Whereas , The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to provide forthwith for the conveyance of certain land, 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. Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 40F, 40F½, 40H and 40I, of chapter 7 of the General Laws, the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance, in consultation with the armory commission, may convey to the city of North Adams, by deed approved as to form by the attorney general, a certain parcel of land and the building thereon located in the city of North Adams, and commonly known as the North Adams armory property. The parcel is to be used by the city of North Adams as a community center. The parcel is bounded and described as follows:-
Beginning at a point on the easterly side of Ashland Street at the southwest corner of land now or formerly owned by William Martin, thence running easterly along the southerly line of land of said Martin and land now or formerly of the Hawkes' Estate, one hundred and eighty (180) feet, more or less, to a point in the westerly line of land now or formerly of James Loomis;
Thence southerly by land of said Loomis, ten (10) feet to a point;
Thence easterly along the southerly line of land of said Loomis, one hundred twelve and 7/10 (112.7) feet, more or less to a point;
Thence southerly by land of said Loomis, thirty-one and 4/10 (31.4) feet, more or less, to a stake;
Thence easterly by land of said Loomis, fifty-five and 71/100 (55.71) feet, more or less, to Royal Avenue;
Thence southeasterly by Royal Avenue, one hundred forty-three (143) feet, more or less, to Porter Street;
Thence westerly by said Porter Street, three hundred and seven (307) feet, more or less, to Ashland Street;
Thence northwesterly by Ashland Street, one hundred eighty-two and 6/10 (182.6) feet, more or less, to the first mentioned bound and point of beginning.
SECTION 2. The consideration to be paid by the city of North Adams for the conveyance of the North Adams armory property as described in section 1 shall be the full and fair market value of the land and the building thereon based upon 1 or more professional appraisals commissioned by the division. The inspector general shall review and approve the appraisal or appraisals, and the review and appraisal shall include an examination of the methodology utilized for said appraisal or appraisals. The commissioner shall, 30 days prior to the conveyance authorized by this act, submit a report to the inspector general. The inspector general shall prepare a report of his review and approval of the appraisal or appraisals and file the report with the commissioner, and copies of the same shall be filed with the house and senate committees on ways and means and with the chairmen of the joint committee on state administration at least 15 days prior to the execution. All money paid to the commonwealth by the city of North Adams relating to the conveyance of the North Adams armory property to the city shall be deposited in the General Fund of the commonwealth.
SECTION 3. The city of North Adams shall be responsible for all costs associated with any appraisal, survey, or other expense incurred by the commonwealth relating to the conveyance of the North Adams armory property as authorized by section 1 of this act, and for any costs, liabilities, or expenses associated with the disposition of said parcel as may be determined by said commissioner.
SECTION 4. In the event that the North Adams armory property, as described in section 1, ceases to be used for the purpose described at any time, the property shall revert to the commonwealth, and any further disposition of the property shall be subject to the provisions of sections 40E to 40J, inclusive, of chapter 7 of the General Laws and the prior approval of the general court.