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The 191st 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. The city of Brockton, acting by and through its mayor and city council, may convey 2 contiguous parcels of vacant land located in the city to the Brockton Housing Authority for the construction of affordable housing. The consideration to be paid for each parcel shall be $10,000. The first parcel of land is shown as plots 2 and 2-2 Sheppard street on the city of Brockton assessor’s map 86 and contains 9,451 square feet, more or less. The second parcel of land is shown as plot 48-2 Tribou street on the city of Brockton assessor’s map 86 and contains 6,616 square feet, more or less. Both parcels were taken by the city of Brockton from Carl E. Forsberg and Charles E. Johnson for park purposes on September 13, 1976, and the taking recorded with the Plymouth county registry of deeds in book 4208, page 172.

SECTION 2. The Brockton Housing Authority shall assume the costs of all appraisals, studies, surveys and other expenses related to the conveyance of the city’s land referenced in section 1.

SECTION 3. As a condition of the conveyance authorized in sections 1 and 2, the city of Brockton shall transfer a parcel of land under the care, custody, management and control of the mayor and city council and dedicated for general municipal purposes to the parks department or the conservation commission. The parcel shall be dedicated for park or conservation purposes. If no suitable parcel can be transferred for park or conservation purposes, the city shall acquire a parcel of land or a conservation easement, as defined in section 31 of chapter 184 of the General Laws, and shall dedicate the land or easement, which shall fall under the jurisdiction of the parks department or the conservation commission, to park or conservation purposes. The parcel dedicated pursuant to this section shall be of equal or greater size and value for park or conservation purposes to the parcels described in section 1, as determined by the parks department or the conservation commission.

SECTION 4. If the land conveyed pursuant to section 1 ceases to be used for the purposes described in section 1, the land shall revert back to the city of Brockton for conservation or public park purposes.

SECTION 5. This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved July 8, 2008