SECTION 1. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the city of Springfield, acting by and through its city council, with the approval of is mayor, may convert and transfer the care, custody and control of a certain parcel of park land currently held by the board of park commissioners, to the school committee for the siting and construction of a new DeBerry/Homer Street Elementary school building, without any restrictions imposed of such parcel by Article 97 of the amendments to the Constitution. The parcel of land known as DeBerry Park, bordered by Monroe street, Eastern avenue, and Union street, consists of 2.8461 acres more or less, is shown on a plan of land entitled "DeBerry Elementary School Park Parcel, Exhibit Plan of Land in Springfield", dated 10/17/19.
SECTION 2. (a) In exchange for the conversion and transfer of the parcel of land described in section 1, and to ensure a no-net-loss of land protected for park purposes, the city of Springfield, by its city council, with the approval of the mayor, shall acquire by purchase or eminent domain a parcel of privately owned land, hereinafter referred to as Parcel A, and shall transfer custody and control of 2 parcels of city land, hereinafter referred to as Parcels B and C, and dedicate parcels A, B and C for public park purposes under the care, custody and control of the board of park commissioners, under Article 97 of the amendments to the Constitution, which parcels of land are identified and shown on a plan entitled "King Street and Wilbraham Avenue".
(b) The parcels to be dedicated for the replacement park land are: Parcel A, land owned by Springfield College totaling approximately 1.27 acres, less approximately 0.03 acres (Parcel D) to be used for roadway purposes; Parcel B, land owned by the city of Springfield totaling approximately 1.65 acres, less approximately 0.03 acres (Parcel E) to be used for roadway purposes; and Parcel C, a portion of Wilbraham avenue owned by the city of Springfield, totaling 0.56 acres, to be discontinued as a city street and combined with the 2 other parcels to form the replacement park parcel totaling approximately 3.43 acres.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
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