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The 190th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


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 40E to 40I, inclusive, of chapter 7 of the General Laws, the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance may acquire by purchase, gift, eminent domain pursuant to chapter 79 of the General Laws, or otherwise, on such terms and conditions consistent with this act as the commissioner may determine, and the city of Chicopee may convey to the commonwealth acting by and through the division of capital asset management and maintenance, any and all interests in those certain parcels of land located in the city of Chicopee, described in section 3, including, but not limited to, the acquisition of land, buildings and easements, as the commissioner shall determine necessary for the construction and operation of a women's correctional facility.

SECTION 2. If the acquisition of the parcels of land described in section 3 is by purchase, the purchase price for the interests acquired by the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance pursuant to section 1 shall be the fair market value of said interests as determined by the commissioner based on an independent appraisal made by a qualified, disinterested appraiser. The inspector general shall review and approve the appraisal and the review shall include an examination of the methodology utilized for the appraisal. The inspector general shall prepare a report of his review and file the report with the commissioner for submission to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the house and senate chairmen of the joint committee on state administration.

SECTION 3. The parcels are labeled "Lot 1 - Parcel 'A'" and "Lot 1 - Parcel 'B'" on the plan entitled "Plan of Land prepared for the City of Chicopee, Atwater Park, Center Street, Chicopee, Massachusetts" prepared by Messier & Associates, Inc., on file in the office of the division of capital asset management and maintenance. The parcel labeled "Lot 1 - Parcel 'A'" contains 2.215 acres according to the plan and the parcel labeled "Lot 1 - Parcel 'B'" contains 18.362+ acres according to the plan.

SECTION 4. The parcels owned by the city of Chicopee, were acquired for open space and park purposes, and are currently used for a dog pound and open space. The parcels are to be diverted from their present uses to use for a women's correctional facility.

SECTION 5. Item 1102-8969 of section 2 of chapter 12 of the acts of 1996 is hereby amended by inserting after the word "facilities", in line 1, the following words:- , and the Woman's regional county facility in the city of Chicopee.

Approved August 10, 2000.