Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Notwithstanding the provisions of sections forty E to forty J, inclusive, of chapter seven of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the commissioner of the division of capital planning and operations, in consultation with the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, is hereby authorized and directed to grant an easement by deed approved as to form by the attorney general, without consideration, over a parcel of land located in the city of Lowell to the United States of America for development of a public pedestrian walkway, known as the Canalway and related activities pursuant to the Lowell National Historical Park Act, consistent with the preservation plan developed pursuant to said act, subject to the requirements of sections two and three. Said parcel is designated as Tract 103-05, Lowell Historic Preservation District is shown as "Proposed Easement Number 1" on a certain plan entitled: "Canalway Easement Plan of Land in Lowell, MA, Middlesex County, prepared for Lowell Historic Preservation Commission" by C.T. Male Associates, P.C., said plan to be recorded at the Middlesex north district registry of deeds.
Being a portion of the premises conveyed by City Development Authority, a public body, to Lowell Technological Institute on behalf of the commonwealth by deed dated December 2, 1968 and recorded at said registry of deeds in Book 1874, at Page 160.
SECTION 2. The commissioner of the division of capital planning and operations shall grant a right of reasonable access by foot and vehicle over adjacent lands to facilitate the installation and maintenance of improvements related to said easement.
SECTION 3. The commonwealth shall not assume any costs for appraisals, surveys, and other expenses deemed necessary by the commissioner of the division of capital planning and operations for the disposition of this property, or for its development or maintenance.
SECTION 4. This act shall take effect upon its passage.