Limited Partnership would be entitled to defer a portion of its real property tax liability on Phase 1 of the project.  Said tax deferment period would commence upon completion of Phase 1, as evidenced by receipt of a final Certificate of Occupancy for the 212 units. 

(3)                The City of Melrose and Stone Place Limited Partnership agree that any deferred tax payments from Stone Place Limited Partnership shall be assessed interest at a rate of 4.5 percent per annum.


(4)                Deferred tax payments, per unit, for Phase 1 of the project shall be made in accordance with the following tax deferment schedule:



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Notwithstanding the aforementioned tax deferment schedule, Stone Place Limited Partnership shall remain ultimately responsible for payment of its full per unit tax assessment each year.  In the event the actual per unit tax payment due the City of Melrose from Stone Place Limited Partnership exceeds the proposed per unit tax payment referenced above, the delta shall be deferred in accordance with this special act and interest of 4.5 percent per annum will accrue, and will be compounded each year. 


(5)                In the event Stone Place Limited Partnership transfers its interest in the project to a successor third party owner, the terms of this deferment agreement shall apply to that successor owner. 


(6)                Said tax deferment agreement shall terminate upon recording of a Condominium Master Deed if the project is converted from rental apartment units to condominium units.


(7)                The aforementioned tax deferment agreement may be terminated upon payment of all actual and deferred taxes, including any interest, by Stone Place Limited Partnership or successor owners of said project.

SECTION   2.   In connection with the aforementioned tax deferment agreement entered into between the City of Melrose, with the approval of its board of assessors, and Stone Place Limited Partnership, or its nominee, the Melrose board of assessors shall forthwith cause to be recorded in the registry of deeds for Middlesex County a statement of their action which shall constitute a lien upon the land covered by said tax deferment agreement for such taxes having been assessed under this special act, plus interest as hereinbefore provided.  The statement shall name Stone Place Limited Partnership, as owner, and shall include a description of the land adequate for identification.  Unless such a statement is recorded, the lien shall not be effective with respect to a bona fide purchaser or other transferee without actual knowledge of such lien.  The filing fee for such statement shall be paid by the City of Melrose and shall be added to and become part of any taxes due from Stone Place Limited Partnership to the City of Melrose.

SECTION 3.   In addition to the remedies provided for in the tax deferment agreement referenced herein, the recorded statement of the assessors provided for in this act shall have the same force and effect as a valid taking for nonpayment of taxes under section 53 of chapter 60 of the General Laws.

SECTION 4.   This act shall take effect upon its passage.

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