SECTION 1. Notwithstanding section 3 of chapter 40 of the General Laws, or any other general or special law to the contrary, the city of New Bedford is hereby authorized to lease the property located at 680 and 684 Purchase Street in New Bedford or any portion thereof to a public or private entity for up to 99 years, upon such terms and conditions as the mayor and city council shall determine to be in the city’s interests, for the purpose of operating a performing arts center.
SECTION 2. Notwithstanding section 16 of chapter 30B of the General Laws, or any other general, special or local law to the contrary, the city of New Bedford is hereby authorized, without commissioning an appraisal or soliciting proposals, to negotiate terms and enter into a lease for the property described in section 1 and as authorized by section 1, directly with the legal Massachusetts entity responsible for the operation of the Zeiterion Theatre Performing Arts Center.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
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