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  • Acts
  • 1999
  • Chapter 138 AN ACT PROVIDING FOR DISPOSITION OF LAND TO THE LAWRENCE REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.

Whereas , The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to authorize forthwith the disposition of certain land in the city of Lawrence, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.


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 commissioner of the division of capital asset management and maintenance may, notwithstanding the provisions of sections 40F to 40I, inclusive, of chapter 7 of the General Laws, and notwithstanding the provisions of sections 61 to 62H, inclusive, of chapter 30 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary to release, grant and convey title to, and an easement in, certain parcels of land currently under the care and control of the department of environmental management for recreation and open space purposes, located in the city of Lawrence and more particularly described in subsection (b), to the Lawrence Redevelopment Authority subject to the requirements of sections 2 and 3, and to such additional terms and conditions consistent with this act as the commissioner may prescribe in consultation with the department of environmental management.

(b) Parcel 1. Title in fee simple in a parcel of land shown as Park Drive on a plan of land entitled "Definitive Subdivision, Definitive Plan, Lawrence Riverfront Industrial Park, Andover Street, Lawrence, MA." prepared by W.C. Cammett Engineering, Inc., of Amesbury, Massachusetts, dated August 21, 1995, Sheets 7 and 8 of 22, recorded with the Essex county north district registry of deeds on November 30, 1995, Plan #12729, containing 67,628 square feet, more or less, for the purpose of annexation to, sale and development of land now owned by the Lawrence Redevelopment Authority and known as the Lawrence Riverfront Industrial Park.

Parcel 2. Title in fee simple in three parcels of land shown as parcel numbers 29, 31 and 32 on a plan of land entitled "Land Acquisition Plan For Lawrence Redevelopment Authority Riverfront Urban Renewal Project," prepared by Cullinan Engineering Co., Inc., of Auburn and Boston, Massachusetts, dated August 1, 1986, as revised through December 21, 1987, Sheet 5 of 5, recorded with said Registry of Deeds on June 27, 1988, Plan #11170, containing, in the aggregate, 16,210 square feet, more or less, for the purpose of conveyance to the City of Lawrence for laying out a public way.

Parcel 3. Perpetual easement for the purpose of installation, maintenance, repair and replacement of a sewer line on a parcel of land shown as "Proposed Sewer Easement to be Granted to City of Lawrence in Lawrence, MA" prepared by W.C. Cammett Engineering, Inc., of Amesbury, Massachusetts, dated June 10, 1998, containing 22,144 square feet, more or less, said plan on file with the city attorney's office for city of Lawrence and to be recorded with the deed of easement hereby authorized.

SECTION 2. Consideration for transfer of the parcels authorized in section 1 shall be construction of a recreation trail on land in the city of Lawrence now owned by the commonwealth and under the care and control of the department of environmental management, to be located, designed and constructed as specified in a development and construction agreement between the Lawrence Redevelopment Authority and the department of environmental management, at the sole cost and expense of the Lawrence Redevelopment Authority, said construction to be completed within five years of the date a deed from the commonwealth for any one of the parcels set forth in said section 1. If the value of the parcels conveyed herein is greater than the value of the construction of said recreation trail, said city of Lawrence shall pay the difference in said value to the commonwealth as additional consideration for said conveyance.

SECTION 3. No deed by or on behalf of the commonwealth conveying the fee interests in Parcels 1 and 2, or the easement in Parcel 3, described in section 1 of this act shall be valid unless such deed provides that said fee interests and easement shall be used for the purposes described in said section 1.

Approved November 23, 1999.