HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 94186 FILED ON: 7/29/2009
HOUSE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No.4186
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
By Mr. Walsh of Lynn, for the committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight, House, No. 3507 , authorizing the commissioner of the division of capital asset management and maintenance to convey land in agawam to united veterans of america , inc. for the purpose of veterans' housing . (House, No. 418 6 ). July 29, 2009.
AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE COMMISSIONER OF THE DIVISION OF CAPITAL ASSET MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE TO CONVEY LAND IN AGAWAM TO UNITED VETERANS OF AMERICA, INC. FOR THE PURPOSE OF VETERANS' HOUSING.
FOR THE COMMITTEE:
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
In the Year Two Thousand and Nine
An Act AUTHORIZING THE COMMISSIONER OF THE DIVISION OF CAPITAL ASSET MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE TO CONVEY LAND IN AGAWAM TO UNITED VETERANS OF AMERICA, INC. FOR THE PURPOSE OF VETERANS' HOUSING.
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. The Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance, notwithstanding the provisions of sections 40E through 40J, inclusive, of chapter 7 of the General Laws, shall lease up to 6 acres of land known as the Feeding Hills Training School located at 702 South Westfield St. in the Town of Agawam for a term or terms not to exceed 25 years, to United Veterans of America, Inc. d/b/a Soldier On for the purpose of veterans’ housing. The exact boundaries of the parcel shall be determined by the commissioner of the division of capital asset management and maintenance in consultation with United Veterans of America after the completion of a land survey and plan. Said lease shall be for nominal consideration.
Section 2. Lessee shall be responsible for any and all costs that the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance may deem necessary in connection with the conv eyance authorized by section 1 of this act, including but not limited to, the costs of all appraisals, surveys, lease and other document preparation, recording or filing fees and any other expenses incurred in connection with the conveyance. During the term of the lease, the lessee shall be responsible for operating and maintaining the leased property and any and all costs associated with such operation and maintenance.
The lessee shall use the property solely for the purpose of veterans’ housing and the lease or other agreement pertaining to the lease of the property shall include a provision restricting the use of the property to such purposes and providing for a reversion of the property to the commonwealth if the property ceases to be so used or is used for any other purpose.
Upon failure of the United Veterans of America, Inc. d/b/a Soldier On to make use of the land and buildings for the purposes described herein, the lease hereby authorized shall be terminated, and the land and building together with any improvements thereon shall revert to the Commonwealth under the care and control of the department.
The United Veterans of America, Inc. d/b/a Soldier On shall carry such comprehensive liability insurance, in an amount deemed adequate by the commissioner of the division of capital asset management and maintenance to protect the commonwealth against property damage occurring on the leased land, within the buildings, or within any other structures built or used by the committee on the land during the term of any lease or leases authorized by this act.