HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 5077 FILED ON: 6/21/2010
House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No. 4780
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives:
I am filing for your consideration the attached legislative proposal entitled, “An Act Authorizing the Leasing of Land in Grafton to the United States Department of Labor and Authorizing the Conveyance or Lease of Surplus State-Owned Properties.” I urge prompt passage of this legislation to permit the continued use of State property in Grafton for a Job Corps facility and to allow the disposition of certain surplus property to the needs of the Commonwealth.
Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people ages 16 through 24 learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep good jobs. For many years, the United States Department of Labor has operated a Job Corps facility on portions of the former Grafton State Hospital leased from the Commonwealth. The term of the existing lease will expire at the end of June and the Department of Labor, wishing to continue the Job Corps program in Grafton, has asked the Commonwealth for a new lease. This bill authorizes the Commonwealth to enter into a new, 20-year, lease.
Three buildings currently leased by the Department of Labor are vacant and not needed for the Job Corps program. To facilitate the reuse of these buildings, the bill authorizes the disposition of said buildings, together with adjacent areas, so that they can be put into productive use for economic development, affordable housing and other uses.
I urge your prompt and favorable consideration of this legislation.
Respectfully submitted ,
DEVAL L. PATRICK,
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
In the Year Two Thousand and Ten
An Act AUTHORIZING THE LEASING OF LAND IN GRAFTON TO THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND AUTHORIZING THE CONVEYANCE OR LEASE OF SURPLUS STATE-OWNED PROPERTIES.
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 sections 40F to 40J, inclusive, of chapter 7 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance may lease all or a portion of a certain parcel of land, together with the buildings thereon, and further identified in a U.S. Government Lease For Real Property dated April 19, 1990, Exhibit B, Partial Plan of Land Showing Parcel Leased United States Of America For A Job Corps Center in Grafton and Shrewsbury, dated Oct. 1, 1979, located on the easterly side of Pine Street in the town of Grafton and Green Street in the town of Shrewsbury and formerly part of the Grafton state hospital, for a term, including extensions, not to exceed 20 years, to the United States Department of Labor, for rent of $1 per year. The exact boundaries of the lease premises and any roads or other infrastructure which the Department of Labor, or its agents, may use in accordance with the lease, shall be determined by the commissioner of the division of capital asset management and maintenance in consultation with the United States Department of Labor after the completion of a land survey.
SECTION 2. The lease authorized by section 1 shall be on such terms and conditions as the division of capital asset management and maintenance deems appropriate.
SECTION 3. The United States Department of Labor shall be responsible for all costs deemed necessary or appropriate by the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance for the lease authorized by section 1 including, without limitation, the costs for legal work, survey, title, appraisal and the preparation of plans and specifications.
SECTION 4. In order to facilitate the reuse of portions of the former Grafton State Hospital which are surplus to the Department ’ s Job Corps program and to the commonwealth, as further identified in section 5, the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance may, subject to sections 40E to 40J, inclusive, of chapter 7 the General Laws but notwithstanding any other general or special law to the contrary, sell, lease for a term or terms of up to 99 years, including all renewals and extensions, or otherwise grant, convey, or transfer to 1 or more purchasers or lessees an interest in said property identified in section 5, on the terms and conditions that the commissioner considers appropriate, taking into account principles of transit-oriented development and smart growth. The commissioner shall dispose of said property utilizing appropriate competitive processes and procedures. At least 30 days before the date on which bids, proposals, or other offers to purchase or lease the property, or any portion thereof, are due, the commissioner shall place a notice in the central register published by the state secretary under section 20A of chapter 9 of the General Laws stating the availability of the property, the nature of the competitive process and other information that he considers relevant, including the time, place and manner for the submission of bids, proposals and the opening thereof. The grantee or the lessee shall enter into a historical covenant agreement with the Massachusetts historical commission which shall be filed with the registry of deeds and run with the land in perpetuity.
SECTION 5. The property subject to section 4 includes, without limitation, the buildings identified as Building No. 14 (Pines C), Building No. 15 (Pines D) and Building No. 16 (Pines E) on the plan referenced in section 1 and such other lands as the commissioner deems appropriate. The exact boundaries of the property and any roads or other infrastructure which lessee or purchaser may use in accordance with the lease or deed, be determined by the commissioner of the division of capital asset management and maintenance in consultation with the United States Department of Labor after the completion of a land survey.
SECTION 6. In connection with any conveyance or lease pursuant to this act, the commissioner may grant easements or other rights to use roads and infrastructure and to install utilities on adjoining land of the commonwealth, and may retain such easements or other rights for the commonwealth.
SECTION 7. The grantee or lessee selected pursuant to section 5 shall be responsible for all costs and expenses including, but not limited to, costs associated with any engineering, surveys, appraisals and deed preparation related to the transfers and conveyances authorized in section 5 as those costs may be determined by the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance. The grantee or lessee shall acquire said property in its existing condition without any warranty by the commonwealth.